Dear moms, we know you are the silent heroes in our lives. You’re the ones who make sure households across the world run smoothly. You’re the glue that holds everything together. You’re the true backbone of society. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t indulge in a little me-time focus on yourselves! If anything, it’s even more of a reason to take care of yourselves and make sure you are still looking good!
We understand you’re busy and juggling about 1000 different things at the same time, but we are here to help! We don’t know about you, but we feel 100 times better when we look good. So let us get you armed with the best fashion tips for you busy ladies. These tips will make your lives 10 times easier and get you out the door in record time!
The Capsule Wardrobe
The concept of the Capsule Wardrobe has gained popularity in the last few years with the rise of minimalism and sustainability concerns.
A Capsule Wardrobe is an amazing tool to help you get ready without spending hours picking between hundreds of different pieces. The concept stems from having an established number of pieces and making sure they all mix and match perfectly. This will, in turn, streamline your decision-making process enormously.
There are many different ways to go about building your capsule wardrobe, but you’ll always want to make sure you have the essential basic pieces that will allow you to build and layer onto them. For example, a well-fitting good quality t-shirt should be No. 1 on your list.
Closet organisation apps
If you aren’t too keen on downsizing your closet, maybe simply organizing it will help you out. Nowadays, there are plenty of apps that can help you organize your closet and even let you plan outfits to have ready for every occasion.
All you have to do is take photos of the pieces in your closet and you'll have a digital catalog of your closet. While this might seem like a lot of work, you can always take it day by day, snapping a photo every time you wear a piece, slowly compiling your online wardrobe. (This can also help you figure out which pieces you’re actually pulling out of your closet and wearing.) Or set aside a dedicated amount of time to organize everything onto your phone and clean out your closet all at once.
Although this might require a bit of effort on your part, in the long run, it can help you choose your outfits from wherever you are. With the visual aid of the photos, you’ll be able to make sure the outfit works and go to sleep knowing there is one fewer thing to do in the morning. Over time, as you collect outfit ideas, it’ll certainly be quicker to just go into the outfits folder and select one without having to stress over coming up with a new one.
Our staple recommendations
All good wardrobes are composed of classic staples which you can build on. Mom wardrobes are the same but with the added component of practicality, comfort and versatility. Here are our staple recommendations for each category in your closet.
There are at least three staple tops you should have in your closet.
The first one is a good quality t-shirt with an amazing fit and cut. A t-shirt is a fantastic base layer for multiple outfits and also works as a stand-alone piece. You can wear it with jeans, skirts, shorts or even dressier trousers and always look ready to take on whatever comes your way.
The second one is a shirt. A classic in anyone's closet, it’s important to remember that not all are made equal. For a more comfortable piece, pick a shirt that has a looser fit. The various fabric options (silk, cotton, linen) will lend a different feel to the outfit. Pick your favourite one and what feels most comfortable to you. Look out for the washing instructions and make sure they can be thrown in the machine so you’re not adding more tasks to your already busy to-do list.
The third one is an interesting blouse. Pick something that has a stand-out detail like a textured fabric, an embroidered motif or interesting sleeves to give you a different option from your classic shirt. This item is great when you want to look more polished with minimal effort. Let it be the focus piece in your outfit by pairing it with a simple pair of trousers and a good pair of comfortable shoes.
Now that we’ve mentioned our pieces that you can’t go without, of course, there are other must-haves in your closet.
We couldn’t go without mentioning a sweatshirt. This is another great piece to wear while running around and taking care of your errands. Pick one that’s a crew neck style and has more structure for less of a gym vibe and more of a mom-on-the-go look. A fun color or design will also make it more of a streetwear piece.
Knitwear is a great complement to any wardrobe. It’s a great way to add texture and interest to an outfit with the equally important function of keeping you warm.
One knitwear staple you should have is a loose, oversized knit sweater. This piece is great for throwing on with a pair of your favorite jeans and having a complete outfit in a matter of seconds. If you’re worried it might look too simple, there are plenty of different types of knits you can get. If you are looking for something with a little more visual interest, go for a cable knit. These have an interesting braided look that will automatically give your outfit an added element of interest.
Another staple you should have in your closet is a good fitted sweater. An amazing classic piece, it lets you keep warm and run around without the extra fabric. It looks great tucked into just about anything and paired with any shoe from a sneaker to a high heel. It’s a truly versatile piece that will get you out the door quickly.
Another piece no closet can do without is a knit cardigan. There are so many different types you can choose from. Either a longer, duster-type cardigan, an open cardigan, or a cable-knit cardigan. You can opt for either an oversized fit or a more slim-fitting shape. Whatever your preference, knit cardigans are a great addition to any wardrobe. Pair it over a simple t-shirt and jeans combo and you’ve already made a good outfit better.
For your bottom half, there are a few staples to talk about. From skirts to joggers, we’ve got you covered on what pieces you should have to make your life easier.
The first and most obvious staple is a pair of jeans. These days there are so many different fits that it’s easy to get lost. An easy trick to always look good is to pick jeans that are both in fashion but also look good on your body type. A straight leg or slightly flared option is a universally good choice. Go for something with a higher rise so you’re more comfortable when playing with the kids!
