May 16

Street Style Huntress: Mom Jeans

by Aldona Barutowicz · 0 comments


As more of the women in my life choose to become mothers, the more I’ve come face-to-face with thinking and discussing style from a mother’s perspective. I’ve become more inclined to be attentive to the life and fashion choices that are out there, not only due to the increasing number of mothers in my personal world, but obviously also because of my job as the Street Style Huntress.

I’ve always been one to believe in fashion not only as a means of expression, but as a means of feeling great about yourself. It’s the way that I choose to feel happy and excited about my day, to have a bit of fun, and to add some colour and excitement into any given day – no matter what I’m working on, and what personal choices I make in my life and career.

At a recent fashion event I had the lovely pleasure of meeting Donna Harris and baby Autumn. I spotted the two across the event room and instantly knew that I had to go over to introduce myself and say hello. I was blown away not only by Harris’ personal style, but the fact that she only gave birth to stylish little Autumn two months previously.

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It was only a couple of weeks later that I once again bumped into the stylish mother – daughter duo again, at another fashion event nonetheless. This is when we once again spoke about the importance of feeling good and confident with yourself, and how largely that’s influenced by personal style and expression through fashion.

Harris was not wearing mom jeans on either occasion, and she probably never will. Her stance is simple – look good, feel better. She loves patterns, colour, accessories and remaining exactly true to herself no matter what road she decides to travel on her life’s journey – motherhood or otherwise. And as far as I’m concerned, her attitude and stance are exactly on point and an inspiration at that.

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What does style and fashion mean to you, and why is it important?

Style and fashion is celebrating who you are. Even when I was pregnant, it was crucial to my identity to celebrate that part of me. Yes I’m a mother now, but I’m also a sister, friend, and a whole rounded person. To be a good mother I have to take care of myself.

I think it’s in women’s natures to be nurturing and overcompensate but the danger of that is that you lose yourself. The more you take care of yourself the more you’ll have to give to your child.

How have you dealt with your body changing due to pregnancy?

Every woman’s situation is different, and I get it, but just take 5 minutes and put on some lipstick – and dress your body to fit it as it is and be true to your body and love it as it is. It can be a hard transition and it takes time to get back to where you used to be size wise.

I’m still waiting to get back to that [pre-baby size] but you try to look your best anyways. I wear clothes that fit me now and celebrate being a woman in every way possible. I take the time because I need that for me.

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Have you always been into fashion and style? 

I’ve done various things – dancing, I’m an artist, and I’ve always been in the creative field. I feel like clothes are an instant gratification and they’re like artwork. I get such a high from putting outfits together. I plan my outfits the night before and have so much fun with my wardrobe.

Play around with your closet and have fun. I’m a huge hunter – I love playing dress up and looking for clothes. People never know what to expect from me and my style, but I’m having fun, and that’s what it’s all about for me.

Do you have any specific style advice?

Accessories do wonders for your outfits. Do a fun punch of colour, add a scarf, try a new lipstick. Do something different. Youtube and Pinterest are fabulous for suggestions and tutorials and are such great resources. You can go out there and look fabulous on next to nothing and feel like a million bucks.

Where do you shop? 

I do have my favourite designers and I know they’re expensive but I will treat myself to some of them sometimes. Vivienne Westwood is my ultimate favourite – I love her philosophy, I love her construction, the patterns on patterns, I love the theatrics and drama – just beautiful! Otherwise I love vintage and consignment shopping and finding great bargains.

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When you decided to have your first child, were you afraid that it would change you and your lifestyle?

I was very scared because I’m a creative person and I knew that I found that spark – and I saw women doing things a certain way and I wondered if that’s what it was like. Also because it’s the unknown, going down this path for the first time.

I’m a risk taker and I make my own rules. I figured out that I didn’t have to fit into a certain box. I’ve just kept true to myself. It’s interesting how people put themselves into boxes, whether it’s agism, or being a mom and that they have to be a certain way and how ‘it’s supposed to be’.

Personally I think that your inside should reflect your outside and I think if you start doing little things to love yourself, and remember that you’re beautiful and that you deserve to look stunning, you’re moving in the right direction.


What’s your favourite part of Downtown Calgary? 

Stephen Avenue is my favourite – it’s very European and you can just walk around and visit all the galleries and shops. It’s great to have all of this theatre down here too at the Epcor Centre. I just love being around the arts and creative people and it’s fun down here. It would be nice if there were more people down here on the weekends especially – leave the suburbs!

Do you have a favourite gallery you like to frequent?

I love the Glenbow Museum. I spend a lot of time there and I grab Autumn and we check out all of the new exhibitions. I’m also really excited for festival season to start, so you’ll be seeing Autumn and I all over the place. I just want her to see everything and experience the world, so we go everywhere together. I love people and the hustle of the city.



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