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Top fashion trends from NYFW that mamas can wear right now

Hint: You already have a few looks in your closet.

Top fashion trends

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

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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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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Becoming a mother has been life-changing. It's been hard, tiring, gratifying, beautiful, challenging, scary and a thousand other things that only a parent would ever understand.

It is these life-changing experiences that have inspired me to draw my everyday life as a stay at home mom. Whether it's the mundane tasks like doing laundry or the exciting moments of James', my baby boy's, first steps, I want to put it down on paper so that I can better cherish these fleeting moments that are often overlooked.

Being a stay-at-home-mom can be incredibly lonely. I like to think that by drawing life's simple moments, I can connect with other mothers and help them feel less alone. By doing this, I feel less alone, too. It's a win-win situation and I have been able to connect with many lovely parents and fellow parent-illustrators through my Instagram account.

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