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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 2023 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 2023: Colors and Patterns
Look For: Pink
Like the past few seasons, 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 fuchsia!
There are two beautiful pinks on Pantone’s 2023 spring & summer color trends list. If you want to see a full report, go check it out!
Look For: Orange & Coral
Almost any shade of orange, including 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!
There is as orange and a coral on Pantone’s 2023 spring & summer color trends list. If you want to see a full report, go check it out!
Look For: Green
This feels like a 70’s comeback trend, and I am not sure how much I love this one personally…
…BUT if you like green and you like bright colors there’s a LOT of options out there for you!
Look For: Earth Tones
All shades of khakis, browns, 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!
- High Waisted PowerSoft Bike Shorts – 6-inch inseam
- Women’s Short Sleeve Relaxed Fit Cropped T-Shirt – Wild Fable
- Women’s Kimmy Slide Sandals
- Women’s Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans – Knox Rose
- Fanny Pack – Wild Fable
- Round Claw Hair Clip Set 3pc
- Women’s Slim Fit Square Neck Tank Top – A New Day
- UltraLite Rib-Paneled Tunic T-Shirt for Women
Look For: Chambray/Denim
We’ve talked about this trend a few times the last few seasons and we are still seeing a lot of pieces in denim or it’s lighter weight counterpart: Chambray.
The best part about this trend is denim goes with everything!
If you want to combine two different denim pieces in the same outfit we do suggest that you choose different washes to add some contrast.
Look For: Rib Knit
Rib knit is exactly that. A soft knit fabric that has “ribs” or raised vertical stripes within the fabric texture.
Lots of basic tops, tees and dresses can be found in this fabric. They make a great base piece while the ribs add some texture!
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: All Pant Shapes
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: Maxi Length
For many seasons now we’ve seen an overwhelming number of midi length dresses and skirts instead of maxi length. But maxi is back, baby!
This trend was actually reported after the spring runway shows, which always makes me skeptical for real people like us😆, but sure enough it’s trickled down and we are seeing more and more full length skirts and dresses this spring and summer.
If you are a midi lover, don’t panic. We are still seeing plenty of midi options too!
Look For: Oversize
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.
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: Padded Handbags
I am not sure what else to call them besides the odd sounding “padded” or “quilted” but that’s what they look like!
The main body of the purse has a padded look. Sometimes they are quilted in a plain square pattern, sometimes chevron, sometimes stripes. They are almost always a solid color!
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: 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: Layered Necklaces
These are different style chains layered together and usually in a short or middle length style. Often the bottom (longest) layer has a charm or pendant of some kind. The rest is pretty self explanatory!
Look For: Chunky Gold Earrings
Just like the name suggests, earrings that are gold and… you guess it, chunky. Or thick? However you choose to word it, these styles are all the rage.
You can go small or big, but make sure you are prepared for the extra weight if you go too big! Or look for a hollow option.
Almost everything in this style is a hoop or a half hoop, but there are a few others out there too (like the heart style below).
- PAVOI 14K Gold P\lated Sterling Silver Post Huggie Earrings
- Heart Earrings
- CONRAN KREMIX Small Thick Chunky Hoop Earrings with Stars
- Multi Tube Hoop Earrings
- Multi Width Hoop Earrings Set
- Textured Metal Small Hoop Earrings
- LILIE&WHITE Chunky Gold Hoop Earrings For Women
- Basic Gold Hoop Earrings For Women
Look For: Clips & 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!).
While we are still seeing scrunchies plenty, thick headbands and claw clips in every size are VERY trendy this season.
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 2023.
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!
Read this next…
In this follow-up post we take this list of trends and match them to items in our Women’s Essentials and Women’s Athleisure Capsule Wardrobe plans!