Here at Well Rounded NY, we’ve always maintained that “mom style” is not a bad thing. In fact, many of the most stylish women we know are moms. Today we’re introducing you to a group of some of best dressed moms on the West Coast… who have recently been introduced to each other. Meet the Fashion Mamas LA.
Founded by Racked LA editor Natalie Alcala, whose first son Diego arrived last fall, Fashion Mamas LA caters specifically to moms in the fashion industry, so far including more than 30 designers, editors, stylists, models, publicists and bloggers, with kids ranging from 4 months to 5 years. Ladies love the kid-friendly socializing as well as the opportunity to compare notes, vent, network, make new friends, meet other babies, and hang with other cool girls that are going through the same things. But these aren’t your typical neighborhood coffee shop meet-ups; think Unplug Meditation sessions, kids clothing trunk shows, roundtables with celebrity mamas, pop-up events, gift lounges and more.
“Support is everything when you’re a new mom, especially when you’re also a working mom. Although I give props to all working mamas out there, I wanted to create a group that specifically caters to ladies in the fashion business, since this industry isn’t your average 9 to 5,” says Alcala. “I’m so impressed how much care these ladies take to maintain their personal style even though we’re all exhausted raising little human beings.”
Below, some of these insanely stylish (and hardworking) mamas show off their Well Rounded style, and offer up a few tips for WRNY readers on having an insanely stylish pregnancy. Then find out how to get in on the action below.
Babe: Diego, 9/21/14
"I absolutely loved being pregnant and was a big fan of the #stylethebump hashtag. I loved styling my belly with flowy tunics for day and form-fitting dresses at night. I didn't have to buy any maternity clothing since my closet was already filled with tunics, but I did love some pieces from Hatch Collection. My #1 tip is embrace that bump because it's goddamn miracle!" la.racked.com Instagram: @nataliealcala
Babe: Miles, 9/14/12
"Stick to your pre-pregnancy style. Pregnancy is not a reason to abandon personal style, but embrace it harder than ever. Your body and emotions are inevitably thrown out of whack, so having the constant of personal style is a positive thing and a fun sartorial challenge that causes you to be resourceful and creative. Shop for simple shapes that grow with you and can be worn post-pregnancy. Madewell and Zara are great for this." thehivemag.com Insta: @missymagsaysay
Babe: Parker, 2/12/13
"I love Hatch Collection! I bought just a few pieces during my pregnancy and loved them so much, and still wear them now! My other secret tip, CVS leggings - so comfortable and super cheap!" workshopcollective.com Instagram: @efbernstein
Babe: Clive, 6/30/12; New baby due date: 2/16/15
"My favorite maternity piece throughout this pregnancy was definitely my denim vest - or any type of vest for that matter! They were the perfect piece to throw over any dress or tee to create a new look and make me feel like I still had a grasp on my personal style while pregnant." beautycounter.com Instagram: @mykidlovestrucks
Babes: Beckett, 1/1/12 and Cleo, 7/4/13
"Invest in 2-3 really good maternity jeans from brands you like. I loved my J Brand maternity jeans, and the investment was definitely worth it - I worth them throughout both my pregnancies." tomtomjewelry.com Instagram: @tomtomjewelry
Babe: Nico, 9/21/15
"I loved ASOS when I was pregnant. Cute dresses for young moms-to-be and a huge selection of items. Nothing is too expensive so you can really stock up. I bought like 20 dresses online one night and never looked back." thezoereport.com Instagram: @mgustashaw
Babe: Atlas, 6/11/14
"The biggest lesson I learned while pregnant was the need to reevaluate your new shape when choosing what to wear. We subconsciously dress ourselves based on silhouettes we know work for us--a trusted skill that's out the window when your midsection expands! My usual love of over-sized looks on my small frame really missed the mark when I gained 70 pounds. Quickly I learned the more fitted around my belly the better-- plus it's fun to accentuate the bump!" madeforpearl.com Instagram: @katiekaymead
Babe: Daryn, 8/4/14
"Being in my 3rd trimester during Summer in LA I lived in dresses - short, long, tight, loose - you name it. Working in fashion PR, I still had to look good for work so while I went for comfort, I always made sure to have a cute layering piece and my accessories became more important so my style still showed through." kruppgroup.com Instagram: @marinalmk
Babe: Nixon, 7/1/14
"I try to stick to belly-friendly items – no 'maternity' pieces. I want to be able to wear the clothes after I’m pregnant. The best way to accomplish this is to go for dresses and pants with a stretchy waist." guess.com Instagram: @mysequinlife
Babe: Oliver, 9/23/13
"Don't shy away from bikinis or bodycon pieces - embrace that bump! I was super pregnant during a really hot summer, the ocean was my only relief from the heat. I lived in bikinis and my Cynthia Rowley wetsuit." Instagram: @elizabethannek