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9 Actual Summer Fashion Trends for this Busy Mom

9 Actual Summer Fashion Trends for this Busy Mom

A few weeks ago,  I saw this article on Facebook about "Fashion Trends for the Busy Mom." It was perfectly targeted. I am, in fact, a busy mom. So, I clicked on the article. The trends were either way too complicated for a “busy mom” (no I’m not spending 15 minutes making a fishtail braid) or so basic (chambray shirts? really?) that they were kind of insulting. The editorial cheerily insinuated that if I, a busy mom, added a little style to my life I would magically turn into a thin, perfectly made up, straight haired model frolicking in the park with her angel child.

I'm calling babysh*t on that article. Here are a few of the summer trends for the busy mom in my house.

The Undone Face

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The face of the season is smudgy mascara, wine teeth and dry skin! Here’s a little tutorial: 1) enjoy too much Netflix and wine 2) stumble into bed without washing your face 3) wake up

Wrongly-Buttoned Pajama Top

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Peek-a-boob! Who says moms can’t show a little skin this summer? This look says: "I forgot to get dressed today" and "Hey hubby – wanna have a quickie? No? Okay!"

Teeny Tiny Top Knot

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A teeny tiny bun on top of your head looks effortless because – it is. Make sure the knot is legitimately small as to accentuate postpartum hair loss.

Birkenstocks

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These ‘90s classics are having a comeback on the runway (or um they were two years ago). Bonus they are the only shoes that fit your feet anymore and you’ve got the tan lines to prove it.

Giant Robe

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Forget the silk kimono. What’s more boho than a giant fleece Nautica robe? It’s the perfect throw on-and-go wrap. The days may be getting warmer but, at your house, you can still dress like it’s winter in the Arctic.

Stains!

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Avocado! Tomato sauce! Vomit! Poop! Complete any outfit with this flirty finishing touch.

Chipped Pedicure

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There’s no better way to say: I haven’t had a morning alone in a month than with a five-week-old pedicure! Of course, this is for the lucky moms out there who have had a morning off in a month. Everyone else: respect.

Baby Sleeping in Ergo

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This hotly debated accessory is super cute to passersby but a faux pas to moms who know the baby should be sleeping in his crib. No other accessory better says: I almost had an hour to myself. ALMOST!

Big Ole Shorts

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The bigger the better, baby! Big Ole Shorts are the go-to summer must for busy moms. Every winter, you want to throw them out – but when the temperature soars these babies come out from their hiding place. Going to the beach? Going to the store? Going to the pediatrician for the rash quickly spreading across your child’s abdomen? Every occasion is the perfect occasion for Big Ole Shorts!

Sure, I could put a little effort in on my days “off.” But in all honesty, getting the kid dressed and fed and the dog walked and the dishes done and some bills paid and a little bit written and maybe even a shower becomes an incredible accomplishment. Being a freelance mom, I’ve realized my days “off” have become my days “on.”

So, instead of comparing my fashion choices with 20-year-old model moms and their non-drooling, non-crying babies, I’m embracing the chipped pedicure, the mystery stains, and the “big ole shorts.” Because, sometimes busy moms should feel okay to look like busy moms – especially on their days “off.”

Happy summer, moms!

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