Back to School: Fall Fashions for the Stylish Mom

While most of us moms have likely embraced the internet shopping revolution whole-heartedly, back to school shopping for our kids might just make us a bit reminiscent of our own annual school shopping trips with our own mom and siblings in tow. Although we may no longer be searching for the perfect Lisa Frank planner or multicolor trapper keeper, that does not mean we are left out of the back to school scene by any means. A mother’s job is never done, and though our kids may be away from us for a few hours a day once back in school, between the drop-off line, grocery trips, work, pick-up, and fall extracurriculars we too need to look and feel our best for the long days ahead.

As moms we are multi-tasking professionals and there is no better time to update our own wardrobes than while simultaneously back to school shopping for our kids. This year we’ve done some of the legwork for you and found some of the trendiest, chicest, most versatile brands you are sure to love. From the boardroom, to the PTA meeting, to the soccer field or dance studio, we’ve got styles that will keep you comfortable and on-the-go from sun up to sun down.

Shoes from Taryn Rose

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The modern day mom is stylish, yet also needs a shoe that will be comfortable enough to withstand her on-the-go lifestyle during the school year (Who are we kidding? Year round!) To fit this lifestyle, Taryn Rose shoes are the most beautiful and the most comfortable shoes in the world. They are beautifully crafted, and made out of luxurious materials that will last you, and become a staple investment piece in your daily wardrobe. All the Taryn Rose shoes are made from lightweight materials that move and bend with your foot, so nothing feels heavy and your footwear won’t weigh you down. Most of their shoes are expertly crafted with either half or full Sacchetto construction (a rare shoemaking technique) where the lining is hand stitched to the insole then sewn to the upper of the shoe. The result is an incredibly flexible sole that is synonymous with comfort and flexibility. Every single shoe from Taryn Rose also features their signature rose embossed soles and details. The molded insole has structure in the arch and the heel, so you feel willing and able to tackle your busy day head-on.

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The shoe also features PORON shock absorption and energy return foam in the ball and heel of the foot, so they literally add a spring to your step and will be comfortable enough to wear all day and night. They also have a ORTHOLITE footbed, which is breathable and anti-microbial.

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The Rosa Patent Nappa shoes feature a beautiful leather and patent leather construction, with the signature Taryn Rose embossed rose detail on the patent leather toe. They are from the 2018 Fall/Winter line and will be available soon, and are the perfect black flat that you can dress up for fancy occasions (thanks to the patent leather!) or down with a pair of black pants for the casual after school activity.

Taryn Rose footwear was created in 1998 when Dr. Taryn Rose (and orthopedic surgeon) wanted to bring luxury and comfort into the shoe-world. Using her knowledge of the human body, she went to work partnering with design experts to create the ultimate shoe that is both comfortable and stylish for modern day women.

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Dakota Backpack by Dagne Dover


No longer are backpacks just for the kids…college students, urban dwellers, and moms everywhere know a high quality, versatile backpack is the best way to go. With places to go and things to do, the nonstop activity of being a mom, a working professional and everything in between can be hectic and stressful. The last thing you need to worry about is toting around a heavy bag full of everything from gym clothes, to diapers, snacks, and electronics. The perfect, and ergonomically friendly solution, is a lightweight, trendy backpack that can carry all the essentials.


This year we love the Dakota Backpack from Dagne Dover available in both a medium and large size. With an exterior, padded zipper laptop pocket and a slip tablet sleeve on the inside, you can safely transport your tech and it does not take up all the available space. The roomy interior can then easily carry your books, diapers, extra clothes, or other necessities.


Some features of the Large Dakota Backpack that will make this your go-to bag include:

  • Lightweight, premium neoprene and performance air mesh construction
  • Easy to clean nylon lining
  • Soft, adjustable shoulder straps
  • Back panel, padded laptop compartment with zipper closure
  • Exterior, easy to reach, top panel phone pocket
  • Interior mesh laptop sleeve with elastic closure
  • 3 interior and 2 exterior side zipper pockets
  • 2 interior air mesh pockets
  • 2 exterior elastic side pockets

With the ability to tote everything you need in one easy to carry, comfortable backpack, along with the trendy and sleek solid color exterior, this bag is versatile enough for almost every occasion, and definitely ideal for everyday use. Whether traveling with the family, backpacking around Europe, or simply toting kids to and from the soccer fields the Dakota Backpack from Dagne Dover is guaranteed to please.


