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Mom-friendly spring trends to try

The thaw is on the horizon and spring break is just around the corner, but Chicago will most likely give us one last frozen hurrah before it is through with the winter weather. My favorite way to slide into spring is by selecting a few fresh fashion pieces, but they MUST be mom-friendly.

I scoured all of the spring fashion trends and found some to welcome in a warm weather wardrobe.

Grown-Up Tie Dye

My favorite way to wear this trend is to buy a tie-dye caftan or beach cover-up, then wear it over a basic tank dress with a belt. You can also DIY a perfect piece—the key is to use only one color or color family in your work so it doesn’t skew Grateful Dead-esque. Grab an inexpensive white cotton dress from Old Navy or Target, some Rit dye, rubber bands and a bucket. Try a new technique like Shibori or Ice Dye to change up the basic spiral. After years of crafting kids socks and T-shirts, time to put those skills to use for yourself!

Utility theory

THIS trend is the most mom-friendly of all because HELLO—pockets! I can finally fit all 400 Shopkins on my person so my 5-year-old doesn’t freak out. I love an olive utility jacket that nips in at the waist. Madewell and Levi’s both have adorable, affordable options. Pair with a white T-shirt and denim and you are set for spring. If you want to go all in, grab a belted utility jumpsuit—try any color except white so you don’t get asked where the paint is. Some women can really rock the utility vest, but on me, it just looks like I am heading for a fly fishing trip. No matter what style you choose, keep those extra pockets stocked for whatever spring may bring!

It was all yellow

As a (natural-ish) blonde, yellow is NOT my go-to shade. In fact, I don’t own one piece of yellow clothing. If you want to test this sunny, in-style shade for spring, make sure to grab the correct hue for your skin tone. For fair skin, opt for a darker yellow like mustard. Medium/olive skin? You can handle brighter yellows since they won’t wash you out as much. Tan/dark? Lucky gal, you can wear most shades of yellow because they can really pop against your skin. I find this shade really lifts my mood, and since we haven’t planned anything for spring break I will need a LOT of mood-boosting during the March doom & gloom.


This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of Chicago Parent. Read the rest of the issue. 

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