It never fails to crack me up when Amy Poehler’s character in “Mean Girls,” tries to prove herself to her daughter’s friends. “I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom!” she says, winking, while her daughter remains unimpressed.
It cracks me up because whatever is intrinsic in us as people to want to be cool, it’s like double as a mom. We want all the other moms to want to hang out with us, our kids to own us, and other kids to think we’re cool, too. It’s probably because moms tend to get a bad rap as being horribly out of the loop (see: Mom Jeans – could not find the SNL original, The Evolution of Mom Dancing, Mom Texts).
Anyways, I hang out with the same group of moms, and they pretty much are the cool group (don’t be jealous). It’s funny too, because we have trends that just spread through our group like wildfire. If another mom has it, we all tend to end up having it.
In honor of that, I have put together the cool mom essentials, based on what we like, and based on what I’ve seen of other moms online. So if you’re looking to be a cool mom (not a regular mom), here’s what you’ll need to invest in:
Starbucks – “‘Cause we’re old and we’re tired” (via What’s Up Moms). Basically we all need coffee, and a McDonald’s to-go cup is just not stylishly equivalent to a Starbucks to-go cup.
Lacroix Waters – For when you’re not drinking Starbucks. Almost every mom I know is obsessed with these, and for good reason – bubbly and flavorful like soda, but no chemicals or calories. Win.
Puffer Vests – It’s getting cold – what else keeps you warm, but not too warm, with mobility to chase kiddos, like a vest?
TOMS – Comfort in shoes is key. Cute patterns help as well.
Statement Necklaces – Adding sparkle to the simplest of outfits.
Open Cardigans – They’re so cozy and flattering, and amazing if you’re nursing.
Cute Scarves – To keep warm, add flair, and to wipe up/cover anything that gets hit by spit-up/splattered food/unidentified particles.
A Pretty Beverage Container (Mugs, Water Bottles) – To keep hold of all your other beverages. Moms have to be well-hydrated!
Pinterest – How else would you keep up with what’s cool?
And here’s where you can find the styles (affiliate links below):
Okay, okay, it’s been fun, but at the end of the day, the real indicator of a cool mom has nothing to do with what you wear or what you’ve bought. It’s all about having a child or children that love you, and that you take care of. And that your kids are the best dressed at the park. Obviously.
What are the trends going on that you like right now? (Let me know now, so I can jump in on them and be hip.)