Mom Style Monday, Spring Dress Style Edition is here! In case you aren’t familiar with Mom Style Monday, it is
“…a series of curated posts providing style inspiration for moms who want to look and feel their best. Founded by three bloggers turned friends, our passion is motivating moms to find their most stylish and most confident self.”
You can read more about us, our mission and the concept behind Mom Style Monday in our introductory post. Our first collaborative post aimed to inspire you at home by featuring chic loungewear, and our last series provided #ootd inspo for your next date night out of the house. Our mission is simple, Mallory Fitzsimmons from Style Your Senses and Cristin Cooper from The Southern Style Guide and I aim to help inspire women to look good and feel good in every journey in life.
In this edition we are tackling spring dresses and how to wear them. I have always been a fan of dresses but after having two kids my focus shifted towards jumpsuits and joggers for practicality purposes. The thought of wearing something short and tight seemed unrealistic and to be honest I was still hiding my unwanted baby weight and I did not want to put it on display. When Mallory and Cristin suggested the idea of spring dresses being our topic for April I knew I would have to tackle this trend that I had been subtly avoiding. I scoured the internet for hours trying to find something that felt versatile, springy, chic and something that would allow me to feel comfortable both inside and out. I also wanted to find a style that worked with sneakers so I could wear it both day and night.
After adding approximately 37 options to my cart I sifted through them and realized that the majority of my selections were in black and navy. Knowing that you my reader and my friends visit this blog looking for bright colorful images I tried to break out of my colorless rut and re-establish my passion for color. Keeping price point and color in mind I dove back into the Nordstrom dress section online and found this red beauty. When I received it in the mail Isabella opened the box and said, “Mommy I really wuv your dress!” When I put it on I realized I loved it too and for many reasons. I also, realized that these past few months not only had I been avoiding dresses but I had been avoiding color. I had been hiding. Color is a way to standout, especially red which signifies power, which is why men in politics often chose a red tie when giving an important speech. Bright bold color is an attention grabber and these past few months while I came to terms with my new body I hid from the attention and behind neutral colors and muted palettes. It was extremely hard for me to jump in front of the camera after having baby #2. I looked different, I felt different, I had a different body, I had less time to put myself together (seriously why isn’t there a drybar here?) and I wasn’t myself. Paige, my photographer, would try and put me at ease but I was as stiff as a board in front of the camera and would avoid dancing around in fear that the camera would catch me at a bad angle.
I have lost almost all of the baby weight, thank you Nancy Anderson, and while I still have some toning to do, I can say I finally feel like myself again. I’m not 100% sure it was about the weight but more about returning to my normal self, both mentally and physically. It is a process for sure and the internet makes it difficult to come to terms with the fact that it might take you 9 months or more to return to your self. While I don’t want to be the exact person I was right before I had Summer I still want to be a version of myself, but now I want to be even better. I’m still working on finding the balance and most likely will always be trying to find it but I’m glad that my love of bright colors has returned. While I will always love a chic all black outfit I have to admit that my most confident self will always reach for a bold colorful dress and I encourage you to try it too.
Color has the ability to brighten your face, make your hair glow and ignite a smile. If red intimidates you try a bold blue which is flattering on almost all skin tones and complexions. I highly recommend this red dress that I am wearing, the subtle shift shape makes it comfortable yet flattering. It also allows you to disguise a tummy if that is something you are trying to hide. This pretty bell sleeve style is the perfect length to pair with flats, heels or sneakers! I love it paired with these leopard heels for a date night look. Finally it is the perfect dress for Easter and if you need more Easter options you can check out my last post on conservative yet chic style. Not quite ready for this vibrant hue but love this style? Well then you are in luck because it also comes in black and white.
My whole purpose for blogging and the motivation behind Mom Style Monday is the same. We aim to motivate you to step out of your comfort zone and to inspire you to look and feel your best. So whether you are feeling your best or aren’t quite there yet I encourage you to go bold and add some color into your wardrobe. I promise it will carry over into your life as well. For more colorful style inspiration check out Mallory’s blog, Style Your Senses or Cristin’s blog, The Southern Style Guide as they both have this trend mastered.