Born between the 80s and the early 2000s, it’s odd to think that the generation that we considered to be children until not so long ago are all grown up now. Not only that, they’re having children of their own and bringing new ideas and trends into the creative world of parenting.
Words: Brigitte Evans
Millennial mums are clever, educated, and bustling with excitement as they navigate through life, fighting challenges left and right. It’s a lot of work; but somehow, they juggle careers, children, and still find the time to indulge their interests. Hence, the fashion these mums pick is practical, stylish, and entirely cool and modern. Let us show you a few of their styling secrets.
1. Chic Comfort
Quick, practical, and undeniably chic is the millennial mom style game. Simple accessories, like a long scarf, will keep you warm and add a beautiful, easy detail to complement any outfit, and cool ankle boots are comfy to walk in, and yet give such a sexy, edgy vibe. Knit sweater dresses and leggings, plaid button-downs and leather jackets, straight-leg jeans and soft cashmere sweaters – who says looking good needs to involve complicated outfits and neck-breaking heels?
There’s nothing in this world that’s more versatile than a blazer, and any mum can benefit from having a well-fitted garment to help her get from her 9 to 5 job, to picking her kid up from daycare, to finally getting home for dinner. A simple black dress, a blazer, a big leather handbag (in a fun pop of colour), flats, Oxfords – all of these are the secret weapons that you can use to make sure your personal style doesn’t suffer because your day is so stuffed with obligations.
3. Matching Outfits
Look, kids are way too adorable for you to not dress them in stylish little outfits and take a bunch of pictures. Children are a creative bunch and giving them a chance to indulge in some fun fashion can be immensely fun. How to find the time to make both them and yourself look great? Easy, by picking matching outfits. Imagine both you and your daughter wearing the same kind of muted floral dress paired with tall brown boots and the smiles you’d invite as you walk down the street. It’s fun having a miniature version of yourself trailing behind you in the same outfit and charming their way to everyone’s hearts.
4. Outstanding / Bold Accessories
Accessories are a big thing for millennial mums, mostly because they’re perfectly aware just how much complexity they can add to otherwise simple outfits. A simple silver belt can make a black dress look glamorous, and a bright red lipstick paired with a red necklace can make anything pop. You can even add style to your everyday walks by picking out stylish pram liners. Basically, find the kind of shape and fit what works for you, stick to it, and then add interesting details to give the appearance of having a vastly different outfit every day.
5. Sustainable Fabrics
Millennials are the generation that is driving the trend of sustainable clothing forward, and they seem to want their fashion to be eco-friendly. Organic cotton shirts, bamboo fabrics, biodegradable materials – all of these are important because the fashion absolutely does not need to be harmful to our environment. Second-hand clothing and repurposing of all wardrobe is also a big trend. Perhaps those old jeans of yours could be made into a chic skirt, or maybe you can use a scarf to create a top that looks better than anything store-bought. These and a bunch of other projects can easily be done with the kids.
A fashion lover knows the great impact clothes can have on our confidence and our mood. If you look good, you’ll feel good, and taking the time to enjoy your interest in fashion is a great way to do that. Whether you’re a millennial or not, let yourself get creative with your outfits and your days will be a lot more fun.