Casual Looks for Moms: Backpacks Over 40

April 27, 2016

Being a busy mom, I always look for convenience, simplicity and functionality in my wardrobe pieces. But as importantly, to make sure I feel good about myself, I try to add a bit of trendy style and edginess to these looks. This look here is one of my favorite casual outfits to run errands, and here are my thoughts about all of its components.

Love this Free People fringe sweater for adding a relaxed feel to casual outfits, and also for its length (it is great at concealing my stomach hehe, no need to suck it in!).  Longer tops always elongate my petite frame. (Other outfits with this sweater you can find here, here, and here.)

These J.Crew high rise boot crop jeans (in stretch denim!) are a new addition to my jean collection, and I absolutely love them. They are faltering for any body type, super comfortable, and just a bit more edgy than regular jeans. They can look great with a light sweater, button-down, and plain t-shirt.

Okay, you may legitimately wonder if seriously wear these tall wedges to run errands. And yes, I do. Not all the time, of course, but often. I do think that high heels make me feel taller and better. And while you will never find me running errands in stilettos, wedges are much more stable for walking, and I wear them with my work and casual outfits all the time. They are easy and comfortable considering the size of the heel, and they add a bit of bulky style contrasting it with a more delicate look.

Now for accessories, sunglasses and the backpack. Oversized sunglasses are my best friends ever since I turned 37ish. Their size add that Hollywood and Jacky O. image to every style outfit. And as for the backpack, I recently bought it from Zara. While I love several backpack designs from Michael Kors and Rebecca Minkoff, I could not make myself pay more than $50 for this temporary trend, especially given my age. I mean, I’m way past my 20s hehe, and more and more often I wonder if I can wear things that remind us of schoolgirl looks. Now I know backpacks are in, and I know that 40s are not what they used to be and old fashion rules nowadays get replaced by new ones or simply are thrown out the window. So as long as I can own it, I can wear it. I love this backpack for its clean lines and color, and as long as I wear it on one shoulder, I can own it hehe.

What do you think about this look, all together or pulled apart, and what do you think about wearing backpacks after 40?

♡ Zuma

casual outfit Zara backpack Zara backpackIn this story:

Free People fringe sweater, old  (also love Free People ‘Love Me Tender’ Fringe Cardigan here and Chelsea28 fringe cardigan here, and Barefoot Dreams ‘Chic’ poncho here)

J.Crew Billie high rise demi-boot crop jean

Tory Burch wedges (similar by Michael Kors here, and they come in many different colors!)

Zara Pocket Detail backpack

Sunglasses (similar by Wildfox here, and by Kate Spade here)

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  • Reply Laurie April 29, 2016 at 12:05 am

    I think these fringed ponchos are going to be a bit hit in the fashion stakes. You look lovely in this relaxed yet stylish outfit x

    • Reply Zuma May 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you Laurie, this is truly an outfit I feel the happiest. I love casual relaxed look and feel. Love fringe! xoxo

  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman May 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    This backpack is great. I could really use this when I am out with the grandchildren. I also love the sandals. Thank you so much for sharing

  • Reply krystel May 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    The backpack looks great I love the fringes

  • Reply Shahreen June 13, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I really love this backpack. Wish it came in another color, though, I know I would dirty the white so fast.

  • Reply Stephanie July 30, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I love this complete look.

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