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Here on the Frump Fighters blog (written specifically for moms!), we make it our goal to help you wade through the fashion world and easily find the bright, exciting new things that can help you step up your wardrobe.
While we do try to focus on classic styles that can carry you through many years without looking dated, an easy way to avoid “frumpy” is by incorporating seasonal trends into your closet.
It helps freshen and update your look—eliminating the risk of “falling behind” or looking “dated.” Nobody wants that!
Warm weather is quickly on it’s way and with it another season full of new trends and styles we can explore together!
As you learn what’s “in style” your confidence while shopping and dressing will skyrocket.
But figuring out what’s in style each season can be time consuming.
We’re here to make it easy for you to feel confident about what you wear, what you buy, and what you don’t buy.
Rules to Remember So You Don’t Waste Money When Shopping Trends
Rule #1 – Shop your closet first!
So many of these styles/colors are probably already in your closet (especially some of the come-back trends). Take our checklist and look for these in your closet. You might even separate them out and hang them in their own section. That way you can have fun drawing from those “trending now” pieces as you dress this spring/summer!
Rule #2 – Only buy a trending item if it meets the following criteria:
- It’s in your personal style OR you’ve been noticing it for a while and it’s “grown on you.” We don’t want to buy things just because they’re trending and you see them everywhere. If it’s “so not you” you probably won’t enjoy wearing it and it will sit unused!
- It will combine with plenty of other items in your wardrobe. Pause and mentally combine this item with the rest of your wardrobe. You can use our Interactive platform to set up your digital closet so this is easy to do!
As long as you follow these rules your trends purchases will give you your money’s worth!
So, ladies, here’s our Spring & Summer 2022 edition of “Fashion Trends That Are Mom Friendly.”
These current trends made the cut, and there are others that we chose NOT to include either because they were expensive or not conducive to mom life!
You can be confident that by adding a trend or two to your wardrobe, you will be able to easily create the perfect dressy spring outfits or the chic, casual summer outfits for moms!
On Trend in 2022: Colors and Patterns
Look For: White Dresses
Any skirt length, any sleeve length, there’s lots of options for white dresses! Besides the color, the other thing that is in common with many dresses out there is light and breezy – AKA: comfy and forgiving!
Don’t let the color scare you – just grab yourself a bleach pen for easy stain removal and wear the dress!
Look For: Coral
Almost any shade of coral is out there, so even if it’s not your best color, you can probably find some type of clothing piece, shoe or accessory to brighten your wardrobe. If you’re hesitant to put a coral shirt or pair of pants on, grab a purse or statement necklace for a pop of color!
Look For: Tie Dye
Yes it’s STILL going strong!
It’s a 90’s comeback trend, and I know you ladies – you either love it or you hate it!
Note, it’s changed since the multi-color kind of the 90’s. Now you’ll see monochrome versions: one color in various shades.
Look For: Earth Tones
All shades of khakis and tans are continuing to trend – they are a perfect spring and summer neutral. It’s always nice to see such a staple on trend!
Look For: Pink
This is my favorite trend. Everything pink is my favorite so maybe I am biased though.😂
Many shades of pink are out there, but I am seeing a lot of cooler tones like bubblegum and fuschia!
A bright pink is on Pantone’s 2022 spring & summer color trends list. If you want to see a full report, go check it out!
Look For: Gingham
If there ever was a print that just screamed “SUMMER!” this is it. Gingham is all in. Small scale and large scale, especially in bright colors such as yellow, pink, royal blue and kelly green.
If you want to mix up the patterns in your wardrobe this is a great trend to add!
Look For: Yellow
Daisies. Sunshine. Honey Bees. Friends, if you are a color season that can wear yellow, WEAR YELLOW. It’s so bright and cheery you can’t go wrong!
Even if yellow doesn’t look good near your face, it works well as an accent color such as in shoes, your bag, scrunchies, or jewelry. You can also get yellow shorts, a yellow skirt, or yellow pants! Just make sure the shade of yellow you buy works with your other colors (your wardrobe color scheme)!
Look For: Chambray/Denim
Denim is the best neutral and you can find almost any style in this material. Dresses, skirts, rompers, shackets, blouses – grab one and it’ll work with any colors in your wardrobe!
Look For: Ditsy Floral
I don’t think floral has ever left our trends updates! It’s always back in one form or other. The last few seasons we have been seeing a lot of small ditsy florals – in almost any type of piece!
On Trend Right now In: Specific Style Tops, Dresses & Pants
Look For: Athleisure
Another perfect trend for busy, on-the-go moms is athleisure.
Whether you are sporty by nature or just love comfort and ease, you will adore all the athleisure options you’ll see in stores right now.
We’ve talked about this trend before in previous seasons, and athleisure is still going strong, even stronger maybe!
It’s so strong that we have a mini capsule dedicated solely to athleisure!
Look For: Smocked Tops & Dresses
Smocking is a method of gathering that produces a stretchy section of fabric, usually on a bodice. It is very forgiving and flattering! Hellooooo, moms’ new favorite style!
It’s everywhere this year in tops and dresses! Around necklines, the center back of bodices, waistlines, and sleeves are all areas you’ll see smocking.
Look For: High Waisted
We’ve seen high-waisted bottoms for a few years now and they continue to be a strong trend.
