I'm a Fashion Editor and Mom of 2—The Chic and Easy Outfit I Rely on Daily
I often get asked if my style has changed since becoming a mom. My immediate reaction is of course not! I still love fashion. I love expressing myself through clothes. I love trying trends. I am undeniably energized by a seriously good outfit. I say this while dressed in black leggings and a basic white tee, which I may or may not have been wearing most of the week. The answer is a little more complex.
Motherhood hasn't changed my style per se, but it has impacted it. My priorities are different now. Practicality trumps sky high-platforms (or any other trend that doesn't fit into my lifestyle). And I no longer have the luxury of time to dream up what I'm going to be wearing on any given day in the same way I used to.
What I do rely on as a mother of two (who often goes from press previews to school pickups in one fell swoop) is an outfit template that consists of a few quality yet trend-forward basics that have an effortless silhouette, are easy to move in, but are still chic. Nowadays, this looks like some form of a cool, oversize button-down (preferably striped) paired with loose, tailored trousers and my easy-to-run-in Birks. (I have a fast-as-lightning 3-year-old son, after all.) With the juggle of motherhood and so much going on, this easy outfit offers me the sartorial calm I need at this particular moment in time, and it always works.
Take a look below at variations of the outfit I've been wearing on repeat, and shop my favorite button-down and pant picks. Oh and don't forget accessories. (They're a dream for amping up a simple look with little effort required.)
These are my go-to relaxed black pants from H&M that look polished yet are ridiculously comfortable. The best part is they don't cost a fortune, so if I happen to get spit-up on them, I'm not overly precious about it. An oversize blue-and-white striped shirt is a classic that I encourage everyone to invest in. This one has an oversize silhouette, which is not only on-trend but also preferred right now given my body has changed after having a second child.
I've been living in this button-down from Reformation lately. It's super versatile, and the beige hue feels different from anything else in my closet. I'll often add a tank underneath and wear it open, styled with trending low-rise, loose trousers and finished with chunky sandals.
When I'm looking for a polished look for meetings and press previews, I'll reach for this statement stripe button-down from Pixie Market. The preppy green hue feels of the moment. I'll style it with relaxed crisp pants (in white if I'm living dangerously) and comfortable sandals.
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A classic white button-down is another chic and comfortable go-to.
Yep, I'm living on the edge, but I'll never let go of my crisp white pants.
H&M is great for oversize button-downs that don't cost a fortune.
I own these in beige, and they drape so beautifully. They're my favorite pair of pants right now.
One of my most comfortable everyday bras.
This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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