Melissa Tidgwell is the super stylish Cos Cob-based mom of three (daughters 6 and 3 and a 1-year-old boy) who created ModishMel, one of our favorite fashion blogs and Instagram feeds to follow. After covering her as a Meet a Mom a few months back, we decided to make her our first in a series of “Mom Uniform” pieces. For these stories, we’ll ask some of the most stylish moms in Greenwich about what pieces they turn to every single day. The idea? Once we find our own “Mom Uniform” we can feel pulled together, quickly, without wasting time and money shopping for pieces we don’t love. We hope these stories inspire you as much as they’re inspiring us!
To read Melissa’s Meet a Mom, click here.
How would you describe your style?
My style changes every single day. It’s unplanned and generally a reflection of my mood. I dress how I feel; however, if I had to label it, I do tend to lean towards an elevated classic style that is feminine and trendy with an edge.
How has your style changed since becoming a mom?
My heels got a little shorter… I feel like my style is always changing and evolving so I can’t so much contribute that to being a mom, but I certainly have a more relaxed and comfort driven look when I’m hanging with my children, and I save my high heels for a fun night out! When I became a mom I promised myself I wouldn’t compromise on the things I love just because I am a mom and I think that’s really important for women.
What’s your Mom Uniform?
My day to day always looks different so my uniform changes depending on the day and what I have to accomplish. Also living in the northeast with different seasons require different staples. In the winter, my uniform is jeans, and a sweater, and boots or heels. Whether I am heading into meetings or at home with my babies this outfit makes me feel confident and comfortable. In the summer I love a feminine dress. It’s always comfortable but I also just love the simple jean and a tee look. There are a lot of styling opportunities with that classic look. You can always dress it up or make it casual and for me there is something sexy about it. I also have to mention my athleisure uniform as well – like my Lululemon leggings, or my Monrow sweats or my Aviator Nation sweatshirts. When I have a million things to do around town with the kids that requires a lot of activity, I do feel best in my athleisure wear; however, when I want to feel stylish yet comfortable, I usually just throw on jeans and an oversized sweater or tee.
In general, brands I love include:
This is a loaded question because there are so many brands and designers that I love. To name a few: Rag and Bone, Levis, and Agolde for Jeans, Free People’s sweatshirts and sweaters and graphic tees, Aviator Nation and Monrow for sweatshirts and sweat pants, LoveShackFancy for a summer dresses. Golden Goose for Sneakers. Chanel for designer. Cami NYC for a good cami. I love Stuart Weitzman boots.The Row, Balmain… I mean I can just keep going on and on! There are so many amazing brands that I love and admire.
What’s on your wishlist/splurge list?
Where do you love to shop in town?
In Greenwich, Saks is always one of my go to places for fashion finds, but also Zara for more affordable options. I do love to mix and match high end pieces with affordable options. You can always look high fashion while wearing an affordable look. It’s all about balance and owning your style.
And where do you shop online?
What bloggers/influencers inspire you?
Anything else you’d like to add?
Overall, fashion is a reflection of yourself. No matter what you wear, be confident and true to you. I feel like that’s the most important thing… it’s not about what you wear, but how you wear it. Being confident, kind, and true to yourself ultimately defines true style. I always try to demonstrate this through my blog, Modishmel, by empowering other women and mamas and anyone who needs it to just be the best version of themselves. Ultimately that’s all what fashion is – a little bit of attitude, feeling comfortable, and being confident.