Paper bag style waists with their wide ties are popular in crops, shorts, and pant lengths.
Look For: Wide Leg
Let’s talk jeans & pants for a quick moment. While skinny is not going anywhere (no, you’re not “dated” for wearing your skinnies!), we are definitely seeing SO MUCH MORE bootcut, flare, and wide leg silhouettes.
If you want to incorporate wider legs (such as linen pants) make sure that you are balancing it with a more fitted top or at least with a partial tuck.
Raw hems, distressing, high waists, and button-fronts are definitely jean characteristics that are still popular so you can invest in these trending details without worry!
Look For: Overalls, Rompers & Jumpsuits
This style can be both mom-friendly and inconvenient at the same time.
It’s easy and comfy… WIN.
It’s not easy to use the restroom with… LOSE.
It can be nursing friendly though if you go with overalls or with a button-down style.
What are your thoughts on this trend?
Look For: Puff Sleeves
Don’t let me lose you here, because here’s a truth you’re going to have to face: Puff sleeves are IN. SO IN. You won’t be getting away from them.
You can, of course, skip adding them to your wardrobe if you don’t like them.
If you do like them, they are a pretty, feminine touch to tops and dresses!
Keep in mind: These tops/dresses are a bit less versatile for use in fall and winter because cardigans often look lumpy over puffed sleeves. However, a thicker cardigan or a jacket like denim jacket or moto jacket are still great options for layering in the colder months so you can style these pieces year-round.
Look For: Button-Downs
A classic button-down is always in style – hence, it’s a classic.
The current trending twist on this style is oversize, loose-fitting button-downs. Partially tuck a button-down into your jeans and you’ll instantly add a touch of classic chic to your outfit!
Look For: Tiers
We’ve talked about this one in previous years, and it’s still going strong! Lots of dresses, tops, and skirts have tiers or wide ruffles.
I love how feminine (and often forgiving!) this style can be!
Just make sure you are following the rule of a looser item of clothing paired with a slimmer piece. I.e. your ruffled top paired with a pair of skinny jeans or your tiered dress paired with a fitted denim or moto jacket.
Look For: Short Cardigans
Cardigans as a whole are never out of style, but right now we are seeing a lot of shorter length cardigans in stores.
Of course you can use them like you would any cardigan – as a completer piece. But a lot of people are also styling them as top! Button them up and partially tuck them and there you go!
On Trend Right Now In: Shoes & Accessories
Look For: Compact Crossbodies/Fanny Packs
Bear with me here. I still cringe a little at the word fanny pack. Ugh. Yeah, I just don’t know if I can do it.
BUT. Even though I’m not sure about the word itself, it’s hard to argue with the usefulness of a hands-free bag. Whether you go with a true waist-tied fanny pack style or a crossbody there are a lot of options out there for a variety of tastes! And it’ll hold all your things close to you without tying up your hands.
Look For: Chain Jewelry
Sometimes called paper clip style, chain link style jewelry is very popular. Necklace, earrings, bracelets, even purse straps!
Look For: Low-Profile Sneakers
Like so many of these trends, a lot of them can go hand in hand. This kind of follows the athleisure trend in a way, but sneakers can go with SO much more than a great pair of leggings. Crop pants, shorts, casual dresses and skirts, so many options!
It’s worth noting that most trendy pairs of sneakers are white, sometimes with colored or patterned accents. LOW PROFILE is the name of the game here. These are not athletic running sneakers.
This is a great way to wear comfy, supportive shoes that are completely on trend!
Look For: Padded Sandals
I am not sure what else to call them besides the odd sounding “padded sandals” but that’s what they look like!
Straps that have a padded look. Sometimes twisted, sometimes flat, or sometimes braided. They are almost always a solid color and are either flat or heeled!
Look For: Slides
Ease is the name of the game with this trend. There are many different styles to choose from, whether you like wide straps, skinny straps, sparkles, bows, just about whatever your heart desires!
One particular brand we are seeing a lot of is Birkenstocks. This is definitely a trendy look/brand and we have a dedicated post for how to look cute and trendy while wearing Birkenstocks!
A fun shoe is a great way to create casual summer outfits for moms that are simple, but chic!
Look For: Clips, Scrunchies, & Headbands
I’m covering hair accessory trends thoroughly because:
It’s a super inexpensive way to look trendy
It’s a very mom-friendly way to look trendy (hello messy buns and ponytails!)
I’m personally loving most of these trends, except I stick with the bow or scarf scrunchies because the regular scrunchies… too soon. I was a 90’s kid.
I’m all for the wrap style headbands too! Just use bobby pins at the base and teasing of your hair after the headband to help keep it from sliding back.
And let me give a shout out to spiral ties… they create a ponytail with “pop” because the hair rises up through the spirals. I love them!
If you want to dive into hair trends further we now have an entire post dedicated to easy hair trends for moms, including cuts, colors, hairstyles, and accessories!
That rounds up our mom-friendly trend forecast for Spring and Summer 2022.
Like I mentioned before, take note of the ones you love and look for those details/styles when you’re shopping.
You can be confident that when you incorporate some of these looks into your spring/summer wardrobe, you will be looking relevant, stylish, and super cute!