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Mom Wear: From Fanny Packs to Elastic-Waist Denim, What the World Still Thinks Motherhood Looks Like

By carolyncastiglia |

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Fleece: one of many "mom wear" classics.

You may not realize it, but we here at Strollerderby have tons of pitch emails to sort through on a daily basis, most for products with very tenuous connections to parenting. (From an actual pitch we got: “Whether you are standing for hours handing out candy, walking with your kids in their quest for treats or dancing in uncomfortable costume shoes at Halloween parties… foot pain can be horrifyingly excruciating. No tricks: scare away the pain of tired, aching feet with Topricin Foot Therapy Cream.”) So when we were sent an email shilling “Comfortable Colorful Denim for Busy Moms,” I started thinking: does the world still think that motherhood means wearing Mom Jeans?

Turns out, the answer is yes. I polled my over 3,000 Facebook friends and asked them, “What clothing screams ‘mom’ to you?” (besides the obvious: glittery thongs). Here’s what they told me.  I’m curious to know how many of these mom fashions you find yourself guilty of wearing!  I’m definitely guilty of a few…

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Mom Wear: From Fanny Packs to Elastic-Waist Denim, What the World Still Thinks Motherhood Looks Like

Christmas Sweaters

Or holiday sweaters of any kind, really. Though the "tacky sweater" has become so synonymous with cheesy parenthood, the Internet is overrun with photos of hipsters, male and female alike, wearing them in an ironic homage to their childhoods.
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0 thoughts on “Mom Wear: From Fanny Packs to Elastic-Waist Denim, What the World Still Thinks Motherhood Looks Like

  1. Linda, t.o.o. says:

    Yes to the yoga pants, oversized Ts, and comfy shoes.

  2. Jen says:

    Of the items on the list I have either worn them since high school (comfy shoes and yoga pants) or since I got a boat (rain jacket and visor)…… I, however, wouldn’t be caught dead in a fanny pack.

  3. goddess says:

    Yoga pants for sure~

  4. Voice of Reason says:

    Yoga pants, birkenstocks, turtlenecks, rain jackets – yes, yes, yes, yes. Never a pod pack and never ever jeans with an elastic waist!
    In my defense, I opt for a rain jacket over an umbrella so I can hold my children’s hands… oh, I guess that what makes it momwear.

  5. Bunny says:

    Elastic dresses are always good for aged people.


  6. Emily Pierce says:

    A fleece is sporty…definitely not mom-wear.

  7. Tamara says:

    All clothing, accessories, & etc have a place in ones wardrobe…well the elastic jeans might be the exception to this rule. I am guilty of comfy shoes, worn when fashion isn’t important. Oversized T shirts rule while at the gym trying to get rid of a few…ok 50 lbs of post baby weight gain. Fanny packs are fantastic if one is into hiking. Enough said, I believe you all get my point. I’m a Mother of a very active 3 year old (aka the twister of terror), about to deliver bambino #2 (tomorrow at 5:00 AM, you’re all invited), a full time employee, and a full time student. Believe me when I say yoga pants ARE my friends. Would I wear them to a black tie event…..don’t tempt me! I guess what I am saying is right now, my focus is on being a mom not a fashionista..I’m saving that for my next life.

  8. Asilee says:

    Haven’t worn any of this stuff…

  9. Gloria says:

    I’m safe I don’t wear any of these

  10. stacey@Havoc&Mayhem says:

    I’m sorry but what exactly am I supposed to wear in the rain if not a rain jacket? What makes them something to be ‘guilty’ of? Do moms wear them all the time or are moms the only people sensible enough to wear them when it rains?

    I do wear yoga pants when I am cleaning. They are much easier to bend over in.

  11. Amanda-Beth says:

    I wear turtles necks I’m not a mom. I did partially raise my siblings anything that gives you an extra hand is a plus. Do to medical reason I genrerally where gym shoes I do own a pair of dress shoes but I only wear them rarely when won’t be doing a lot of walking and their is no snow outside. I am smart enough to know a fannypack aka waist pack and please use later when talking to someone not from usa is very handy and in many ways better then purse as mucg as a purse is nice if you are n habit as I know most women are putting everything but the kitchen sink in your purse it puts strain on neck if cross body style shoulder for shoulder style and wrist and elhow when carry it in hand which then takes away a hand to do things. Its better to have distributed weight if you are going to cary things and if you truly need the room you can cary 2. None if this screams mom to me it screams active and a wise women.

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