I’ve had a few people ask me to write a post about wardrobe staples that should be in every mom’s closet. I suppose this varies depending on your lifestyle and career choice, but I’ll assume that we’re talking about a non-professional wardrobe here.
I’ve spent the last few years trying to build a basic wardrobe so that I don’t freak out every time I have a new event or conference to attend. I spend most of my days at home or running errands, but I also attend enough blogging events and things that I need to have a complete wardrobe so that I’m not frantically shopping when I get a last minute invitation.
The trick, I think, is to find a few key pieces that you love. Then you can work out from there. Here is my list of 10 pieces every mom needs in her closet.
10 Essential Wardrobe Pieces for Moms
1. A Pair of Great Fitting Jeans
I’m going to be really predictable here and start with a pair of good fitting jeans (or three). I wrote a post recently on How To Find the Perfect Jeans if this is something that challenges you. If you can only have one pair, go for a dark wash in a straight leg style. That is the most versatile and the most universally flattering. Although I’d say you should definitely have a pair of skinny jeans in your wardrobe too.
2. Drapey Sweater
The drapey sweater trend is comfortable, flattering, easy to wear and very much on trend right now. It’s an easy way to update a tired wardrobe.
3. Sweater Hoodie
This is an updated version of the typical button-down cardi. You know me and my hoodies! I love them, and the sweater version makes them socially acceptable! It’s a sporty look you can throw on over a tank top with jeans and ballet flats and you are comfy and put-together to chase your kids around the playground.
4. Layering Tees and Tanks
With the cardigan trend, it is essential to have a few basic tees and tanks. You can also wear them under a pullover sweater that is a bit too short to add interest and also to help balance out your proportions. I personally LOVE Banana Republic’s Timeless Tank. I have it in a half dozen colors (and at least three black ones. True story!) I’m still looking for the perfect long-sleeved T.
5. Ballet Flats
Ballet flats are back and they’re back with a vengeance! I was passing through Nordstrom the other day and as I walked by their shoe department, all I saw where varieties of flats in every color the rainbow. Don’t be afraid of colors. Your shoes are a great place to incorporate a fun pop of color. Flats go great with skinny jeans, skirts, dresses and even shorts. They are feminine and comfortable and make you look put together without being fussy.
6. Knee-High Boots
Ankle boots are trendy, but knee-high boots are a must have in every wardrobe unless you live too far south to get your money’s worth out of them.
If you can only have one pair, make sure to get a color that will go with almost everything in your wardrobe. A good rule of thumb is to match your hair color. Mine is dark, so my go-to boots are black. If you’re a blond, then perhaps you will find that a caramel color is more versatile for you.
And then make sure that they are the right marriage of dressy and casual to go with most of your outfits. I absolutely love my Dansko Brinkley boots. They go with everything from jeans to dresses.
7. Versatile Dress
Every woman needs at least one go-to dress that she feels good in for date nights, events, church or whatever curveball life might throw your way. I don’t wear a lot of dresses, but I do have two or three that I can rely on when I have the occasion to dress up. Here is my current fave. The 3/4 sleeves and jersey knit make it appropriate for any time of year. It is easy to wear and packs easily when I’m traveling.
8. Black Leggings
Leggings are another versatile piece. Wear them with tunics or long sweaters or oversized blouses. You can wear them under skirts or dresses, and they look great with a poncho (another wearable trend right now.) Dress them up or down.
Just please remember. LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS. Cover your tushies, ladies.
9. A Great Bag
No, really. Ditch the faded mom bag. (You know the one I mean . . . her initials are V.B.) Totes and cross-body bags are in vogue this season. Make sure it is big enough to hold your essentials and that you can carry it comfortably on your shoulder or across your body. And maybe go for a fun color. Green and blue go with almost anything. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a neutral either. I love this Heritage Tote from Francesca’s.
10. Fun Accessories
This is where you can have fun and experiment. You don’t have to spend a lot either. Places like Target and T.J. Maxx have lots of affordable options for costume jewelry and scarves. Try some fun, colorful bracelets or a wide bangle to add interest to your outfits. And of course scarves are all the rage. Try a ruffle scarf or an infinity scarf for something different.
What would you add to this list?