You’ve got ballet lessons to drive to, dinner to make, Legos to not step on…and some kind of unexplained goo to clean off your shoulder. Being a mom comes with its own sets of challenges without having to think about what to wear during them all. So we wrangled a few pointers to help to stay as chic as you were pre-kiddos.
GO FOR COMFIER VERSIONS OF DRESS CLOTHES
Regardless of your children’s ages, you know you need room to move around. So instead of peg-leg cigarette pants, opt for breezy culottes. And instead of a constricting button-down, try a pleated peasant blouse. You’ll look on trend, while still being able to lug around a tiny human.
Your brain has better things to worry about than which top goes with which pants. (Not to mention time…) Save yourself the trouble most days by sticking to fuss-free outfits that consist of only one piece–like a swing dress or jumpsuit.
BUY IN NEUTRALS
While you’re on the simplistic track, make sure you’re buying pieces in solid, wearable colors. Beige, white, brown, navy and black are much easier to accessorize (and re-wear in multiple ways) than a bold print.
KNOW THE POWER OF AN ACCESSORY
Sure, those gladiator flats completely turned up that off-the-shoulder dress. But don’t feel like the only time you can bust out a statement accessory is with a dressy outfit. In fact, a well-placed extra on a casual look is just as important. See how chic this straw hat is with joggers and a tee?
DO ATHLEISURE THE RIGHT WAY
Sweats, leggings, sneakers–they’re all the things you want to wear and they’re all the things currently trending. Score! But there’s a fine line between casual and sloppy. Make sure your sporty pieces fit you well and are properly taken care of. (Especially those white kicks.)
STEER CLEAR OF DRY-CLEAN ONLY CLOTHING
Speaking of keeping things clean. It’s a no-brainer but it bears repeating: Machine-wash fabrics are your best friend. And now more than ever you can find upgraded versions of basic pieces in cotton, linen and rayon. (Anything with fringe embellishments will make you feel like a million bucks–even if it gets covered in poop.)