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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

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

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The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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