5 Summer Fashion Trends for Moms Who Want to Be Comfortable

Moms need to enjoy summer vacation as much as the kids do, which means that we need to feel comfortable.

Our mom bodies have changed and grown and it can be hard to find the right style that fits us.  It’s easy enough to hide that extra baby weight under heavy sweaters all winter long but hot weather means that it’s time to show off a little skin.  We love all the new summer fashion trends, but are they comfortable enough to chase the kids around? 

Thankfully, our resident fashionista, Jess, is here with a little advice for moms.  Here are a few of her favorite summer fashion trends that any mom can try out this summer and still feel beautiful, comfortable and beat the heat! 

5 Summer Fashion Trends for Moms Who Want to Be Comfortable


It seems like in an instant the weather changes from warm to HOT and then all of a sudden, if you are like me, you panic! Wait… what summer clothes do I have from last year that I still want to wear? And what trends do I want to try this year?

I put together this post to inspire you to try something new. I am constantly inspired my so many people and so many Pinterest boards, but these 5 have been my favorites for the season so far. Definitely give one or all of these summer fashion trends a try!

1. Slides

These are HAVING a moment at the moment. You might have noticed celebrities are a huge fan of the sock and slipper trend, but since filtering the slide into my everyday rotation, I can honestly say I am a HUGE fan. Slides (or slippers) are a great way to implement comfort for the summer months.  And if you suffer from heel pain, make sure to check out the best sandals for plantar fasciitis. 

There are so many different styles out there right now, but I am partial to the athletic slide.  This one from J/Slides on Zulily is affordable Nike, Adidas and other athletic brands also have their own versions.

JSlides on Zulily
Zulily.com

2. The Midi Dress

This style has been on my radar for awhile now but since I am a short 5’2″ I was always afraid to jump into this summer fashion trend. However, with the right style tricks, you can rock this look like a pro no matter what your height is.

Reasons I love this trend:
    • It makes #momlife more comfortable. I hate when I am wearing a short dress and playing with my kids but I can’t stop worrying about my butt hanging out.
    • You can wear them with cute sneakers or instantly dress it up with a wedge.

I actually used to tie a knot on the bottom of my maxi dresses because I preferred the length and the fact that you could see my shoes better.  Little did I know that I was just missing the midi from my life!

Polka-Dot Fit & Flare Midi for Women
Old Navy
If you are unsure about the midi, here are 3 easy style tips:

The length is important.  Ideally, you want the dress to hit just past your knee, but above where the “juicy” part of your calf is. Or you want it just past the biggest part of your calf, a few inches above your ankle. Basically, you want to avoid the dress hem cutting into your calf for the most flattering fit.

Avoid wearing shoes that have a strap around the ankle. This will just make your legs appear longer without cutting it off visually.

Wear heels or a wedge. There is something about feeling taller that makes us stand straighter and feel more confident. Now, if you are like me, heels are saved for a special occasion.  I rarely wear them anymore these days, because… kids. But a block heel sandal or lower wedge is more comfortable and looks great with a midi!

3. Athleisure

I’ve talked about this one before because it’s not just a summer fashion trend, it’s a year-round one. We might all own a few “work out” clothes that we may or may not use to actually work out.  And there’s a good reason we have them, because they are SO comfortable.  How do we get away with wearing yoga pants everyday, and not looking frumpy?  

Take some inspiration from Grit & Zest, who specialize in athleisure style clothing for women.  Read more about exactly what “athleisure” means and how these pieces can do double duty in your wardrobe.  This season,  put those pieces to work and break down the barriers of casual only or work out only wear.

Athleisure Style
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4. Bike Shorts

I’m aging myself here but I remember wearing these in the 90’s, in the spandex variety, with a bright neon stripe on the side and an oversized Looney Tunes tee shirt.

So when Kim Kardashian started sporting her signature bike shorts look recently, part of me was like “ew, no!” and another part of me was like, “okaaaay… maybe.”

Let me tell you something… THERE IS NO GOING BACK.

