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5 Pieces Every Mom Needs in Her Closet

by krismkoch

I often get asked for my mom wardrobe essentials – the tried and true items that I can wear to chase around our son and dog and still feel presentable for a play date, playground run-in, or lunch meeting. Even though I love shopping, I work in fashion and live for pretty dresses, you might be surprised to know that I actually don’t have that many clothes in my closet. I try to invest in quality basics that I can wear over and over again, especially now that I’m a mom. Frankly, I just don’t have time to think about what I’m going to wear and I need pieces that are versatile, comfy and yet look put-together. These are the wardrobe staples that as a mom I rely on and wear almost every day.


High-waisted Jeans 

I love a high waist to cover my wobbly bits (aka mom pooch) and a little bit of stretch makes them easy for chasing around my toddler. I like a medium wash – makes them easy to dress up or down.

Madewell High-Waisted Jeans

Also love: Levi’s High Rise Skinny Jeans 


Neutral Sweater

A great neutral sweater is easy to throw on with everything from jeans to a skirt. I also love wearing sweaters over dresses to winterize them. I was wary of buying nice sweaters when James was a newborn and constantly spitting up, but I’ve found that I feel so much more put together and presentable when I’m wearing a nice soft sweater than an old sweatshirt or cheap itchy sweater that pills after two wears. Plus, there’s so much affordable cashmere now that I don’t stress if it gets a little dirty. I prefer to go for longer cuts or an oversized fit — they covered my bump when I was pregnant, hid my post-baby bump, and I don’t have to worry about them riding up when chasing after James. Plus, they offer a little more coverage on cold days at the playground.

Everlane Cashmere Crewneckh

Also love: J.Crew Super Soft Oversized Crewneck


Stylish Flats

Tbh I wear sneakers a lot on weekends, but I recently invested in some really cute loafers and I feel so much more put together when I wear them and I can run around in them all day without my feet hurting. They’re also great for days I can’t bring myself to throw on heels for work or date night. 

Veronica Beard Leopard Print Flats

Also love: Sam Edelman Loafers


Boyfriend Blazer 

This is really a staple for any wardrobe but as a mom, I find I rely on my blazer more than ever. I am often running from drop off or music class to a meeting or lunch. I toss on a blazer over a tee or button up to dress up jeans for work or for date night. I also love layering blazers over dresses and skirts for the office.

Madewell Blazer

Also love: Veronica Beard Grey Boyfriend Blazer


Striped Shirt 

I know it’s basic but there’s nothing I love more than a striped shirt. I love pairing it with a jacket and black skinnies for work or jeans and sneakers for the weekend.

J.Crew Striped Tee

Also love: La Ligne Striped Tee

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