Quick: What do you think of when you hear the phrase "mom style?" Perhaps leggings and messy buns. Or your mom's pleated jeans and collared shirts.
There are a number of reasons that our personal style tends to evolve after becoming mamas. Our bodies change. Our schedules change. Our tastes change. Our priorities change. But while this evolution has gotten a bad reputation, it's also an opportunity to refine your sense of style and revamp your wardrobe for the better. (Maybe start by retiring some of those 10-year-old fast-fashion shirts.)
Many of us would agree that, when it comes to your wardrobe, the quality of garments trumps quantity. The challenge when you're going through the early years of motherhood is that your body is continually changing. Not to mention there can be new demands—like needing shirts that offer nursing access. As a result, it's easy to fall into the trap of buying clothes that will "get you through" the next few days, weeks or months until your body changes again.
Not only is that an expensive cycle to get locked into, but it's also detrimental to the environment. According to one 2020 report from Princeton, "the fashion industry is currently responsible for more annual carbon emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined." One of the biggest contributing factors to that is synthetic materials, which result in the emission of more greenhouse gases than when natural fibers are used.
So, that's the bad news. But, the good news is that there is an alternative. By being selective with your approach to "mom fashion," you can feel good in your clothes while doing better for the world. And, by taking a thoughtful approach to creating a capsule wardrobe, you can feel confident every morning when you open the closet doors and select what to wear.
One company that's leading the way is Of an Origin, a sustainability focused, ethically manufactured line of clothing that is made just for moms. By designing the naturally-derived pieces to be convertible, Of an Origin is helping moms "do more with less"—from pregnancy to postpartum and beyond.
Take, for example, the Everywhere V-Neck Tee: It has a relaxed fit that comfortably accommodates a growing baby bump, pull-down or side-slit access for nursing or pumping, and a total of six different ways to wear it. That's like getting quality and quantity in one single piece. That kind of versatility makes the thought of committing to a capsule wardrobe much less intimidating!
Whenever and whyever you are ready to shake up your style, aim to do it while being intentional with the new pieces you select—like these favorites of ours...