Bike shorts are the summer version of leggings! They are versatile, comfortable, perfect for playing with the kids, lightweight, basically The Best. Thing. Ever.

How do you wear them and not look ridiculous?
    • Dig in your husbands closet and “borrow” an oversized t-shirt (roll the sleeves for a more fashionable take)
    • Wear them with any tank top. Longer, shorter, cropped, fitted or flowy, you can’t go wrong.
    • Wear them with any of the shoe options mentioned above for a perfect every day look.
    • Wear it dressy.  Yes, bike shorts, with a blouse and longer blazer, pair with heels and voila! Perfection!
    • Layer. One of my favorite fashion tools. Layer on your tanktop, a denim shirt, or a flannel shirt, an oversized cardigan or a kimono.

If you are hesitant about this summer fashion trend, basically put on any outfit you normally would wear with black leggings and sub it out with a bermuda length bike short (bonus is that they are so inexpensive!)

Check out this post from Refinery29 for more inspiration!

5. Kimono

If there is ONE piece I couldn’t live without in summer, it is a great printed kimono! They are the easiest way to make an outfit.  It’s lighter than a sweater so you can stay cool and comfortable even on the hottest of days.  Pack light for your summer vacation this year because this versatile piece can be worn so many different ways.

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Four different ways to wear it:
    • Over a tank top and jeans/jean shorts
    • As a bathing suit cover up
    • Over a little black dress
    • Belted and worn as a top

The Final Touch

Complete any of these looks with the perfect piece of jewelry.  Avoid heavy, layered chains this summer and opt for something light and minimal like this circle initial necklace from Sincerely Silver.  Wear it over a plain tank top and you instantly elevate your look while still feeling comfortable.  Use the code SINCERELY15 to get 15% off your perfect summer necklace! 

Circle Initial Necklace By Sincerely Silver
Get 15% off with code SINCERELY15 at SincerelySilver.co

Summer is hard on a lot of women, moms or not, we tend to feel self conscious.  But when it’s hot outside, there is absolutely NO reason that we should have to hide or cover up. Wear the shorts. Put on your bathing suit. Find pieces that make you feel AMAZING! These are just my own personal spin on some fun summer fashion trends, and they should be just that, FUN!


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Jess Sankar is a happily married stay-at-home mother of two young daughters.  She currently manages the Running in Triangles Instagram page @running_in_triangles, where she shares self care tips for moms and creates beautiful content for both the blog and social media.  To learn more about Jess, click here.

12 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Encourage Self Care

Mother’s Day is a holiday where we recognize moms for all the amazing things they do for others. 

When we think about all the diapers changed, meals cooked, loads of laundry washed, books read and baths given, we wonder how a mom finds time to do it all in one day.  And it becomes very clear that she’s given something up in order to achieve that.  That “something” is usually self care. 

Self care is so important, but in the struggle to reach perfect mom status, we spend more energy than we have.  This leads to mental health issues, stress, anxiety, rage, insomnia and even physical pain.  In other words, it IS a big deal.  And there’s no better occasion than Mother’s Day to focus on mom’s needs for a change.

This year, consider these Mother’s Day gift ideas for the mom in your life who might need a little extra help getting in that self care time.
Mother's Day Gifts That Will Encourage Self Care
*This is a sponsored post, meaning that I received compensation in order to promote some of these products, and it may contain affiliate links. Rest assured that I only recommend products that I love from companies that I trust.

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We’re gonna start this gift guide off right… with a giveaway!

In collaboration with SincerelySilver.co, we are excited to be giving away a free necklace to one lucky winner!  The winner will be able to select one of five different styles in either silver, gold or rose gold.  The contest runs from Monday, April 15th until Friday, April 19th, with plenty of time to have the necklace delivered before Mother’s Day! 

*Please note: The giveaway is now closed!  Thank you to all who entered!  You can still find great gifts for Mother’s Day at Sincerely Silver and use the code SINCERELY15 for 15% off!
 
