Chicago fashion trends: Ditch the mom wardrobe and get daring!

It’s finally full-on summertime! A whole batch of beautifully lazy days, carpool-free afternoons and easy breezy evenings means it’s the perfect season to leap out of your everyday mom wardrobe and get a little daring.

This month I’m sharing four of my personal favorite fashion risk-takers.

The seriously slouchy harem pant

A couple of decades ago, you may have referred to these baggy britches as “hammer pants.” But I assure you, you CAN touch this. The key to making these pants work is the fit. They should hit mid-rise, be slightly loose without being super baggy, and either be scrunched up to the mid-calf, or hit right above the ankle. Match them with a more fitted tailored top and a sleek pair of heels and you’re ready for a trendy night out, or throw on a tailored white tee and flips for a stroll on the boardwalk. I own two pair in black and electric blue, and find them to be mucho comfy and chic.

All whitey, then

The thought of wearing all white, especially around kids, makes most of us cradle our OxiClean and shudder in stain-induced terror. So you might want to save this trip to trendville for when you’re doing date night. I gotta say, I love the look of white-on-white for sultry summer days. Add one colorful piece like a scarf, statement necklace or fun floral shoes, and BAM, you’re the most daring girl in the room.

Patterns and prints and stripes…oh my!

This tricky trend of mixing stripes and prints goes against what all of us were taught as children about what “matches.” The Garanimals are totally freaking out right now. Nonetheless, stripes are the new neutral. When paired with delicate prints or florals, they catapult your look into a whole new high-fashion dimension. Start with a black and white or navy and white striped top and partner it with a playfully patterned skirt or pair of shorts, and see what happens.

The jumpsuit

This one might be my favorite must-try for summer. It’s the perfect all-in-one-piece that can be dressed up or down and go day to night in a flash. I recently bought a black strapless jumpsuit made from a jersey material that makes me feel like I’m wearing jammies, but looks “all that.” You can find them in pretty prints and chic geometric patterns, and if you’re feeling particularly pleased with your gams these days, give the shorts-jumper a go! Simple, playful, fun.

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