Koolaburra by UGG


Mama’s know that life is all about the catch 22…we look forward to the lazy season of summer, but dread listening to our kiddos proclaim their boredom. We are excited about the start of the new school year, but know that just around the time all things pumpkin spice hit the shelves we will once again become morning drill sergeants trying to herd a pack of sleepy cats out the door to the bus or the carpool drop-off line. We absolutely adore our littles and our looks, but we so often compromise our own style for simplicity as we hustle-and-bustle from morning until night on this nonstop adventure we call motherhood.


Fortunately, for those of us who love leggings (I mean who doesn’t), loose tees, stylish scarves, and chunky boots, fall and winter is all about comfy, cozy clothing actually conducive to rushing out the door in the morning. An absolute cool weather necessity for all mothers out there, no matter where you live, is a pair of soft, snug boots you can easily slip on and off all day. From the soccer field to the school PTA meeting, we love the Koola Tall Boots from Koolaburra by UGG. Stylish, affordable, and superbly comfortable, these classic boots should be a closet staple for every woman as they are a boot you will love to live in.


Crafted of soft-suede, plush sheepskin, and faux fur, the simple style of this boot allows it to be worn with everything, keeping your feet warm and cushy day and night. With a cushioned sockliner and lightweight EVA sole these easy-on, easy-off boots will keep you footloose and fancy-free, unlike some of the heavier, bulkier alternatives. The soft and supple inner sheepskin keeps your toes warm and cozy while also providing adequate support to prevent tired feet and legs.


This year as you begin your back to school shopping for the kids, don’t forget to pick up a pair of Koola Tall Boots as we promise they will become your go-to boot this year.


Continue to keep the cold away even at home this fall and winter season with a pair of Milo Slippers from Koolaburra by UGG. Those chilly wood and tile floors can provide an oftentimes uncomfortable and unwelcome wake-up call on those early school mornings in the winter.


Make your morning routine just a bit more enjoyable with these simple, backless slippers made of Koolaburra by UGG’s signature soft suede, plush sheepskin, and faux fur. This snug and cozy style also gives you something to look forward to at the end of a long, tiring day. Come home, slip into a pair of Milo’s and relax in front of the fire with a glass of wine or mug of hot cocoa for a perfect ending to a typical busy day in the life of a mother.

Koolaburra by UGG is all about creating a carefree, casual, comfortable, wear everywhere style that transitions easily from day to night. Designed for those living an on-the-go, busy lifestyle, Koolaburra strives to make one thing simple and that is trendy, stylish shoes you will love to wear. With a variety of classic and contemporary styles available, no matter your look you are sure to find a pair you love.

Forever Backpack by Ju-Ju-Be

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Backpacks aren’t just for kids going back to school. Mama needs to get her stuff together too. Ju-Ju-Be, one of our favorite brands for bags for moms, has a new vegan collection with a backpack that will leave the other moms in the pick up line after preschool jealous. The Forever Backpack will keep any mom organized as she runs all over town, driving kids to school and activities, running errands, and escaping for a manicure in between all the insanity.

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The Forever Backpack from Ju-Ju-Be has all the fabulous features you expect from this highly sought after brand.

  • Easy to reach Cell phone pocket
  • 7 pockets including 2 insulated bottle pockets
  • Back zipper compartment that holds the changing pad (included) or a tablet/laptop
  • Front pocket with a key fob
  • Soft vegan leather with padded shoulder straps
  • Antimicrobial treated liner

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Mama will be so much more comfortable carrying all the necessities of the day in this backpack with the structured tote built for support and comfort. The vegan leather looks so stylish in this Brulee color. She can pack diapers, snacks, extra clothes, her phone and wallet and still have room for more. Thanks to the wide opening and light colored interior, she won’t have any trouble finding what she needs inside. This bag is also a great carry on bag when traveling.

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Forever Backpack in Brulee


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Isabelle Grace Jewelry

Isabelle Grace

Isabelle Grace

Drop off and pick ups are no mommy fashion show, even though it feels that way sometimes. Dressing up for these busy mornings and rushed afternoons is by no means necessary but if you are wanting to show off some style, you’d be surprised how a couple pieces of jewelry by Isabelle Grace can change the whole look of an outfit. It takes hardly any time and almost no effort to throw on a necklace and some earrings to give your look something extra. Choosing pieces that can go from day to night and can be both dressy and casual at the same time will save you some hassle and decision making.

