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I’m Not a Regular Mom. I’m a Cool Mom.

By: Jen Shoop

This title is one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies, “Mean Girls.”  If you’ve not seen it, you must — written by Tina Fey, it’s a brilliant film on fitting in, trying to be “cool,” and playing by heart.

But, ya.  I’m not a regular mom, guys.  I’m, like, a cool mom.  Or, I try to be.  I can see how it would be tempting to stay in loungewear during these frosty winter days, but I’m determined to fight the good fight.

Below are variations on my daily uniform: statement sweater layered over a thin/tissue-weight shirt, jeans, and boots or flats depending on the temperature.

What Cool Moms Wear in Cold and Inclement Weather

A knit hat or fur ear muffs ($95), a cableknit sweater ($118), high-rise jeans ($230), and my Sorels ($150 — it was snowing this morning! — these are LEGIT, HEAVY-DUTY, HEAVY-SOLED snowboots.  I bought them for life in Chicago, where you needed a solid pair of snow boots that went up to mid-calf.  These are heavy-duty boots — well-made, super insulated, and I’ve never had a drop of water/snow sneak its way inside.)  In my dream world, I’d finish with the Gucci Sylvie, but I’m more likely to be seen toting my Goyard, which functions as my diaper bag.

The Fashion Magpie Fur Earmuffs

The Fashion Magpie JCrew Sweater

The Fashion Magpie Denim


The Fashion Magpie Sorel Boots

The Fashion Magpie Gucci

Not shown in outfit above: the thin tees/thermals I wear daily.  I like the ones from Old Navy, tissue tees and turtlenecks from J. Crew (though, in general, I find the quality of J. Crew’s tees to be awful; I feel like they barely last a season), and Monrow.  I layer it all underneath my Canada Goose Trillium parka, which I own in red.

What Cool Moms Wear for Milder Winter Days

When it’s a touch warmer, I’ll wear a sweater with flats instead.  I like the look of a classic pink sweater like this one from Frame (marked way down!) with Chanel flats (currently coveting these; get the look for less with these or these) and a fur collar (I die over this super loud Fendi fur style, but I wear a plain black one I got from Adrienne Landau a few years ago; you can get the look for less with this J. Crew style).  I usually wear my Goyard, but I take mini down to have lunch with Mr. Magpie once a week, and on those days, I toss my stuff into my zip-top Cuyana, because the subways are very crowded and I’m leery of pickpocketers who could easily snag something out of my bag as I awkwardly waddle around with mini affixed to me.  It’s the perfect everyday bag.

The Fashion Magpie Fendi Fur Stole


The Fashion Magpie Turtleneck Sweater

The Fashion Magpie Cuyana Bag

What Cool Moms Wear When Walking a Lot

I’ll throw on my sweater-jeans combo with my new Golden Goose sneaks (on sale here).  Zara has been killing it with statement sweaters this season, and I recently snagged this Ganni lookalike (check out the back!) for a lark — $69! — but you can find the real deal on sale here.  I’ll finish with this pom hat ($39) and my favorite mittens ever ($45 — they’re lined in fleece!).

The Fashion Magpie JCrew Pom Hat

The Fashion Magpie Denim

The Fashion Magpie Golden Goose Sneakers

My only issue with the above is that I really need to try to wear something other than jeans.  It’s just so hard in the dead of winter — when it’s fall or spring, I’ll pull out black silk joggers or boyfriend/relaxed-fit army green trousers.  But in the winter?!  AHHH.

P.S.  More chic sweaters.

P.P.S.  My fav winter coats.

P.P.S.  My fav new brand.

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6 thoughts on “I’m Not a Regular Mom. I’m a Cool Mom.

  1. Hey there, love the heels you’re wearing in the first picture. I’ve been looking for a similar pair (semi-low block heel) like these; any chance you remember the style/brand?

    I agree about the J.Crew tees; the quality has certainly gone downhill over the past few years especially. It’s a shame, since I love everything else about them.

    1. Hi Sonia! Oh my, how I wish that picture were of me — sadly, I found it on Pinterest and can’t take claim for it. BUT I think her heels may have been Gucci from a few seasons back — here are some updated ones: — and I’m a huge fan of the Marmont style:

      For something more affordable, I love these, which look very Chanel but are on sale for around $100:


  2. LOVE my Cuyana tote, though I have a non-zipper version and am bookmarking the version WITH a zipper! So much better for subwaying.

    Have you tried GRLFRND jeans? I’ve been curious about the fit. I am more of an Acne/Citizens girl with a few Frames and Levi’s thrown in the mix, but am open to trying new brands! That said, I have puh-lenty of jeans so it might be smart to whittle down my collection first! Haha.

    1. Yes, I’m curious about that brand too — don’t know much about it except for the (possibly incorrect) sense that it’s designed for curves, in which case, it’s up my alley! Have not tried them though.

  3. I’ve had my eye on that Cuyana bag for FOREVER. I have a good dupe (from Banana Republic, bought years ago) which has served me well (in the greatest orange shade, which surprisingly goes with a lot), but it doesn’t have a zipper. So, I obviously need to bite the bullet and get the Cuyana too, right? I think so….

    And nothing wrong with jeans all the time! I’ve been on a black leggings kick, really need to change it up but they’re so comfy…

    1. Isn’t it funny how loud colors can sometimes be super versatile? They add just the right amount of pop…

      I’m with you, though, I think you need the Cuyana as a companion 🙂

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