An old friend messaged me and said that she was lacking in style motivation lately. She's a naturally creative person, but birthing then staying at home with two little ones had changed her body and her ability to keep up with any sort of trends.
She recently went back to work after several years, in a job that allows her to stay at home with her kids most of the time. She needed a reboot, and I wished I could take her shopping.
Alas, since we live thousands of miles away from one another, I've put together a few things for the creative, frazzled, beautiful, work-at-home mom. This one's for you, Mary.
Now, I'm going to go ahead and assume that Mary's closet holds the basics: a good pair of nice jeans, a good pair of casual jeans (my boyfriend jeans are in heavy rotation lately), a good pair of flat boots, a nice pair of black heels (not too high), at least one pair of ballet flats, and a decent dress or two. So let's go from there.
I'm also a work-at-home mom, and while I can't claim I put on a cute outfit every single day, I try to throw something together at least three times a week. At this stage in my life, each outfit needs to:
1. Be comfortable enough for sitting in front of the computer for long stretches, and not so precious or tight that I can't chase a toddler down the hall.
2. Feel cute enough for errands and preschool pickup.
3. Have one statement piece and one shiny piece. They can be the same thing, but they don't have to be.
Here's what I came up with:
I styled this one around the plain shift dress. I am a champion of the shift dress. It's my favorite piece of clothing. I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to the shift dress. It's been in style for 60 years, it's not restrictive in the middle, which makes for comfort and forgives a mama middle section, and it can be dressed up or down so easily.
You can pair a shift dress with tights and boots, all heights of heels, or, like I did here, a casual statement shoe.
If you've been reading HH for any length of time, you know darn well that I live in patterned denim. I love my Sold skinny camos and my Target leopard jeans especially.
A New York City friend introduced me to Uniqlo, and I'm now a fan. 100% cashmere sweaters for $80? Yes and yes. I bought a plain silk shift dress there for $30. I can't get enough of the place. If you're in the SoCal area, they're opening a Uniqlo in the South Coast Plaza.
Slim tuxedo pants (similar here) // Mint-colored silk top (a nice option here) // pointed toe black heel // Michael Kors rose gold watch // metallic bag from Cambridge Satchel Company // Maya Brenner state necklace
So this outfit is a little less casual, something that works better for a day when you have meetings outside the house. The comfort is still there, but I try to stay away from wearing silk when I'm at home with the kids.
This is true comfort, and can be worn in any season. A shift dress with boots and a statement necklace is part of my signature style, it seems.
These are just meant to be inspiration, of course. Putting together outfits is more fun if you're working around at least one eclectic piece. Happy shopping!
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