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Isabelle Grace

The Odessa Noir Necklace beautifully displays 3 black quartz stones on a thick gold plate chain. This neck piece is simple yet fashionable. It can easily be worn with jeans and a t-shirt or paired perfectly with a little black dress. We love that the clasp is in the front making accessorizing that much quicker. The color of the stones allow you to easily mix and match with other stones and metals such as silver colored jewelry and multi-colored accents. The Odessa Noir Necklace is reasonably priced and comes in two different chain lengths to fit your style.

When it comes to choosing something for your ears, the Baguette Crystal Earrings will give your ears the glam you need. The uniqueness of the long rectangular shape combined with the Swarvoski crystal will brighten any outfit. Available in antiqued gold or antiqued silver, the Baguette Crystal Earrings will compliment the other pieces of jewelry you are sporting that day. Customize your look by choosing your crystal color in aquamarine, golden shadow, or crystal clear.

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Isabelle Grace’’s mission is to create modern jewelry that is known for telling a story. The huge variety of handcrafted pieces unique in their own way are perfect for celebrating all kinds of milestones. Personalization is just one of their many specialties offering pieces to be one of a kind to the person receiving it. Available for both men, women, and children, custom pieces by Isabelle Grace will make any outfit stand out this back to school season.

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Marine Layer

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Every mom needs a couple of shirts that she lives in. Moms needs comfortable but high quality. Moms need classic style. Marine Layer has perfected the art of combining comfort, quality, and style making it an ideal brand for moms this fall. This company all started from the desire to create the feel of a long lost, broken in tee shirt and evolved into a legit fashion brand that makes most of their designs in the U.S. and uses over 25 custom fabrics to create soft and rad looking clothing.

Marine-Layer-Shirts (6 Of 8)There are some things that moms look forward to as the season changes from summer to fall and wearing cozy clothing is one of those perks! The Radley Reversible Raglan is the shirt Mom will live in when the weather cools down. Shown here in Heather Grey/Cream, it matches practically everything and Mom can wear it over and over again because it is reversible. No one will know she wore the same shirt the day before and we call that a mom win! Marine Layer creates this shirt in the USA with their best selling double knit fabric. Upgrade from that cheap worn out hoodie you have been sporting for far too long. This shirt is worth the investment!

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Transition into fall with a the retro style Smalls Baseball Raglan. The color blocking and Tri-Blend fabric give you a great look and an even better feel. Mom can wear this with pretty much anything and she knows it will last through any adventure with the kids. Look super cool at your son’s tee ball game or makes sure the other moms know you’re a cool more by stporting this vintage look at the next PTO meeting.

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We all know Moms end up shopping for their kids even when shopping for themselves. While you are ordering the Raglan for yourself, get your son or daughter a matching Mini Baseball Raglan. Made with the same Tri-Blend fabric, this shirt is great for that transition between super hot summer and cold fall weather. Pair it with shorts or jeans!

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Any kid will flip over the Mini Surfing Bear Tee. With the extra soft, broken in feel of a Marine Layer tee and a trendy California inspired design, boys and girls will feel extra cool starting the school year in this tee.

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Whether you’re planning to pick up a few cute tops to pair with comfy jeans, soft and comfy slip-on shoes for running out the door in the morning, or even just a few accessories to spruce up your current looks, now is the time. You deserve to look and feel your best all day everyday Mama, so make sure to grab something for yourself this back to school shopping season and enjoy this fun and fabulous upcoming Fall.

For more Fall fashion and back to school shopping tips check out our Fashion section over at Daily Mom.
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Kristin dePaula
Kristin dePaula
Kristin is a Montessori Mama who spends her days working as a lawyer with at-risk youth and her nights chasing her 4 boys on their latest adventure. She spends a significant amount of time in the kitchen creating healthy, organic, and delicious meals for her family, reading books with her boys, and at the soccer fields. Aspiring to make a difference in lives of others one child at a time, Kristin is passionate about social justice, early literacy, and early childhood education. While she loves scarves and boots, Kristin lives at the world's most famous beach with her husband, kids, extended family, and enough pets to open a zoo.