Between meetings, messy meals, deadlines and temper tantrums, working moms have a lot on their plates. We sat down with one of our star buyers, Jenn Feiden, to ask her how she manages to look fabulous and chic while juggling a career and a high energy toddler.
Q: How do you stay fashion-forward while juggling a 1½ year old?
A: Working in the fashion industry, it’s very important for me to stay on-trend. That being said, it can be challenging with a toddler. My son, Grayson, is quite mobile now and as a result I am constantly chasing after him. When getting dressed I try to choose items that are chic yet comfortable, and as stain resistant as possible! I’m loving the sporty chic trend right now because I can still look hip while wearing my air max sneakers with a structured dress or jumper. Don’t get me wrong, I love rocking my heels every so often but those go in my bag to put on after dropping my son off at daycare.
Q: Any fashion Do’s or Don’ts for a working mom?
A: When it comes to working, the word “DON’T” doesn’t really exist in my vocabulary, and that includes my wardrobe. Being a mom I try to avoid any “Britney” moments by making sure I tweak my outfits a little. For example, in the past if I were wearing a backless top I would go braless but now I choose to wear a bandeau or lace cami to make sure I don’t have any compromising situations while lugging my baby around. Another thing I try and keep in mind is color. White and pastels are trending now, and as always, I want to stay current. These colors are obviously not ideal when you have a toddler who enjoys throwing his food more than eating it, so as a solution I make sure to pair my outfits with layers to act as a shield for my easily stained outfit. An over-sized scarf or blazer are great pieces to help this situation.
Q: Do you follow the same fashion regime for your son?
A: As much as I would love to have my son decked out head-to-toe, it does at times become challenging with his new found interest in touching and grabbing everything in sight! That being said, I would recommend to all fellow fashionista moms out there to just let go! Yes, they can still have a little trend in there – a pair of tapered sweat pants and a cute graphic tee or hoodie, but trying to make your son (or daughter) as put-together as those babies in magazine ads is asking for an unhappy baby, and not to mention an unhappy wallet! Baby clothes can get expensive, so knowing that at least a third of it will be going in the trash as your baby quickly outgrows those designer duds, you might want to rethink investing in couture items just yet. There are many chic yet affordable options out there. My favorite spots are H&M, Old Navy, and of course, Beyond the Rack!