Have you traded your cool clothes and your hip work wardrobe for who-cares-if-I-get-puked-on attire? We thought so.
Here’s a reality check: You’re a mom and a business owner now. You never know when Nate Berkus will show up at your door with camera in hand. Does he really want to see your dirty, poop-stained, off- white T-shirt?
Be prepared with wardrobe staples that go from diaper changes to Starbucks to boardroom. (And back.)
The trick is choosing pieces that mix and match perfectly, no matter what your day brings.
Here are our top picks for five essential pieces you must have:
Yeah, we hate shopping for jeans, too. But when you find the one, it’s like floating on an ecstatic cloud! Go for a nice dark wash, tailored fit jean. You can dress them up or down. Easy! We love Gap’s Long + Lean Jean and Joe’s Jeans because they come in petite lengths for those of us who are vertically challenged.
We’re talking about a high quality, fitted T-shirt in your choice of color. Skip the Hanes, go for a higher end with a little more style and longevity. Our favorites are Caslon, C+C California and Three Dots.
Skirt or Dress Pants:
Choose a skirt or dress pants to pair with your tops. Maybe you like classic khakis or black slacks. Maybe you’re a skirt girl. Whichever you choose, make sure it has great fit and great fabrics for comfort. If you need alterations, take advantage of stores that offer them free, like J.Crew and Nordstrom.
Nothing says polished mom or serious business woman like a crisp button-down shirt. White is versatile. A pop of color adds a nice surprise. J.Crew has some great products from The Laundress that’ll help you keep your collars and cuffs clean. Not that they’d be stained. At all.
Blazer or Cardigan:
Choose a fitted blazer or stylish cardigan to add instant I-mean-business flair. Throw it on over your button-down shirt and khakis and you’re all set to talk biz. Or, pair it with your stylish T-shirt and jeans to run errands or play dates with the kids.
Now wear this: What clothes would up your fashion game? Tell us in the comments.