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New York Fashion Week 2020 has come to an end and whether you're into it or not, it's no secret that the fashion trends and designs can feel extremely inaccessible for our closets. Most looks are expensive and they don't seem practical for a mama who is running from work to drop-off and back.

This year, though, the looks were all about paying homage to the '90s and daring to be bold. As designers showcased upcoming fall and winter styles, we noticed the trends were actually a little more attainable this season. And, frankly, highlighted practical fashion pieces we're sure mamas will love to add to their wardrobe.

We're showcasing a few trends you can find in your closet (or affordable options!) that will spruce up your outfit of the day. The best part is that these trends are classic, covetable and will stay around for seasons to come.

Top New York fashion trends that mamas can wear right now:

1. Capes

Not ready to commit to non-practical trend at the moment? We hear you, mama. That's why we love the capes we spotted on the runways at Carolina Herrera and Jason Wu. If you're feeling stylish, throw on an oversized cape over whatever you're wearing. If you're not feeling it, that's okay too. Save it for another day with another outfit.

Wear it with: dresses, skirts + pants

We recommend: Banana Republic reversible poncho

2. Glitz + sparkle

Are you tired of neutrals and ready to throw in a bit of pizzazz? Touches of glitz and sparkle on pants, skirts and tops dominated the runways of Brandon Maxwell. Understated sparkle is chic, sexy and so easy to pull off. And, yet adult enough that your pre-teen won't steal your look. If you're new to the trend, start small with sparkled shoes or accessories and then build from there.

Wear it with: Anything!

We recommend: AllSaints zelda sparkle sweater

3. Blazers

Blazers may seem old-school, but paired with a skirt or a bold print and it's instantly golden. Tweed and wool blazers proved to be hot this year and, to be honest, they are the ultimate win for mamas who have tops covered in spit up from little ones. Need a quick change with no time to spare? Spot clean your top and cover it with a stylish blazer.

Wear it with: jeans, skirts + dresses

We recommend: Tommy Hilfiger elbow-patch plaid blazer

4. Ponchos

Ponchos

We love that 2020 is serving mamas a reworked poncho. Traditionally, ponchos were best for cold days and were never the focus of any outfit—until now. Rock a classic one like this one found on the Longchamp runway and it will be a standout in your closet for years to come.

Wear it with: Anything!

We recommend: Lou & Grey ribtrim poncho

5. Oversized chains

Oversized chains

Before you write off bold chains, hear us out. This trend spotted at Ulla Johnson and Bottega Veneta can easily be worn with casual looks or fun date nights. It's also great for mamas who like a hint of grunge, but don't want to make a huge statement. Drape a smaller chain on your shoes, tops and pants for a dainty look, or go bigger to make a splash.

Wear it with: skirts, sweaters + dresses

We recommend: J. Crew tortoise chain link necklace

6. Off the shoulder tops

Off the shoulder tops

We've been fans of off the shoulder tops and dresses for awhile now, but it's nice to see the trend finally popping up on runways. This style is perfect for a quick sophisticated (and sexy) look, without baring your midsection or arms. And if you don't think you have the neckline to pull it off, think again. Try a slightly tighter fit to exaggerate your clavicle. The bottom line is that the look is very versatile and extremely popular.

Wear it with: skirts, pants + jeans

We recommend: Reiss coco off-the-shoulder sweater

Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.

Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)

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Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.

Go shopping with a veteran parent

As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.

By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.

Include items at a variety of price points

When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.

At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)

Think about the gifts you would like to give

The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.

I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.

Ask for things to grow with your child

Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

This article was sponsored by Ergobaby. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.


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