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Make Room For Fashion: Mom Shorts

It’s summer time, it’s hot and that means it’s time for bare legs, ready or not! I’m all for skirts and summer dresses, but they’re not always the best choice when pushing my son on the swing or following him up the jungle gym at the playground. So lately I’ve been wondering: what is the ideal length and style of shorts for Moms?

Now, when I say “mom shorts” I don’t mean “Mom Shorts” as in the entry in Urban Dictionary that reads:

Mom shorts are shorts that are ridiculously tight and often worn by moms. 

Used to make their kids embarrassed.

Often cause camel toe.
e.g. "Don't come over, my mom’s wearing mom shorts!"

Celebs like Scarlett Johansson have been seen rocking the high-waisted, oft pleated and belted shorts in shades of acid washed denim, but that look can be hard to pull off. So really, I’m talking cute, comfortable shorts with more coverage than the daisy dukes I used to wear in high school, and ones that can be dressed up with the right accessories such as wedges and a long necklace.

So I reached out to Utah-based stylist, fashion blogger and mom of four, Jen Clyde, who has been obsessing over knee-length shorts on her blog, Jen Clyde Stylist, for the last few weeks, for some tips on how to rock the look.

“Being a mom of four really busy kids, I can't really wear the short shorts because that just wouldn't be pretty when I am bending over tying my child’s shoes at baseball practice, so I usually go for the longer shorts that can be worn with everything but are still funky and cute,” says Clyde.

This is an easy look to do on a budget, says Clyde. She recommends starting with a pair of old jeans or colored skinnies: "They don’t need to be expensive, try T.J. Maxx or Ross,” she says. "Cut them two inches below the knee and cuff them twice to hit right above the knee. The color keeps them fresh and the cut is right for mommy life.”

Not so brave with the scissors? Clyde recommends styles from Top Shop and J. Crew. “J. Crew really gets it right with their soft, comfy, nine-inch chino shorts in four fun colors—chic but mommy friendly. And they are amazingly on sale for under $40!”

See below for Mom shorts that are anything but “mom shorts!”

 

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Adorable, respectable and on sale! This cotton twill chino short comes in a variety of colors and can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

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When it comes to basics like shorts and tees, Gap very often comes through with a winner. These bright yellow cuties are also available in pink and blue. 

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“Being a mom of four really busy kids, I can't really wear the short shorts because that just wouldn't be pretty when I am bending over tying my child’s shoes at baseball practice," says Clyde. "So I usually go for the longer shorts that can be worn with everything but are still funky and cute." This slim fitting and super chic Top Shop pair fits the bill perfectly.

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DIY fashionista Jen Clyde found skinny jeans for $8.99 at Ross, cut them to two inches below the knee and cuffed them twice. Well-done!

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