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: