Mom Trends In My Neighborhood — Western Philadelphia Suburbs

Katja from Skimbaco wants to know:  What are the mom trends in your neighborhood?  (Hat tip to Steph at Adventures in Babywearing.)  Her specific questions are:

What’s the most seen stroller?  What’s the official "Mom Uniform"?
Mini Van, SUV or something else?  Strolling around . . . with a jogger or
pram?  What’s the IN babywearing?  Or no for slings?  Chai Tea or Non-fat

What’s the product everyone has?  How do the moms in your
neighbourhood dress their children?  Sporty or preppy?  Classic or
trendy?  Minimalistic or ruffles and bows?

Write about the
products Moms use in your neighbourhood – not necessarily what are your
favorite products, but what are the most used products in your part of

People in my neighborhood don’t spend a lot on their clothes and aren’t usually concerned with brand names.  The "Mom Uniform" is pretty basic.  Most of us wear t-shirts or tank tops with capri pants in the summer months and jeans or khakis in the cooler months.  The moms in my neighborhood shop mostly at Kohl’s and Old Navy, the younger ones at the Gap and American Eagle.  Some of us like Ann Taylor Loft. 

This is my signature fall outfit.

A v-neck t-shirt:

With my favorite Lucky jeans:

I also notice a lot of "activewear" among the moms dropping kids off at preschool in the mornings.  They must be working out while their kids are in school.  Or at least that’s what they want us to think.  Or I’m feeling defensive because that’s what I’m supposed to be doing; I just haven’t gotten around to starting yet.  Yes, procrastination is alive and well here at Casa de Housewife.  But I digress.

On the feet?  Sneakers, flip-flops, or comfy slip-on styles are popular.

When we go out at night, we dress up our usual capris and jeans with a cute top or sweater and maybe a high-heeled shoe or boot. 

Vera Bradley and other patterned bags are a common sight.

Kids in my neighborhood dress mostly from Target and Kohls, as well as some Old Navy, Gap, and Gymboree.  The older girls like Limited Too.  They are pretty trendy, I guess, but they aren’t overly concerned with brand names.

My son’s favorite outfits involve "activewear". 

My daughter’s
favorite outfits involve a skirt of some sort.  And pink.  There MUST
be pink in every outfit.

Crocs are all the rage, of course. 

There are wealthier parts of the Philly suburbs where trends differ a bit.  (There you will find a lot of Lilly Pullitzer dresses and
big hair bows on little girls, boutique styles and such.)  But where I live, the trends I’ve
described above are pretty much the status quo.

I haven’t noticed any particular stroller trends in my neck of the woods.  I see lots of Peg Peregos at the mall.  And there are always the Combis and the Gracos.  There’s not a lot of babywearing, but I do see slings occasionally.  Personally, I have a love affair with my Maclaren Quest.

Minivans and SUVs pretty much rule the parking lots.

The product everyone has?  Our neighbors are into their toys.  Many have those huge inflatable backyard water slides.  That’s definitely the latest trend in kids’ toys around here.

Conclusion:  The Philly mom spends her money on gadgets and toys over clothes and shoes.  Priorities depend largely on where you live in the suburbs, making it hard to generalize.  Styles are what I’d call preppy/trendy.  There isn’t a lot of originality.  The chain stores are pretty all we have out my way.  The boutiques are more common in Philly and in the "Main Line" suburbs.  The crunchy lifestyle hasn’t really taken hold here yet, but there are pockets of the suburbs where that is hip.

So what are the mom trends in your area?  Leave me a my comment, or do your own post!  If you post, be sure to sign Katja’s Mr. Linky.

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7 Responses

  1. Susanne – those are THE most comfortable shoes known to womankind. They aren’t cheap, but they were WELL worth the investment.

  2. Seriously – I had my first experience with a Maclaren last week (I was all about the 10 dollar Cosco umbrella stroller from Target, thank you very much) and it was AMAZING. Totally worth it just to have the higher handle! Although, I do wish it had a cupholder. Maybe some do, this one didn’t.

    Also, I was pushing a twin Combi (are those the only ones? This I don’t know), and it was TERRIBLE. It caught every bump and crack in the sidewalk (which is bumpy and cracky in old town Chicago) and is hard to collapse. Of course, I couldn’t figure out the Maclaren either. But at least it’s small enough to fit in the car uncollapsed.

    This was fun! The nanny job I had last year put me in carpool line with what I liked to call the “J. Crew Moms” – they were always perfectly perfect in their clothes. The nannies DEFINITELY stuck out.

  3. Wow, Philly sounds just like Atlanta (there’s a little hint as to where Georgia Mom lives, but Atlanta is a BIG town!). I would say we have pretty much the same trends. But, no one has the BIG slides or blow ups down here, because most neighborhoods won’t allow them. But, a lot have wooden playsets in the backyard. We have a lot of parks in our area, so we just go there. But, my girls have wanted a swing set for years. The minivans and SUV’s rule the road with Mom’s down here, but I’ve noticed a new trend for the “crossover” vehicles. Saturn has one, GMC and Ford. I like them, they are smaller and they look better than a van, but I would never buy an American made car. Sorry, but that’s all I see broken down on the side of the road! And I live in my car, I have no time to be broken down. I’ve had my Sienna for 7.5 years, I have 110,000 hard driven miles on that car and it’s never given me any trouble! It’s been paid for a long time and I’m driving it until I can pay cash for another one!

    Okay, I got my morning post in. You wondered where your comments were, well I work on Wednesdays at my girls school and I only have 5 min. to link to the WFMW post and then I have to turn the computer off, or I’ll be stuck here, making us all late. But, it’s 5:59 EST and I’ve got a good hour of computer time available to me. So, I’ll do my part to get your numbers back up to where you like them!

  4. One more thing.. My husband did get his pair of Lucky Jeans at Costco. He didn’t like them, they were too baggy in the butt. He’s taking them back. But, he got them for 38.00 which I think is cheap, because I feel sure my sister paid at leaset 100.00 for hers.

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