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!
Can you believe we're heading into another new season? Maybe you can because you are already enjoying warm, sunny weather or maybe you're like me and the idea of sleeveless tops and shorts feels like a far off dream world - ha! Either way, spring is quickly on it's way and with it another season full of new trends and styles we can hardly begin to navigate.
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.
So, ladies, here's our Spring & Summer 2019 edition of "Fashion Trends That Are Mom Friendly."
These 13 current trends made the cut, and there are others that we chose NOT to include either because they were 1) expensive, 2) not modest/classy, 3) not conducive to mom life!
We even have an additional BONUS section at the end showing you trends that are still popular from previous seasons!
Tip #1 before getting started: BE PICKY WITH YOUR TRENDS.
Only try out the ones you really love and can be added to your wardrobe on a budget. Speaking of which, don't forget to grab this post's freebie that covers several ways you can incorporate trends for free or for cheap.
Tip #2 before getting started: BUILD UP YOUR BASICS WARDROBE BEFORE YOU ADD TRENDS.
If you feel like you don't have any basic outfits to start with, buying trends will only frustrate you. Make sure you have those basics first: good fitting white tee, jeans, shorts, dress. See more about basics here. When you have a good foundation, adding a trend or two to your style becomes fun and adds value to your wardrobe!
On Trend Right Now In: Colors and Patterns
Look For: Light Blue
It's typical in the spring and summer to see a few lighter colors play a main part in trends and this year is no different. All tones of light to medium blues are in full force and they are a springy color you can very easily incorporate into your wardrobe. A basic top is a particularly easy to way to do this, but don't be afraid to try a dress or pair of bottoms!
Look For: Yellow
The color of sunshine, it shouldn’t be a surprise that yellow is trending for spring and summer! Almost any shade of yellow 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 yellow shirt or pair of pants on, grab a purse or statement necklace for a pop of color!
There are two yellows on Pantone’s 2019 spring & summer color trends list. If you want to see a full report, go check it out!
Look for: Earth Tones
If tans and browns are in your color palette, prepare to rejoice! Earth tones are definitely showing up every where this year, in pretty much every style of clothing. It’s always nice to see a basic neutral trending!
Look For: Polka Dots
This is one of my favorite patterns of all time! Polka dots can be pretty classy, but also super fun! They're out in strength this year in everything from shoes to purses, from blouses to swimsuits!
Polka dots are like stripes in many ways. Easy to pattern mix, add a touch of interest without being overwhelming, and in basic colors they are a classic pattern you can use year after year.
Look for: Animal Prints
The past few fall and winter seasons have seen an uptick in leopard and other animal prints and this year I’ve seen even more spring styles in these patterns. Snakeskin and zebra print pieces are scattered out there too so if leopard isn’t your style you can try either of those!
Animal prints are also easy to pattern mix and you can make them as bold or as subtle as you want!
On Trend Right now In: Specific Style Tops, Dresses & Pants
Look for: Ruffles
Ruffles. SO MANY RUFFLES. Go to the store and you'll see ruffled tees, ruffled blouses, ruffles on swimsuits, ruffles on dresses and especially on sleeves!
Ruffles are such a feminine style and, again, you can go BIG and BOLD or subtle and minimal with this trend.
Look for: Tassels
Tassels on blouses, tassels on jewelry, tassels on purses and shoes, tassels on everything! A fun and subtle trend, I am definitely keeping my eye out for some tassel jewelry to add to my wardrobe!
Look for: Button-Front
Button-front skirts and pants were trending a lot last fall and they are continuing into spring and summer styles. From dresses to tops and jackets to skirts this trend is easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. This is an especially great trend to invest in if you are nursing!
Look For: Utility
Utility is still going strong in all types of clothing pieces. The Stay-at-Home Mom’s Year-Round Outfit guide contains both a utility jacket and a utility vest and they are two of my favorite spring outerwear pieces!
Look For: Pant Silhouettes
Let’s talk jeans & pants for a quick moment. While skinny is still the main and most popular pants style out there, we are definitely seeing an increase in boot cut and wide leg silhouettes.
Boot cut adds a slight flare to the bottom of your outfit which can create good balance, especially if you are tall! Wide leg pants are trending in crops and lighter weight bottoms, but make sure if you want to incorporate this style that you are balancing it with a more fitted top.
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!
On Trend Right Now In: Shoes & Accessories
Look For: Espadrilles
Such a fun, spring and summer look, espadrilles are out in full force this season, but not just in sandals! Slip-ons and sneakers are trending with this fun sole too!
Look for: Structured Purses & Totes
Structured purses and totes have a modern look to them and are usually simple, bold shapes in a solid color.
A lot of them are crossbody style, which are (in my opinion) the epitome of mom-friendly. Baby in one hand, toddler in another and you're not losing your purse off your shoulder. WIN!
Look For: Scrunchies
This may either make you jump up and down in excitement or cringe. Are you prepared?
If you loved the scrunchy era of your life, hold the phone, because they are back! Basic scrunchies, bow scrunchies, thick or thin scrunchies they are everywhere! I’m not sure I can jump on this bandwagon, but one big perk is that they are a lot better for your hair than tight elastics!
Trends Still Going Strong
This section is for trends we've talked about over the last year that are still popular this year! Just because they didn’t get mentioned above, doesn’t make them obsolete!
Look For: Slip-On Sandals
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!
Look For: Florals
Florals have been going strong for a while now and it doesn't appear to be a trend that will be fading any time soon! A newer floral you might see this season is smaller, ditsy florals. Florals pattern mix really well, but also are fun on their own. You can't really go wrong with whatever floral you choose!
Look For: Athleisure
Not that most of us need any encouragement to pull out our yoga pants, but this is a trend that's starting to branch out with fun, dressier details. Even for gym days, if you want something trendy to wear the rest of the day you can grab styled tops and pants that look cute on and off the treadmill.
Look For: Sneakers
I love it when basic styles are super popular. Sneakers are everywhere this season and they pair easily with hosts of different outfits!
That rounds up our mom-friendly trend forecast for Spring and Summer 2019. If you are looking for our most recent cold weather trends, check out our fall & winter trends post too!
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!