November 1, 2012 - Better You, Easy Outfits, Style

Five Wardrobe Basics for Moms

Wardrobe Basics for Moms

Back when I was a yoga pants addict (I’m in recovery now, thank you very much), I scoured the web for a good list of mom wardrobe basics but came up empty.  Many of them were tailored to women who work outside the home or they were just a tad too outdated for my tastes (khaki pants, anyone?).

So I decided to put together my own list of my top five casual wardrobe basics for real moms.  These are the pieces that I wear every day to look put together and still feel comfortable.  These basics will see you through practically any modern mom activity, both stylishly and comfortably.

1. Dark Wash Skinny Jeans

Universally flattering, dark wash skinny jeans in stretchy fabrics build the base for so many different looks. They can easily be dressed up or down by swapping out flats for heels and cardigans for blazers. One of my favorite brands is Kut from the Kloth. They have the perfect rise, not too high or too low and they offer just the right amount of stretch.

[Kut from the Kloth “Mia”]

2. Cardigans

What can I say? I have a whole closet full of cardigans in every color of the rainbow (and some prints) that get worn on an almost daily basis. Combine them with scarves and statement necklaces. Throw them over a dress or printed blouse. The possibilities are endless. Some of my favorite cardigans are these cotton summerweights from J. Crew Factory.

Factory summerweight cotton cardigan

[Summerweight Cotton Cardigan]

3. Fun Flats

My go-to shoes for every mom activity are cute and comfy flats. Leopard goes with virtually everything and adds a little bit of fun to each outfit.

[Sam Edelman Leopard Flats]

4. Tees and Tanks

The basis for building every look – you can never have enough quality t-shirts and tank tops to layer under everything. J. Crew has great high quality basic knits.

Perfect-fit V-neck tee

[J. Crew Perfect-fit V-Neck]

5. Scarves and Statement Jewelry

Easily add style to any look with colorful printed scarves and statement jewelry. These pieces create an instant outfit without breaking the budget.

[Bluron Infinity Scarf]

[Vintage Floral Statement Necklace]

It’s Your Turn:  What other pieces are absolute must-haves in your modern mom wardrobe?  Tell me in the comments!

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  1. You hit the nail on the head with all of these picks! I also think blazers are a good choice. Even if you are still wearing jeans and flats, a blazer can always makes an outfit look dressy and polished. Heather

    1. Great addition, Heather. Blazers are the modern cardigan. I’ve been trying to work more of them into my wardrobe!

  2. I love this list! I’m not a mom (yet!), but my office is very casual. I think this basic list is right-on. I always see wardrobe basics lists that have “trench coat” and “white stilletos” or something like that – I don’t own either of those things! Great post.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the sweet comment!

  3. Hi,
    I am a mom of two (latest one is one month old) and I have a beauty and fashion blog I would love to share this on, wondering if I can link it or post it? I love what you said and all the practical advice! Great post!

  4. I found some slim fitting bermuda shorts at Black House White Market in both black and white. They are easy to dress up or down with flats or heels, add a jacket, or sweater if it’s cool out. I then tailored my khaki Ann Taylor bermudas to a slimmer fit and find them to be more versatile now.

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