It might be time for me to trade out those denim cut-offs for something that makes me feel better – inside and out.
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Right now, I’m wearing cute army green shorts but I’m just puttering around the house and catching up on my inbox. I’m not sure I’d feel good if I wear them as I head out to run errands or meet up with friends.
Although I try to stay fit, when I catch a glimpse of the back of my legs in a store window or see big red marks after sitting on outdoor furniture, that just makes me feel really self-conscious and sorta bad. Even though I know I shouldn’t – I know I should feel really proud of my body, I’m lucky it’s so strong and healthy. But I think maybe I’ll feel better trading in my shorts for a dress or a wide-legged cropped pant this summer. And with tons of summer sales, it’s a really great time to shop.
This J. Crew chambray shirtdress is calling my name – it seems very comfortable and easy
I’d add a pair of bright resin earrings like these from Bauble Bar – priced just right for a summer fling.
To finish off this outfit I am a huge fan of Steven Alan’s purses and this Cameron leather cross body is on sale and comes in lots of colors (I love the navy).
I’m going to pair with the Bay Sandals – I like the metallic, but they come in a million colors (and are a copy of a pair that is 10 times the price).
These Eddie Borgo chain drop earrings would add a nice edge.
I’d love the stripes with these colorful Tory Burch Sienna flat slides that I’ve been eyeing all spring.
If you’re looking for the dress/sneaker look – check out these super chunky Nike Air Max – colorful, cool and fun.
And this Swarovski greeting ring pendant would look nice with the v-neck.
Last, but not least, in my travels through Soho, I saw this really beautiful floral Rebecca Minkoff dress in the store window and had to try it on… and buy it. It is super flattering, with a slightly cinched waist, and you can keep the neckline closed or open – do you love the strings with tassels? And in our quest for easy, effortless style, I have to say this ranks very very high.
I’d add in these chain earrings on sale now at Swarovski – my son’s GF has these and they look good on her, but even better on me!
I like this dress with a light colored bag – the Steven Alan Blake basket bag comes in a few colors, and the pink bisque seems like it would be a great match.
So, I’ll keep wearing our shorts for running, walking, gardening – but I love these outfits and think how much more space in my brain I will have when I’m not worrying about how my thighs look….
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We are Pam and Mara, Grown and Flown’s new in-house fashion gurus. Based in Brooklyn, we’ve been friends for over 20 years, with four boys, many proms, graduations, beach vacations and birthday dinners between us.
Mara’s been living in jeans and t-shirts working in the fashion world in London, Milan, LA, and NYC, producing editorial and ad shoots for over two decades. Pam’s been suiting up for the corporate world as a chief marketing officer in the live entertainment/sports business.
We’ve always been a little obsessed with style and how we use clothes to help us feel attractive and self-confident. You’ll often find us yelling at each other over dressing room walls, or trading texts at midnight about that one pair of size 8 boots left on sale online at Nordstroms. But over time, we’ve found that dressing and feeling great has become much more challenging. And that’s even more frustrating now that every moment has turned into a photo opp.
We want to feel comfortable and appropriate with our style choices so that we can face the world each morning with confidence and ease. We’re in search of cool, effortless style that makes us feel amazing and powerful at this very age. Please join us at Grown and Flown as we venture forth into this new world together, and at Facebook and Instagram @thekoolestmoms.