Wardrobe Staples That Go from Diaper Changes to Starbucks to Boardroom

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:

Dressy Jeans:

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.

T shirt:

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.

Button-Down Shirt:

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.


Heather Allard

Heather Allard is a mom of three kids + one big rescue dog. She's a wellness buff, an essential oil educator with dōTERRA, and a self-professed “entrepreneur to the core”.

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  1. Herta Klemp

    My hands down favorite white shirt company is a small company out of San Francisco called New Factory, Friend. They make beautifully made shirts and wraps right down the street from their studio.

    • Elizabeth

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  2. Elizabeth Thurer

    Need a classic white shirt? Elizabeth Daniel NY offers the mogul mom and the stay-at-home mom the most comfortable and stylish wardrobe basic available in the marketplace.
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  4. Kim Dow

    I keep one pair of shoes in great shape that look great with business shoes….something that’s a step up from everyday mom-biz owner.

  5. Rachel Blaufeld

    a nice scarf and some classy yet fun bracelets always make an outfit! I love the bangles from Stella and Dot and J Crew also has fabulous scarves. These are both awesome ways to dress up a T’shirt and slacks.

    • kate

      Check out our dressy scarves at lebeaucou.com – they really dress up an outfit for on the go, busy women!

      Tip – keep a plastic bag sandwich in your purse – put your scarf in the baggie while driving or if you want to keep it out of your babies reach and take it out again when you walk into a meeting!
      – Kate Ruddle

  6. Jerah

    As a Mogul Mom, I am all about convertible clothing, I can switch up real quick from a top to a dress. I actually create fashion along with my mogul mom that takes you from Boardroom to Beach. We design convertible clothing that you can wear endless ways. Right now we have our #1 design featured on our website you can wear 20 ways, called B. Check us out http://www.ecovogue365.com


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