For most moms, women’s fashion is not a phrase in our vocabulary. We are lucky if get our teeth and hair brushed most mornings and praising Jesus if we can get in a shower. Not taking care of ourselves, even in the most basic ways, can lead us into a bit of a mom funk. Are you there?
You can easily step out of your yoga pants – and your mom funk – by keeping these basics in your closet so that you step out comfortable, put together, and confident. These 10 women’s fashion essentials are easy to throw together, whether you have showered or not.
#1 A Blazer. A blazer is not just for the office anymore. This is a women’s fashion must have, because it works to magically pull together an entire outfit, making it the perfect addition to your wardrobe. It looks amazing with jeans, tennis shoes and a simple white t-shirt. When choosing this women’s fashion essential, note that the size and shape of a blazer should be fitting to each particular body type. Blazers are not one size fits all! It’s worth shopping around a little bit to find the perfect fitted blazer, than just settling for a frumpy blazer. Personally, I love the new trend of lightweight knit blazers, like this one. It seems nuts, but a blazer will easily transform your look and your attitude.
#2 Skinny Jeans. Replace your yoga pants with a pair of skinny jeans. Jeans are amazingly versatile, easily going from a trip to the grocery store by pairing with a simple t-shirt and tennis shoes to a night out with a blouse and black heels. Dark wash skinny jeans exude, I work hard, but play hard too.
#3 Nude pumps. Sophisticated and sultry, nude pumps are a women’s fashion must have in every wardrobe. Although flats have recently made a comeback, slipping on a pair of nude heels will immediately transform your look and your confidence. They are the perfect accessories to almost every outfit (except those yoga pants). Nude pumps basically trick your eye – and everyone else’s – by giving the appearance of elongating your legs. They add some pop to an outfit, without drawing any attention to the actual shoes. Slip on your nude pumps with a pair of jeans or a cocktail dress for your best friends birthday party. My personal tip – snag a comfortable, flexible footbed to making chasing your babies easier, like these from Cole Haan.
#4 Black Leggings. Black leggings are sophisticated yoga pants that dress up your look. Translated: this women’s fashion essential is perfect for those with the mindset that comfort and style go hand-in-hand. Just like the other recommendations here, leggings are a simple piece that can be both dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion or your mood. It is important to invest in a pair of good quality leggings, as cheap ones will fray, pill, or possibly rip due to poor quality. You can rock these leggings with either a sweatshirt plus a pair of your favorite sneaks or with an oversized sweater plus pair of tall pumps or boots. These are Vince Camuto, reasonably priced at Nordstrom.
#5 White Fitted T-Shirt. – You cannot get more classic than the white t-shirt. This might possibly be the most versatile article of clothing that you can purchase. A good stockpile of these is essential as they easily get a little dirty. The fitted white t-shirt is a classic that can go with everything. You can dress up this women’s fashion must-have with a statement necklace and a pair of patterned colored pants, or wear it casual with your black leggings and a sweater.
#6 Oversized Sweater. An oversized sweater is a go-to article of clothing for lounging around the house, running errands, or even going out with friends. It brings both comfort and a feeling of luxury, all while keeping you warm. This women’s fashion essential is also the perfect article of clothing for layering, which happens to be forever-in style and super functional. You might have to resist wearing your favorite oversized sweater every single day.
#7 A Striped Shirt. Whoever decided that horizontal stripes are not okay to wear, missed how versatile this little piece of women’s fashion is to every women’s wardrobe. A striped shirt can be the perfect addition to a pencil skirt, the perfect match for a pair of ripped jeans, or even added over a pair of printed pants. The cool thing about a basic stripped shirt is how many prints and patterns you can pair it with. If you’re feeling adventurous, try it out with a floral print, or even other stripped pieces.
#8 The Little Black Dress. Obviously. You’ve heard other’s say, but maybe you didn’t believe it? Every woman needs one little black dress. Snag one that reflects your personality and is comfortable, but always keep it simple. This women’s fashion must-have is simple, yet chic and can be easily dressed up or down with a change of shoes and jewelry. It’s the one dress that transcends time and changing styles. Slip on your little black dress with a pair of sneakers and head to the grocery store! It will be one of the greatest feelings during your stressful week. Try this fun one from Nordstrom.
#9 Denim Jacket. It will bring out the teenager in all of us, while adding a fun element to any outfit. This piece of clothing is one that you can wear with just about everything, so it is worth investing in one that you love. Whether you prefer light wash, or dark wash, any type of wash will look good paired with any of your favorite outfits.
#10 Sneakers. Sneakers aren’t just for your workout outfit. Sneakers are so essential to women’s fashion because they are versatile enough to be paired with pretty much anything, from jeans to casual pants and dresses. They are statement piece when added to a simple outfit of leggings and an oversized sweater. Recently, I purchased a new pair or white Adidas kicks and sported them with a pair of spanx faux leather leggings and an oversized sweater, sparking a “Mom, that is a fashion yes,” from my eight year old. Here’s what I was sporting and a little extra inspiration!
Are you ready to venture out of that mom funk and into feeling confident and awesome again? If you need a little more help, you can read about How I Ditched My Mom Yoga Pants, right here.
P.S. If you’re looking for more inspiration to put together comfortable, stylish mom outfits, follow my Mom Style board on Pinterest! Just click here! These are a few of my favorites!