Fashion Week: 5 Trends Moms Will Fall For

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Looser styles and longer lengths were shown at, from left, Diane von Furstenberg, Douglas Hannant and Tory Burch's recent fashion shows. Credits: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for IMG; Jemal Countess, WireImage for Douglas Hannant; Stefan Gosatti, Getty Images for IMG

Fashion Week just wrapped in New York, where thousands of members of the fashion press, buyers, bloggers, stylists, insiders and celebrities converged on the Big Apple to get a sneak peek at the fall 2011 looks from more than 100 designers.

And, even though most of the country has yet to even break out a single piece of clothing for spring, we think women everywhere will be exhaling a giant sigh of relief at the many mom-friendly trends paraded down the catwalk.

"There's definitely a loosening of the silhouette," celebrity stylist and fashion expert Robert Verdi (he makes Eva Longoria look fabulous) tells ParentDish after the Pamella Roland show. "I think it's more forgiving, but that doesn't mean you should wear sloppy, unkempt clothes and be in sweats all day. I think it just means that silhouettes are easier. They're not as form-fitting as they've been, but don't let it go to the dogs."

Of course, several designers continue to emphasize the waist -- a body part many moms are hesitant to bring attention to.

"Women who say, 'Oh, my waistline is gone,' need try to find the one thing that you still love about yourself -- the boobs might still be standing, you might have great legs, you might have great arms because you do yoga," he says. "Whatever it is, the reality is, if you don't have a great waist, you do have a great something, so show that off."

For "Real Housewives of New York" reality star Alex McCord, a mom of two, skinny jeans and a big top can be "a mom's savoir."

"A big top can be forgiving if you've got enormous boobs because you're nursing, or if you've got a pooch because the belly didn't go down," she tells ParentDish before the Cynthia Steffe show. "So, wear the skinny jeans and emphasize the sexy legs downstairs and cover up upstairs."

Just remember, Verdi advises, it may be difficult, but it is possible to find really beautiful, and also comfortable, clothing.

"I think that women often times get so caught up in taking care of others that they don't take care of themselves, and they don't take the time needed to find those really usable, versatile and important pieces that can go from work to weekend and from day to night and from the grocery store to a night out on the town with their husband," he says. "You have to find designers who make clothes that are really mom-friendly but still stylish. And I think that Diane von Furstenberg does it. Nicole Miller does it. I think Michael Kors does it. And there are many others."

And, moms, stop feeling victimized by the fashion industry.

"Moms should feel empowered," Verdi says, "because fashion is an industry that loves women, celebrates all different types of women and empowers women."

After taking in several Fashion Week shows, we discovered five trends we think moms will cheer for. Hooray! It's time to loosen things up.

A '70s-inspired dress from Jill Stuart, long bangs at Doo.Ri and forgiving prints at Lela Rose are all trends moms can be happy about. Credits: Peter Michael Dills, Getty Images for IMG; David Lance Bismuth, Getty Images; Jemal Countess, Getty Images for Payless

1. Hemlines are longer! Micro minis? Sorry, you're out. Hard-to-wear maxis? Our apologies, but you're heading that way, too. Well, actually we're not sorry at all. For fall, designers are opting for a length that hits right below the knee to mid-calf -- and it's flattering on pretty much everyone. Marc by Marc Jacobs, Cynthia Rowley, Elie Tahari, Vera Wang, DKNY, Tory Burch, Tommy Hilfiger and Badgley Mischka are just a few who paired their longer skirts with everything from boots to brogues.

2. Pants are wider! Skinny jeans may be sticking around, but wide-legs are back. Pajama-inspired at Tommy Hilfiger, gold at Luca Luca, slouchy and black at Nicole Miller, winter white at Carlos Miele, black and high-waisted at Douglas Hannant, camel and shiny at Michael Kors, dark gray and cropped at Cynthia Steffe and polka dotted at Marc Jacobs. Roomy rules!

3. Dresses are drapier! Several designers put a modern spin on the '70s-style draped dress, and we think it will suit women of all sizes. It was worn under a blazer at Jill Stuart, belted at Halston, sleeveless with pockets at Catherine Malandrino, as a classic wrap dress at Diane von Furstenberg and in a black and white print at Tracy Reese.


4. Prints are your friend! Be it geometric, plaid, floral or abstract, moms know a great print can hide a multitude of sins. Sticky finger marks disappear. Spilled coffee stain after a sleepless night? Gone. Spit-up? What spit-up? We saw cool angled stripes at Nicole Miller, animal prints at Betsey Johnson, polka dots at Marc Jacobs, floral patterns at Rebecca Taylor, groovy graphics at Cynthia Rowley, abstract art-inspired prints at Lela Rose and a colorful plaid at Milly.

5. Bangs over Botox! Kids can put more than a few well-deserved lines on a mom's face, but you can disguise a few forehead furrows with fall's trendy fringe. Matthew Morris, a Denver salon owner who starred on the hair reality show "Shear Genius," was backstage styling hair at shows including Derek Lam, Alexander Wang and Oscar de la Renta.

"Although the ear-to-ear bangs at Doo.Ri were fairly extreme, this would be a great trend for moms to borrow from Fashion Week," he tells ParentDish. "Heavy bangs will conquer two things while being quite stylish -- first, most new mothers don't have much time to spend on hair, so concentrating on just the fringe will only take a minute or two, then just control the rest of the hair in a chic bun or messy twist to keep it out of your children's grasp."

Plus, you can take time off from your Botox appointments.

"What better way is there to hide wrinkles than with full bangs?" Morris says. "And, when you want to grow them out, just chip into them slightly then start wearing them to the side."

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