by Aarti Kapur Singh
These summer fashion trends are bound to blow every mom’s mind out
It is difficult to look chic and trendy when you are managing kids, but being on top of trends will be easy by the time you finish reading our post on summer fashion trends of 2018 for trendy moms. While we do try to focus on classic styles that can carry you through many years without looking dated, an easy way to avoid “frumpy” is by incorporating seasonal trends into your closet. Not only will you be able to freshen and update your look–eliminating the risk of “falling behind” or looking “dated”, but being in-style will make your confidence skyrocket. Summer’s mom-approved outfits must meet the 3C’s criteria: covered, comfortable and chic.
But before figuring out what’s in style, remember these tips:
2. Build up a basics wardrobe first: Including basic blue jeans or cotton pants etc. If you feel like you don’t have any basic outfits to start with, buying trends will only frustrate you. Make sure you have those basics first: good fitting white tee, jeans, shorts, dress. When you have a good foundation, adding a trend or two to your style becomes fun and adds value to your wardrobe!
3. Look for utility: We’ve seen utility vests and jackets for a few seasons now, but this summer you’ll see them in lots of styles including skirts, shorts, dresses and even jumpsuits! Think pockets – to keep baby wipes for that trip to the park, for cellphones, keys etc.
Now since the tips are sorted, here are the trends that you could incorporate into your wardrobe to look the chic mummy that you are:
1. Blush and lavender colors:
It’s typical in the spring and summer to see a few lighter colors play a main part in new styles and this year is no different. Blush and lavender are both popular pastel tones you can very easily incorporate into your wardrobe. A basic top is a particularly easy to way to do this, but don’t be afraid to try a dress or pair of bottoms!
2. Polka prints:
Polka dots are a timeless trend – they are classy and fun at the same time. They’re out in strength this year in everything from shoes to purses, from blouses to sarees to Patiala salwars to swimsuits!
Don’t think that plaid has been ‘in’ all fall and winter” and while that’s true, gingham in particular is very popular this season! A type of plaid, gingham is usually a solid color paired with white. Navy and black appear to be the most common colors, which is awesome because this is a very easy pattern to mix and match and having some neutral colors makes your options endless.
Obviously denim jeans is a forever piece almost everyone has in their closet, but there is denim in almost every piece this season, including overalls, tops, and utility styled jackets. Lots of raw edges, however cuffs are also still popular. Be on the lookout for different colored denims paired together in one piece as well as lots of distressing and even embroidery. GAP’s newest womens’ wear collection features an amazing Wearlight Denim – so lightweight and ideal for summer! Whether you are expecting, or are a young mom, GAP has a huge collection for moms who want to be trendy. I love their mommy jeans! There are a lot of variations, but this breathable pair of trousers is something we all need, and it’s time they were revived, at least as an option to some of us. The other piece of denim you need is a jacket or shirt – again GAP has a huge range. They go with everything and anything, works perfectly for layering, and you can use them almost throughout the year. Sleeveless, waistcoat or full hands, you name it—each of them has a charm and style. A style we can never get enough of!
5. Ruffles & bell sleeves:
Go to any store and you’ll see ruffled tees, ruffled blouses, ruffles on swimsuits, ruffles on dresses and especially on sleeves! Bell sleeves are also popular and often are ruffled as well. While bell sleeves may be impractical sometimes (difficult to clean or change diapers or cook with billowing fabric), but less pronounced or “tighter” bell sleeves are definitely a must-have. These two are fun, feminine trends you can incorporate with almost any kind of outfit piece you desire. The best bit – it does well to hide post-pregnancy fat rather well and also keeps you cool and airy in the heat.
Florals have been going strong for a while now and it doesn’t appear to be a trend that will be fading any time soon! A newer floral you might see this season is smaller, ditsy florals. Floral patterns mix really well, but also are fun on their own. You can’t really go wrong with whatever floral you choose! Not just in western-wear, let the flowers bloom on your Indian outfits too.
7. Vertical stripes:
Vertical stripes create an illusion of height and take the attention away from the horizontal expansion most moms find so frustrating. Opt for chic dresses in nautical-inspired stripes from Nautica. The brand’s cuts also lend a formal look to the outfits – perfect for work – and after – for when you have to pick up baby from day-care. Shilpa Shetty Kundra was spotted wearing vertical stripes on her saree too.
9. Ballet flats:
This is undoubtedly the one trend all moms who run 24X7 will be thankful for. Ballet flats are coming out in a ton of colours, and are an instant pick-me-up for even an otherwise monochrome look. Pair them with westerns or Indians, you will never go wrong with ballet flats or even solid-colored juttis or mojris.
Athleisure comfortable, chic and easy breezy. But I get it; it is a thin line between comfort and sloppy dressing. Like everything else, there is a method to this madness too; and that’s why brands have launched track pants in so many variants, you cannot help but drool. Pick a colorful or camouflage print from GAP and go win every battle!
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