Just in Time for Mother’s Day — Mom Style, Reimagined

There may have been a time when you were embarrassed to be seen with your mother in public. Maybe it was the way she insisted on that kiss goodbye when dropping you off at school, but more likely, it was those mom jeans. But with the current resurgence in all things ‘90s, along with a spike in the cool factor of certain older-skewing items — dad sneakers, anyone? — there’s never been a better time to dig into the archives of those once-considered-fuddy-duddy for a bit of inspiration for your oh-so-hip wardrobe. To take the guesswork out of this style hunt, we’ve rounded up the au courant pieces that will make your mom smile but have you looking anything but matronly, all available at Simon.

The Mom Jeans
There’s no more iconic piece of mid-’90s mom-wear than high-waisted denim, most often in a light (or, dare we say, even acid) wash. Given our current penchant for all things nostalgic, some of our favorite designers have been putting their own spin on this hot-again style, and the result is an update on the classic that’s seriously comfortable and chic. Seems mom was onto something…

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1) MAGDA BUTRYM Huntsville High-Waisted Pleated Jeans, available at Neiman Marcus.   2) FRAME Ali High-Rise Skinny Jeans, available at Nordstrom.   3) ZARA Hi-Rise Skinny Vintage Ripped Jeggings.   4) H&M Vintage High Ankle Jeans.   5) LEVI’S Wedgie High Waist Crop Jeans.

The Patterned Sweater
Okay, confession time: somewhere there exists a group portrait of the whole family sporting bold, graphic prints on cardigans and pullovers, each lovingly selected by Mom. No need to cringe — every family of a certain generation has it. And while you may not be able to track down the one she’s wearing in that shot, the below pieces will save you the trouble, since you aren’t the only one who’s craving your mother’s look — we’re seeing patterned toppers everywhere this season!

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1) CALVIN KLEIN Crochet-Knit Wool and Cotton Top.   2) THEORY Wyndora Wool and Cashmere Blend Turtleneck.   3) BURBERRY Intarsia Wool-Blend Sweater.   4) PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Intarsia Cotton-Blend Sweater, available at Barneys New York.   5) ZERO + MARIA CORNEJO Palette Cashmere and Wool Sweater, available at Nordstrom.

The White Sneaker
We’ll admit to having a soft spot in our hearts for the classic Reeboks and New Balances that mom sported while chasing the kids around the yard or through the mall, but today, this style staple has also received a designer update in all the chicest of ways.

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1) GIVENCHY Elastic Strap Sneaker, available at Nordstrom.   2) REEBOK CLASSIC Classic Leather Sneakers.   3) NIKE AIR Huaraches, available at FootLocker.   4) ALAIA Laser-Cut Leather Sneakers, available at Barneys.   5) LIZ CLAIBORNE Warwick Sneakers, available at JCPenney.

The Pencil Skirt
Another runway go-to this season, the pencil skirt has major nostalgia for those of us who saw mom throwing one on (with its matching, shoulder pad-adorned jacket, of course) before piling the kids into the backseat every morning. A perennial favorite, this season’s takes boast unexpected patterns and sporty details, all while maintaining the streamlined silhouette.

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1) HUNTER FOR TARGET Side Zip Pencil Skirt, available at Target.   2) ZARA Floral Print Pencil Skirt.   3) DOLCE & GABBANA Floral Print Charmeuse Midi Skirt.   4) H&M Lace Pencil Skirt.

The Oversized Bag
Mom may have had hers stuffed with Kleenex and breath mints, but there’s no arguing that an almost-too-big-to-carry purse is still just as practical today. Whether you’re throwing in those sneakers (see above!) for an after-work workout, or just hauling your life around with you, these totes are totes the tops.

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1) MICHAEL KORS Maldives Woven Leather Tote, available at Nordstrom.   2) A NEW DAY Canvas Oversized Tote, available at Target.   3) ZARA Straw Bag.   4) MANSUR GAVRIEL Oversized Leather Tote Bag, available at Barneys.
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