Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and, as the center of attention, you’ll want to dress the part. (Psst, it’s OK to show yourself a little TLC for the day!) So for a bit of inspiration we partnered with dressbarn to ask some of the most fashionable moms to share their top style tips. Then, we mixed and matched their favorites to take the guesswork out of pulling your Mother’s Day look together.
Check out the outfits below for some serious Mother’s Day style inspiration.
Look #1: Comfy Chic
On the subject of dresses, Moms agree: Comfort is the key to looking and feeling flawless! Start with a silhouette that makes you feel your best. Add elements to dress it up or down, depending on your personal style.
“For Mother's Day, I plan on being comfortable, yet cute, in an outfit I can move around in but also feel great in. Something short and flowy with comfortable footwear like cool sneakers.” – Liz Zuckerberg, Mom to Elia & Summer and contributor for MamaLoveNYC.com
“My go-to dress style is fashionable and functional. As a mom, I like clothes that I can wear to a meeting or a playground.” – Amy Landis, Mom of four and co-founder of Turner Landis Creations event planning.
“The best way to accessorize a brightly colored dress is with simple jewelry! Don't go overboard if the dress is your statement.” – Liat Kletz, mom and co-founder of ThePlayroomNYC.com
"I'm constantly on the go with my two girls, so leggings are pretty much my uniform. But for Mother's Day, my daughter will insist that I step it up and wear a dress I can 'twirl' in. There's no doubt she'll be waiting by my closet with her tutus in hand." – Sara Gubenko, mom of two girls and blogger at ParentGuideNews.com
Jacket: Top Shop
Shoes: Foot Locker
Sunglasses: Diane Von Furstenberg
Look #2: Dressed-Up Denim
If jeans are your everyday go-to, then a denim dress is an easy way to elevate. Most moms we spoke to would add a high heel shoe and layer on a chic jacket to take this laid-back look to the next level.
“To dress up a casual denim look -- it depends on the style of the dress, but some wedges and a fitted blazer will give it a polished look.” – Verky Baldonado, Editor at Large, Latina
“I'd put on a pair of swoon-worthy high heels and a tweed or leather jacket.” – Liz Zuckerberg
“I love to add booties, a crossbody bag, simple jewelry -- post earrings and mixed bracelets -- and that's about it.”– Cristen Casados, founder of The Bucket List Mom
Jacket: Rebecca Taylor
Bracelets: ABS by Allen Schwartz
Look #3: The LBD
This one probably isn’t much of a shocker, but when it comes to favorite dress color, black reigns supreme. Hence the reason “Little Black Dresses” have their own acronym. Most of the moms we interviewed said that what they liked most about this shade was it’s ultra-slimming ability and that it allowed them to mix in fun accessories.
“I’m not sure I own any dresses that are not black. It’s definitely the most slimming shade. Plus, you can pair the color with just about any shoes or accessories.” – Sarah Caplan, mom to son Aiden and Creative Director of KidsShoes.com
"I'm a classic black dress kind of mom. But, I like to accessorize with pops of color ... and flats. With two toddlers, I always wear flats!" – Sara Gubenko
“My go-to dress style is a black shift dress. You can't go wrong with this silhouette, and I feel comfortable and confident in this style.” – Cristen Casados
“A woman can never go wrong with a little black dress. I prefer mine above the knee, form-fitting and sleeveless because it is more versatile. ...You can always throw on a cardigan or layer with some accessories.” – Verky Baldonado
“My favorite dress color is black, for sure. Black makes you look good, and it's the most fun to accessorize [with]. I love wearing colorful necklaces and fun cocktail rings.” – Liat Kletz
Jacket: Alice & Olivia
Look #4: Edgy-Floral
Floral dresses are a no-brainer for this springtime holiday, but can often feel a bit too precious. The good news is that, with the right accessories, basic blooms can go from sweet to sultry.
“I like to give a floral dress some edge by topping it top it off with a fitted leather jacket, a chunky silver necklace, and a pair of heels or booties with metal detail like a Valentino Rockstud bootie or heel.” – Liz Zuckerberg
“I love pairing a floral dress with black accessories such as black caged booties, leather jacket, or a choker necklace to give it more edge.” – Verky Baldonado
Booties: Pour La Victoire
Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane
Look #5: Feminine & Flirty
We know being a mom isn’t always the most glamorous job. Take Mother’s Day as your opportunity to amp up your fabulous side. One easy way to do it is with ultrafem details like ruffles, lace and sparkle, or with a silhouette that highlights your favorite lines and curves.
“A tasteful ruffle can be so flirty and sweet. For some reason when I put on a shirt with a ruffle I always feel a little younger! And wearing nude heels is one of my favorite tricks to feeling confident in a dress because it elongates the legs.” – Amy Landis
“I love shorter dresses that highlight my legs. I usually look for styles with sheer sleeves to avoid showing too much skin with high hemlines.” – Sarah Caplan
“My favorite thing about wearing dresses is that it makes you feel feminine and pretty, so my go- to dress style is flowy and bohemian for day, and tight and short for night events. I feel best in a dress when I pair it with bright, chunky jewelry so it's a bit more edgy and stylish.” – Tali Shustik, mom to Jagger and Jett and co-founder of ThePlayroomNYC.com
Shoes: Banana Republic
Bangle: Alexis Bittar
Hat: Rag & Bone
Whether you’re working a new trend or owning your classic look this Mother's Day, your outfit will play a big role in helping you feel your best. And dressbarn, a fashion retailer whose mission has always been to make women look and FEEL beautiful, has all the styles you need. Tell us how you’re #OWNINGIT in the comments!