One of my guilty pleasures is some quiet time spent reading magazines like Glamour and Lucky. I love the inspiration that comes from their beautiful pictures and inspiring stories.
But I have to be honest.
Sometimes the stuff in those magazines is just...ugly. I know it's high fashion but part of me wonders if that means you have to be high to like it. No seriously! Who walks around wearing that stuff? I mean shoes that look like boxes? What? And purses with the fast food logos? Seriously? New York fashion week is just finishing up and a small (unrealistic) part of me would love to go someday, but the bigger (much more realistic) part of me knows that I wouldn't "understand" half the pieces walking down the runway.
Anyway... I still love flipping the pages of these magazines with a cup of coffee in hand. I basically have to put all the images I see through the "mom filter". What's the "mom filter" you ask? Well basically it's me saying to myself "I see a lot of potential here. How can I capture this look and not look like a freak? Also, how do I make this look affordable?". So I took five fall trends from my favorite mags and put them through the "mom filter" just for you. Some items probably still belong on the wish list but I can promise not one piece of clothing is over $100. I added an accessory or two to each look just for a little more color inspiration. Ok here we go!
Houndstooth seems to be the trend that's never gone away. It just comes in different forms. In one of the magazines they showcased a very tiny houndstooth skirt. No thanks. So I found one that was more of a tea length (which I think is just so classy). Paired with a comfy tee-shirt and a dark red lip, you're all set. I don't know about you, but I really love houndstooth with a little bit of red!
2) Flannel w/ Statement Necklace
This trend is hanging around from last fall but that's totally ok. That whole "lumber jack chic" is still a thing. You see a lot of flannel with jeans but I decided to pair it with a soft tulle skirt. Flannel is really easy to come by and is quite affordable. Tulle skirts tend to be a little pricey but if you're crafty enough, you could totally make one yourself! Or if you're like me and the idea of that horrifies you...then you can find some reasonably priced at Oh Sweet Joy!
3) Peter Pan Dress
The Peter Pan collared dress (or blouse) is a go-to piece for this fall. Depending where you are, the dress above might need a sweater. Here in Arizona you could totally get away with this through October. Adding a little gold to your outfit is also an idea for this fall. It takes the outfit up a couple of notches. I don't know about you, but I often find myself wishing for some of the clothing items I had as a child (in a bigger size obviously). The shoes above are perfect for that. Pretty pretty princess forever!!!
4) Sweatshirt and Full Skirt
This trend might be more of a leap for some people. The cozy casual sweatshirt with the fancy skirt. Personally? I'd LOVE to try this look out. Unfortunately I'm not sure how it would look with a giant baby bump but we'll see. One of the magazines had the causal sweater with a completely sheer maxi. Like I can see your underwear sheer. Why? I just don't even get that. So I decided the look could be easily accomplished with a little more coverage and class. Also, animal print is still in this fall but it's all about subtlety sneaking it into your outfit. These flats above do the trick!
5) Neutral Shift Dress
One thing I'm super guilty of is a colorful closet. I read an article that basically described my color/print addiction. I often find myself standing in my closet taking way too long deciding what to wear. My problem was diagnosed as not having enough "neutrals". It's so true! I hardly own anything black, white, or tan! Neutral pieces are good to have because you can build off of them with your other colorful pieces. For this fall, the simple shift dress is very popular. Old Navy has a pretty good selection with reasonable prices. For this outfit I found a simple black shift dress and then built off of that.
You could certainly accomplish these looks for even less! Hopefully this is just a good starting point. If you use any of these boards for outfit inspiration take a picture! Post it on Instagram and use the hashtag #baristamommy!