10 ways to wear leggings everywhere this week, mama

From date night to dinner with the in-laws. 

10 ways to wear leggings everywhere this week, mama

Ah, leggings. The mom BFF we never knew we needed. Leggings get us. They get that sometimes you need a more forgiving waistband than jeans can allow (thanks, postpartum life!). They get that sometimes you need to be able to sprint across the playground, crawl on the ground to clean up toys, and snuggle on the couch with your toddler—all in the same afternoon. They get that sometimes you were really going to work out later, you swear!!

In short, leggings don't judge. Which is why we're often left wondering: Wouldn't it be amazing if you never had to take them off — ever?


Here are 10 ways to wear your favorite stretchies all week while still looking like the chic, pulled-together woman you aspire to be.

1. To your kid's little league game.

Leggings were made for sporting events—how else are you supposed to jump up at a moment's notice to cheer on the home team? Pair yours with a team baseball cap and a pair of cool kicks. And because those bleachers are cold, throw on an oversized sweater to give your bum an extra layer.

2. To brunch with your girlfriends.

For a look that says “I'm excited to get out of the house without my baby" while at the same time saying “I'm going to house this eggs benedict," combine your favorite leggings with a blousy top. Then throw on a chic statement vest or jacket to give the whole look an extra dose of style.

3. To crossfit with your sister.

Those floppy shorts can't be counted on to keep you covered during the fourth round of burpees. Throw on a pair of heathered leggings and add a statement shirt that says, “Yeah, I'm a mom. So I'm already tougher than everyone here."

4. On date night.

Choose leggings in a thicker material for a more dressed up look. Top it with a detailed jacket and throw on a pair of heels for a little extra va-voom.

5. To the office.

Who said leggings at the office can't be done? The trick is to combine them with more conservative pieces, like a crisp white blouse and a tailored jacket. Finally, add a pair of statement shoes to complete the look.

6. To morning drop-off

Yes, in an ideal world you would never have to get out of the car at drop-off and could just wear your pajama pants, but on the off-chance that the spunky PTA president waves you over from the safety of your minivan, it's good to be prepared. Leather-look leggings and a comfy blazer fit the bill.

7. To the grocery store.

Errands demand comfy clothes. Leggings, a soft T-shirt, and supportive shoes are key. Throw on a denim jacket to fend off the freezer aisle chill.

8. To the playground.

For the ultimate “I'm a cool mom" vibe, throw on a statement jacket and pair it with a sleek pair of sneaks. Bold-hued beanie optional (but encouraged).

9. At home with the kids.

Also known as your life 99% of the time. We'd never tell you what to do in your own home, but the beauty of this look is that it's incredibly comfortable and perfect for everything from block building to cooking dinner. And should you have to leave the house (god forbid), all you have to do is throw on a trench coat to look completely pulled together.

10. Dinner with your in-laws.

Who doesn't need a little extra support when visiting family? Shapewear leggings and a chic turtleneck sweater will keep you looking calm and collected no matter what your mother-in-law throws at you.

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.

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She'll laugh and reply, "Oh yes, we were out of… um… paper clips. So here I am, shopping without the kids. Heaven!"

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