Sep 14, 2014

Fall 2014: Five Everyday Fashions For Moms

Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger: Carmen Lawes - Frugal Fads

Fall just arrived as the temperature outside dipped from 94 degrees one day to 70 degrees the next.  I, for one, welcome the cool weather and I definitely welcome the new trends.  I've taken the liberty of picking my top five fashions for moms this fall.

1. Boyfriend Jeans
Though they have been around for years, boyfriend jeans have taken over the scene in casual wear recently.  I've even seen people dress them up with heels and a pretty lace top or a blazer for night life.  Boyfriend jeans are typically a lighter shade, looser fit, ankle length version of denim that are usually rolled at the bottom.  They are typically roughed up a little even though you can find them in a variety of styles these days.  My grandma always says "You paid for jeans with holes in them?!!!" and I giggle.  They will go with ANY type of shoe.  I have 2 pair in my closet:  one from The Limited (Slim Boyfriend) and the other from Kohls (Jennifer Lopez, Boyfriend Jean).  The Limited pair is a slimmer cut which I feel comfortable wearing to work on casual Fridays or for a girls night out.  Both versions run bigger so I went a size or two down.

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2.  Chambray Shirt
Just like the boyfriend jean, the chambray shirt is extremely versatile.  Dressed up or down, there is no doubt that this should be a staple in everyone's fall wardrobe.  And again, even though these have been around for a while, this fall they are all over the fashion scene. In past years, I would wear the chambray top with colored skinnies.  But this year denim-on-denim is all the rage and non-matching is better!  The shirt can be worn by itself or layered with just about anything.  I have two versions of this staple as well:  an old one from Kohls (Lauren Conrad-no longer available) and a sleeveless variation from Old Navy.  Below I'm showing a sleeved chambray from Old Navy too.  I like the sleeveless option for wearing underneath cardigans and blazers to rid the arm bulk.
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3.  Plaid Tops
I went to college in the 90's during the grunge era.  To me nothing is more nostalgic than a flannel shirt.  We used to tie them around our waist and head out to a party at Michigan State University.  Oh, the glory days!  Well, flannel shirts have been making their comeback for a while now and I couldn't be happier.  Plaid, in general, is big time for fall.  Check out my picks below:    Asos Plaid T-Shirt is the first one but all the rest are from Old Navy.
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4.  Leather Oxford Shoes
These just made their re-appearance this fall.  They remind me of bowling shoes! :)  I think they are adorable with boyfriend jeans and one of the plaid tops shown above.  The only thing is, I think they are going to be expensive.  I recently picked up a faux leather pair from Target that I had to return because they just felt "faux", you know?  I've pictured the Target pair below along with several real leather picks from Nordstrom.

5.  Satchel Bag
Large purses are back, which is crazy because I had gone so small recently to the point I was only carrying around a wristlet that held my phone, debit card and license. I recently purchased a satchel bag from Target similar to the 1st picture below.  I really wanted a leather version but I just couldn't bring myself to spend the extra money.  I like to change purses a lot so it doesn't make much sense to me to spend a lot on just one....even though I really really want to.  The "faux-ness" of this pleather bothers me a little but I love the purse.  Target has some great handbags at many price points, even leather ones.  I have chosen a few below.
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Carmen is a high school chemistry teacher, wife and mother of a toddler boy. She enjoys fashion, homemaking, sewing and crafts.  Carmen runs a new lifestyle blog titled "Frugal Fads"  that focuses on fashionable finds with a teachers budget while also documenting her crafts and homemaking projects.  She has a classic style and enjoys personal shopping.  She also has a relatively new Etsy site in which she designs and makes organizational buttons/magnets, titled "ButtOn Another Note".


  1. Love these ideas! I'd add pants/leggings with prints...I was scared of them at first, but now that I have a pair, I'm hooked! Plus, they are crazy comfy for chasing kiddos around ;)

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