Posted: Apr 17, 2012 6:11 PM
It’s okay to want to look your best, but super-trendy isn’t always the best look for Mom. Leave the body piercings, tattoos and low-rise jeans to the teenagers and embrace your own awesome mom style.

Moms are copying their teenage daughters’ fashion decisions, say researchers at Temple University's Fox School of Business. The study, published in The Journal of Consumer Behavior, “found that mothers doppelgang their adolescent daughters.”

And it's not just regular moms like us. We see this behavior among celebrities, too: Madonna dressing like Lourdes, Dina Lohan like Lindsay and Demi Moore like Tallulah.

We're asking you, on behalf of your teenage daughter, to avoid -- at the very least -- these five trends that look great on a 16-year-old girl... but not on her mother!

1- Multiple bra straps

Teen girls love to layer and one of the most popular combos is the tank top over the camisole over the pretty bra. The result is a plethora of straps!

Most of us look at this complicated style and think it looks sloppy, careless and undone. But other moms copy it! Please Mom: tank tops are fine -- we love them -- but for heaven's sake, tuck in those straps!

And while we're on the subject of visible lingerie...

2- The peekaboo thong

If your lacy thong shows every time you tie your shoes, then your jeans don't fit! The look is kind of trashy when teenagers do it, but it's downright pathetic when Mom lets it all hang out.

We're not suggesting you settle for high-waisted mom jeans -- we just want you to avoid those super low-rise pants that leave nothing to the imagination.

And there's another reason to avoid low-cut pants...

3- The tramp stamp

For today’s teens, getting a tattoo is no big deal. And tattoos can look really attractive on young, taut skin -- a little star on the ankle or a delicate flower on the shoulder.

But as we know all too well, our youthful skin doesn't stick around forever. Aging and gravity take over and things start to wrinkle and sag.

And it's for this very reason that we plead with you to stay away from the tattoo parlor. That hummingbird will look very different on middle-age bat wings than it does on a 16-year-old cheerleader's bicep.

And the next trend doesn't fair well on droopy skin either...

4- Body piercings

There was a time when getting your ears pierced was a really big deal! Now ears are one of the last things teenagers want to pierce.

Mom, you should keep those pierced ears front and foremost! Take the money you have earmarked for other piercings -- tongue, nose, eyebrow -- and invest in a pair of diamond earrings instead.

If you feel you must have a bellybutton piercing, at least keep it covered...

5- Belly shirts

Back in the '80s, we called them cropped tops. But it doesn't really matter what they're called, they're a no-no for anyone who's graduated high school.

And if your abs are less-than-flat, by all means make sure your shirt -- full or fitted, long-sleeve or short -- covers your entire torso. Muffin tops are very, very bad.

Even if your devotion to Pilates has given you an enviable six-pack, there comes an age when you just don't have to bear it to flaunt it. Show it off with fitted tops and belted jackets instead.

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Anonymous May 01, 2012
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How about an article that lists five dangers new moms actually face instead of another trite article that reads like it was cut and pasted from "Judgmental Monthly"? Five things mothers should avoid/be aware of: fatigue, hand washing, dehydration, poor nutrition, and depression. Hey! How about that! Other things other people have already researched that you can copy and paste! Multiple bra straps? Really? Of all the trite crap you want me to feel bad about how many bra straps I have showing is what you went with? And let's say my mom, a kind, caring, nurturing woman went and got a tattoo on the small offer back. Does that negate those other wonderful things about her or does she have a fighting chance because she can cover it up? My baby has fallen asleep with her face smushed against many a tattoo. Should I be worried she'll grow up to show too much bra strap? Or my piercings. I never ever wear earrings because I find that my baby likes to grab, pull, and cause me personal injury when I do. But my tiny nose stud which compliments the actual lines and flow of my face (which lobes do not), that my baby cant play with or grab needs to go? Your priorities confuse me. Badly researched, insultingly worded, and poorly written to boot.
Anonymous April 30, 2012
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I cannot believe this site would approve the use of the term "tramp stamp" in this manner. It is highly offensive to suggest that the simple placement of a tattoo in this area on a woman automatically makes her a tramp (which essentially means slut.) That type of language is extremely misogynistic. Furthermore, with all the rights we women are losing daily in the US (reproductive and otherwise), I have to wonder why another woman (and mother) would jump on this judgmental bandwagon. It's no ones business what I do with my body... where I get my tattoos and how many piercings I have. Having these modifications does not make me sloppy or a bad mother. Badly done Mary Fetzer... badly done.
Anonymous April 30, 2012
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Wow... This article is judgemental and just straight up offensive. You opened up a can of worms by posting this, I understand that there is a certain stigma against mothers with body moditications. But to feed into that by writing this crap... makes you very ignorant. What a mom has done to her body is her choice, her business, and does not have ANYTHING to do with her parenting choices.
The comment about aging skin is rediculous, young adults DO get old eventually too, so what does it matter when a woman gets a tattoo? And telling a mom what she should and should not have pierced is frankly rude on your part. We don't tell you what to wear when you wake up, we don't tell you what food to eat, why should you tell us what we should pierce? Obviously you have overly conservative views and a stigma about modified mothers. I know MANY women with children, myself included, that have modifications that are excellent mothers.

And I think "multiple bra straps" is just taking it too far. I also disagree that those five things you posted above are even trends in the first place.

You should probably educate yourself before judging something you clearly know so little about so much, you look incredibly ignorant.
Anonymous April 30, 2012
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I have no words for how awful and judgemental this article is. Everyone has an opinion, and I don't have to agree, but I am personally offended, and offended on behalf of my mama friends, modified and otherwise.
Anonymous April 30, 2012
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A very judgemental article. Its awful.
Brittney Scheidegger April 30, 2012
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Well that's a bit offensive. What does being a parent have to do with tattoos and piercings? Because I'm a mom, I'm no longer allowed to decide what I want to do with my body?
Anonymous April 30, 2012
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So because I'm a mom I can no longer choose what I want to do with my body? I love my tattoos and piercings and they have nothing to do with whether or not I have children.