8 Summer Fashion Trends for San Francisco Mom Life



Every season I look forward to checking out new trends from the runway shows. It’s fun to see how designers have reimagined an old classic or created something new and exciting. However, as a mom of two young children, I can find translating these fabulous trends into daily life somewhat of a mystery. Am I really gonna rock the transparent bag trend with diapers and rash cream showing through? Not so much.

My philosophy is that style is accessible to everyone, regardless of age, size, or parental status. So I went to my local Ambiance and did a trend inventory of eight mom-friendly looks. These looks will be comfortable (aka you can chase small people in them), durable (hello, washing machine), figure flattering, and most importantly, fun. You deserve to look great mama!

Here are some great on-trend looks for San Francisco mom life.


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Talk about easy! This ‘one and done’ piece is more accessible than ever with relaxed cuts and stretchy materials. Jumpsuits highlight your natural waist, creating an hourglass silhouette. A jumpsuit says, “I’m chic and put together, now watch me wrangle my kids in the grocery store.”

The Crop Top

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The most mysterious of tops ever created. To be honest, I’ve never been a crop top girl. How does one wear a half shirt and still feel comfortable? Or warm? Luckily, layering tops is very “in” this season. I simply layered a long tank underneath this structured crop top with leggings. Another option would be a button-down white shirt underneath the crop top. Make sure that whatever you wear underneath isn’t too bulky.  Pair with an open longline cardigan on top for a San Francisco summer look. Add some cool shades with layered metal details for some fun in the sun!

Bright Yellow

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Nautical stripes are a consistent spring trend. I made the look less “meh” and more “wow!” with a tie waist and statement necklace in a bright sunny yellow. This yellow was all over the spring 2018 runways (partly because it’s complementary color, lavender, is also trending!). A statement accessory in bright yellow draws the eyes up to your beautiful face and out to your shoulders. It’s all about creating that X silhouette!


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Lavender feather earrings. Doesn’t that just make you excited? Every time you look in the mirror wearing these light and colorful earrings you will be reminded of your inner goddess. Statement accessories are a great way to buy into a trend without committing your whole outfit. I’d wear these with my new black jumpsuit, or jeans and a cheeky message tee shirt like the one below.

All White

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Haha, you want me to wear white with my kids? Yes, mama, I do! Wearing an ethereal white top or denim jacket as a mom says, “I like to live on the edge with my wardrobe, plus I have some really good bleach at home!” Try wearing a white jacket with a lightweight white sweater underneath. Hello, summer staple!


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Pastel colors continue to rock runways. “Millennial pink” (blush pink) is a new neutral. My suggestion for wearing this pseudo-neutral is to get a (wipeable) vegan leather jacket with a flattering structure built in. The zipper placement and neckline make any outfit you are wearing this jacket with sophisticated and put together.

Paper bag waist

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Paper bag waist pants or skirts are universally flattering and extremely comfortable. They come up to the smallest part of your waist (slightly above your belly button). I see myself going on a date it this outfit or going to a school event with my daughter. The key part of this look is to wear a fitted shirt on top like I’m doing here with the black tank and sheer wrap top. The waist of the pants should show, or it will be all crinkly and add extra volume where it doesn’t need to be.

Cheeky message tees

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Sometimes message tees can look a little kitschy. For an elevated take on the look, try a fun embroidered message on a clean white tee. This “make some waves” shirt reminds me to go with my gut and “be Laura” at all times!

The next time you go shopping I urge you to remember one thing: you do not need to be afraid to try new looks. Sometimes those new looks are what make you the happiest. Fashion should make you feel happy, fearless, and confident!


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Laura is the founder of Merry Styling, a mom of two, and a former teacher who lives in San Francisco. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and relished the changing of seasons because it meant revamping her wardrobe! After completing graduate school at The Ohio State University, Laura relocated to San Francisco, where she taught elementary school for nine years before having her two children Noelle (6) and Lucas (2). When her youngest was six months old, Laura started working as a stylist with jewelry and accessories company Stella and Dot. Since then, she has earned a Fashion Merchandising degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, styled with nonprofit Dress for Success, and done various merchandising projects for different retail organizations. Laura knows that style is more than clothing and accessories. She has found it to be an amazing confidence booster. Finding the perfect outfit on a bad day can turn it into a great one. She is especially passionate about working with moms Laura started Merry Styling because she wants to help other moms and anyone else who feels "left behind by fashion" to feel confident, empowered, and beautiful through personal styling, closet detox, and personal shopping sessions. Follow her at @merrystylingsf on Facebook, @merrystyling on Instagram and check out www.merrystyling.com for more!


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