The second staple has to be a pair of wider leg trousers. These will dress up any outfit instantly! Say school drop off at 9 and a meeting at 10. Even if that’s not the case, there is no problem in wanting to feel a bit more dressed up now and then. You can always tone it down with a t-shirt and some sneakers.
A skirt is a must in any wardrobe. For running around with the kids we’d recommend a midi skirt in a lightweight fabric, like a machine washable silky type or linen, with an elasticated waist. Another good option is knit midi skirts. Their stretchy fabric makes them super easy to move around in.
A pair of shorts is something a lot of women forgo once they have kids. That doesn’t need to be the case! If you’re not keen on short shorts, go for a longer pair of shorts. Look for pairs with a more tailored style, in cotton and linen fabrics for a more classic feel. You can also look for longer and looser, true mom-style jean shorts. These paired with a good graphic tee, a cool jacket and a pair of sneakers will have you looking like the coolest mom.
Lastly, the quintessential mom piece: a pair of joggers! This piece is a great comfortable item that feels like a step up from your normal workout leggings. Look for a pair with a great fit and made from good quality materials that will survive the test of time and the multiple washing cycles they’ll go through. Pick a neutral color for a more versatile piece or go for a fun color to make a statement.
Dresses and Jumpsuits
Dresses and jumpsuits are the best staples to have in your wardrobe. A minimal effort outfit done with one piece is what anyone dreams of.
For dresses, look for comfortable t-shirt dresses, either knee-length or a midi length depending on your preference. These can be styled in so many ways that they might just become the most-worn pieces in your wardrobe.
Another must-have mom piece is the knit dress. Much like knit skirts, their stretchy nature makes them extremely comfortable to run around town or just run after the kids.
Long, flowy dresses in light, fluid fabrics are also great additions to any mom’s’ wardrobe. Look for a style that suits you most and you feel most comfortable in. From shirt-style pieces to more minimalist, oversized styles, there are so many options that you are bound to find one that fits your preference.
Outerwear is another fantastic way to add interest to your looks in an easy way. And once the colder months settle, they become the showpiece of your outfit.
Blazers are great to have in your wardrobe. They automatically pull together an ensemble and make it look more professional with its workwear origins. For a more relaxed look, go for a looser double-breasted style and wear it unbuttoned. It’ll be easier to move around in and won’t feel so constricting as a classic tailored version. If you’re looking to add a little bit of edge to your mom style, look at a leather version. This will add textural and visual interest to your outfit without compromising your comfort.
Talking about leather, you can’t go wrong with a leather jacket. A classic in any mom’s wardrobe, there are many styles to pick from. For an edgier touch to your outfits, go for a classic leather moto jacket that pairs great with pretty much any outfit.
A good winter coat is also a must-have. Depending on where you live and the climate you have during the colder months, you’ll need different types of coats.
When it comes to shoes, comfort is most likely your number one priority. That being said, you’re sentenced to a life of sneakers. There are plenty of great shoe options that should be staples in your wardrobe to shake up your outfits while keeping your feet pain free.
Of course, sneakers are the No. 1 staple. Possibly the most comfortable shoe on Planet Earth, and who knows if not the entire universe? They’re easy to slip on and off, even when laced up, which makes them everyone’s favorite. Look for a good classic white leather pair. This way you're sure to have a sneaker that matches anything you put on, and the comfort will be unmatched. They’re great for any busy mom on the run.
Ankle boots are an amazing shoe to have in your closet. Besides looking good with just about everything you have, there are multiple styles to choose from and heel heights as well. If you’re looking for a little extra lift, pick a pair with a small heel that will make you stand up taller without sacrificing your comfort.
If you want to go for a heel but your normal stilettos would destroy your feet in 0.2 seconds, go for a lower, thicker heel or kitten heels. A thicker heeled shoe will still give you the lift you're looking for but with more comfort and support. Kitten heels are great to give you a little extra height while offering superb comfort.
Loafers are a great way to smarten up a look. The perfect mix of feminine and masculine, this flat shoe has become an essential and fashionable item in the modern woman’s wardrobe, so it is the perfect addition to your mom style! Style with a shorter pair of trousers, a t-shirt and a long-line cardigan and you will be ready for anything.
Last but not least, a great way to spice up any outfit is with accessories. You don’t need to go accessory crazy and change it up every day if it seems like more trouble than it’s worth. Sometimes having a couple of tried-and-true accessories is easier.
For jewelry, pick up a good pair of distinguished earrings and wear them every day if that is easier than changing them out all the time. The same goes for bracelets, rings and necklaces. Choose your favourites and stick to them.
Other great accessories to add to your closet are some colorful silky scarves, removable collars and wool scarves, hats, and gloves for the winter. Style your silk scarves in a French style, tied around your neck, or in your hair as a hairband or a hair scarf. Removable collars with interesting details can add a pop to a simple sweatshirt or sweater, elevating the look without the added bulk of a whole shirt. For the winter months add some color and texture with your scarves, hats and gloves. For a fun contrast, look at some different colors you can add to your wardrobe.
The most important thing to keep in mind when looking for great pieces to add to your wardrobe and update your mom style is practicality and ease of wear.
Look for pieces that are easy to throw in the machine and can get dirty, an inevitable reality when taking care of kids.
Building a wardrobe with quality basics and staples is a great way to guarantee you always have what you need.