Mother's Day Gifts That Will Encourage Self Care

Let Her Be Comfortable

Shine The Light On Clothing
Shine The Light On

The ultra luxurious clothing line from Shine The Light On is perfect for lounging around the house, but also great for running errands, doing school pick ups or watching soccer practice.  Bonus points for helping to spread mental health awareness! Use coupon code RUNINTRIANGLES15 for 15% off your purchase!

Mother's Day Gifts That Will Encourage Self Care

Weighting Comforts
Weighting Comforts

Self care is especially important for the over touched mom who has been climbed on by kids all day long.  She’s going to need some way to reset each day and a weighted blanket can help.  Using a weighted blanket has been proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress and insomnia. 


Let Her Relax

Essential Oil Diffuser Kit
Rocky Mountain Oils

Aromatherapy is an easy way for moms to experience healing benefits.  Use a diffuser in the bedroom to induce better sleep, the office to encourage productivity, or the living room where she can go about her day and let the essential oils work their magic.  And an aromatherapy diffuser that comes with a set of the most popular essential oils makes gift giving super simple.


Cowin Noise Cancelling Headphones
Amazon.com

One of the best (and only) ways for a mom to relax in a house full of children is by with some noise canceling headphones.  A wireless, Bluetooth version will ensure she can go anywhere in peace and quiet.  Make sure to create a playlist for her on Spotify and let her escape to a world away from snack making and diaper changing.


Let Her Pamper Herself

Thermea by Nordik Spa-Nature
Read more about thermotherapy here

I will promote a spa day for every single holiday.  It is, by far,  one of the best gifts a woman could receive for Mother’s Day.  If you want to change things up, look into thermotherapy spas instead of a traditional massage and pedicure.  Try out a new place in town.  Or get her a Spa Finder gift card and let her book the spa day of her dreams.


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Skin care is often neglected by moms due to the cost and time associated with it.  So skin care gifts can mean a lot to a mom in need of some pampering.  If you’re not sure where to begin looking, then consider products that are popular and trendy such as this Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum that has over 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon.  Or, the ever popular Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. If you’re looking for something organic, try the TOHI Skin Care Line from Rocky Mountain Oils.


Let Her Indulge

Say It In Chocolate - Personalized Chocolate Message
SendABetterLetter on Etsy

Cards are great and all but what do you do with them once you’re done reading them?  How about sending her a personalized message written in delicious milk or dark chocolate instead?!  You can even upload a custom picture to be included on the box.  This unique gift from SendABetterLetter on Etsy definitely beats a Hallmark card and box of chocolates from the grocery store! 


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Or how about a variety of candy delivered right to the door every month?  She doesn’t have to share it with the kids either – she can hide in her closet and eat it like all moms do.  Or stash it away for one of those really bad days when she needs a sugar rush to keep her going until bedtime.  The Instacandy subscription box is the ultimate indulgent Mother’s Day gift. 


Let Her Get Creative

Mommy Drinks Because You Cry | A Sarcastic Coloring Book
Indigo.ca

A creative outlet can come in many forms and adult coloring books are great ones.  The stress-relieving properties of coloring books combined with sarcastic quotes that only moms will understand make this one my favorite.  But there are so many different ones to choose from, including fashion, tattoos and some designed specifically to reduce stress.


One Line A Day Memory Book
Indigo.ca

Journaling can also be a great outlet for creativity.  Bullet journals are all the rage right now and combine writing with art for a wholesome experience.  A One Line A Day journal can help a busy mom keep track of her moods, memories and document exciting changes as the kids grow.  It’s a great gift that would be easy to incorporate into any mom’s lifestyle. 


Let Her Be Proud

Mama Bear Necklace Mother's Day Gift
Sincerely Silver
Get 15% off your favorite Mother’s Day necklaces from Sincerely Silver using the code SINCERELY15.

A main reason why moms neglect self care is because they feel guilty.  So this Mother’s Day, make sure that she feels proud to take care of herself.  Get her this mama bear necklace to remind her that she is like the mama bear, who stays strong in order to take care of her babies.  And that taking care of herself is one of the best ways she can take care of her family. 

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