SWEATER  ||  STRIPED TEE  ||  FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS (non-maternity, wearing a size 4)  ||  SUNGLASSES  ||  DIAPER BAG  ||  SNEAKERS  

Today I’m excited to launch a new series on Merrick’s Art: Momiform Mondays! Many of you have asked over the last few years for help with getting dressed as a mom. Life is busy, kids schedules and needs are demanding, and it’s easy for your style to get thrown on the back burner.

So in this series I’ll share styling tips, closet essentials, and other tricks to get you out of the hot mess mama zone. And it won’t just apply to moms — it’s anyone looking to pump up their casual style. Also, this won’t be a feature for every Monday, but you’ll see it over here at least once a month. I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Today let’s talk about how to step up your basics…this time with a little edginess from some faux leather leggings. These have been a staple in my closet for a few years and I always pull them out when I need to add a little edge to my outfit. This outfit would be cute with a pair of jeans, but adding the faux leather adds some texture, visual interest, and gives your outfit a sleek and modern vibe.

The trick to wearing these without looking either overdressed or juvenile is to pair them with purposeful casual pieces. My go-to is a pair of athletic sneakers like the pair I’m wearing here, but they’re also great with slip on sneakers. Then on top, try an oversized t-shirt, a chunky sweater, a bright wool coat, or a chambray or plaid button up, all of which are very simple basics that will pair perfectly with them.

I’ve owned a few pairs of leather leggings over the years, but these ones are far and away my favorite. They are fitted all the way down the leg which creates a really sleek and slim leg line, they’re a little bit matte so they don’t scream leather, they’re thin and stretchy but not see-through, and they’re insanely comfortable. Do you need any more reasons to buy a pair? The regular length is low in stock, but they come in petite and tall (which happen to be on sale) as well. And they have a similar pair that’s maternity!

Be bold! Pick up a pair and rock them in place of your regular denim. Think you can do it?

photos by rad and happy 


  1. Carmen Jny (carmitive) says:

    In love with this red sweater! xx, Carmen

  2. Natali says:

    Stylish, simple and comfy outfit, all a fashion and mommy blogger needs to spend her day in! 🙂

  3. Emi says:

    hi Merrick! love your outfit always! i looked at the faux leggings link and it has pretty high waist…just curious, do you wear it as is or fold it down? (i’m about the same size, height as you but i couldn’t do regular leggings when i was in my third trimester.)

    • Merrick says:

      I can actually wear it both ways — folded down, and up, because it has elastic bands on the waistband that make it super stretchy. They’re great because you can wear them now and after baby comes!

      • Emi says:

        thank you for the reply! that’s awesome! will have to get them 🙂 and i almost always forget that you’re having a baby soon because you are so in style and none of your clothes reminds you of so-called maternity wear. i know you won’t even look like you just had a baby after a few weeks, though…lol take care <3

  4. Heidi D. says:

    I love how you styled the sporty outfit! You are looking great!

    Wishes & Reality

  5. Randall Harrison says:

    Thank-you for doing this series. I’m looking forward to reading your posts and learning how to amp up my momiform.

  6. Amanda says:

    YES YES YES! I am a recent follower but im so excited about this series! I literally have nothing to wear and im stuck in a totally mommy rut. Cant wait! Thanks so much

  7. Casie says:

    For goodness sake, STOP POSTING PICTURES WITH EVERY LINE AND MARK OF YOUR MORMON GARMENTS SHOWING! You do such a great job being modest almost all the time, but if it’s tight enough for me to see every little line, it doesn’t feel very respectful. No matter how cute you are.

  8. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    This is a super cute look! I love that bright sweater!


  9. redsoxwife says:

    Man people will find any reason to hate on you! i think you do a fabulous job being modest and looking good, I LOVE your style and think you are an icon and inspiration. I’ve kept coming back to your blog over the last few years but I think this new momiform Monday may be my new favorite!! I’m excited to see what you come up with xox

  10. Very nice look! Great sweater”

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