We’ve compiled some desk-to-dinner looks specifically with working moms in mind. Outfits you can easily put together between helping the kids with their homework/making the grocery list/getting ready for a PTA meeting....
Read on for seven pieces that are key to making your 9-5 wardrobe work double duty.
Over the last couple of years, chambray has made a huge comeback and chances are, you already own a variation of the lightweight denim shirt.
While denim used to be an office “don’t”, a chambray shirt becomes work-appropriate worn under a structured cardigan. Tuck it into a pair of cropped dress pants and button it up to the top to create the perfect backdrop for a statement necklace. Finish your look with a pair of trendy pumps.
Chambray shirt, Old Navy, $28; Cardigan, Gap, $65; Pants, Winners, $20; Necklace, H&M, $15; Belt, Smart Set, $14; Pumps, Joe Fresh, $89
Get grocery-store ready by removing the cardie and trading your pants for comfortable, coloured jeans with some stretch. Undo the top button of your shirt, swap your necklace for a scarf, your pumps for a pair of metallic moccasins, and you’ve got a look that’s suitably casual but still chic.
Jeans, Smart Set, $55; Scarf, Joe Fresh, $8; Moccasins, Globo Shoes, $30
A pencil skirt in a stretchy fabric is a closet chameleon. Dress it up for the office with a structured topper like this tie-front vest from H&M, worn over a simple long sleeve tee.
A pair of suede pumps with a slight platform completes the look.
Jersey pencil skirt, Old Navy, $23; and T-shirt, $13; vest, H&M, $80; Suede pumps, Banana Republic, $128
Light enough to wear under a blazer, a thin knit is an essential piece for day-to-night dressing done mom-style.
For a fun office look, wear this aqua cable knit sweater under a navy blazer with a patterned pant in a contrasting hue. Finish the look with a pair of whimsical blue velvet, tasseled loafers.
Cable knit sweater, Joe Fresh, $24; Blazer, Smart Set, $75; Polka dot pants, Old Navy, $40; Tassel loafers, Gap, $55
A working mom’s best friend, this ingenious convertible cardigan from Jacob can be worn four different ways to suit your needs — and your mood! For a feminine work look, wear it as a traditional cardigan buttoned over a printed blouse and atop a sleek pencil skirt.
Convertible cardigan, Jacob, $69; Blouse, Joe Fresh, $29; Pencil skirt, H&M, $70; Pumps, Call It Spring, $45
A formal dress code means suits — and a lot of them. Try breaking up boring neutrals with small pops of colour.
Pair this suit with a striped silk shirt and an unexpected pink belt. If permissible, add some personality with a pair of python-print pumps.
Jacket, Jacob, $169; and pants, $100; Silk blouse, Joe Fresh, $49; Belt, Smart Set, $14; Python pumps, H&M, $149
No doubt you’ve mastered the art of dressing a blazer down with jeans and a tee, but why not mix things up by pairing your blazer with an oversize graphic t-shirt, light-wash jeans and colourful flats for a fun and carefree look.
The bonus? The tee, jeans, and shoes are great transitional pieces heading into spring.
Pineapple t-shirt, H&M, $30; Jeans, Old Navy, $45; and suede ballet flats, $23
Cast the blazer aside and get cozy! The slouchy dress is perfect for snuggling up and reading bedtime stories. It won’t matter that you’re not the one in your pajamas.
For late-evening errands, slip on a jean jacket and a leopard print boot, and you’re out the door!
Jean jacket, Old Navy, $35; Cheetah-print boots, Winners, $60
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