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Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closet

Avoid frump and embrace fab with these wardrobe basics...without breaking the bank.

By Roslyn Costanzo
Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closet

Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closet

Wardrobe staples

Becoming a mom can sabotage your style. Not only are you busy, with little time to actually think about what to wear, but trips to the park and play dates (where function beats out form) likely dominate your social calendar. Get your style mojo back with these 10 wardrobe staples that every mom should have in her closet.

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02A great pair of jeans

Hands down the most important item in your closet, a pair of jeans that fits you like a glove has transformative powers. Not only will you look great, but you’ll feel great, too. And confidence is the key to pulling off any look.

Buy a pair in a dark wash and in the cut of your choice. But the general rule of thumb is that the slight flare of a boot cut is the most figure flattering.
Where to Buy? Old Navy, Sweetheart Boot cut jeans, $40

Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closetPhoto: Old Navy

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03A little black dress

A simple shift dress is a must-have for busy moms because it can take you anywhere you need to go. Pair with a cardigan and flats for the office then simply lose the cardie, add a bold necklace and swap out the flats for a pair of fun heels to get date-night glam in under five minutes.
Where to Buy? Smart Set, shift dress, $50

Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closetPhoto: Smart Set

04A cardigan

No matter if you prefer a big chunky knit or a more tailored style, a cardigan can be a mom’s best friend. Throw it over leggings and a tunic for a pulled together, casual look. Dressing in layers is essential for moms who spend a lot of time outdoors with their little one, especially in the fall when the weather can go from warm to cool in an instant.
Where to Buy? Winners, sweater coat, $60; Joe Fresh, striped cardigan, $29

Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closet

05Unstructured blazer

A blazer can elevate jeans and a tee to office attire or give your everyday look some polish. Casual blazers (blazers that aren’t part of a suit) should always be worn open. An added bonus for moms dealing with post-baby weight is that the strong vertical lines created by an open jacket draw the eye up, visually lengthening and slimming the body. While there are myriad colours, patterns and fabrics to choose from, a classic menswear-inspired tweed will never go out of style.
Where to Buy? Smart Set, tweed blazer, $65

Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closetPhoto: Smart Set

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06A trench

Trench coats are classic. A wear-with-everything topper, pair your trench with a dress (just make sure the hem of your dress isn’t longer than that of your coat), leggings, or jeans. A classic trench looks great worn open or buttoned and belted (which emphasizes the waist), and aside from providing warmth, they always look chic.
Where to Buy? Gap, classic trench coat, $128

Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closetPhoto: The Gap

07Black leggings

The stretchy, workout-style tight isn’t what I’m referring to here. There’s a new legging in town, and it’s a sort of pant-tight hybrid. They’re made from ponte, which is a double knit, extra-thick, stretchy material, but with structure. Perfect for moms who want to upgrade their around-the-house look, they’re not only figure-friendly but they’re warm, too. Tuck them into a pair of riding boots for a smart casual look.
Where to Buy? Jacob, ponte legging, $49

Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closetPhoto: Jacob

08Basic layering tees

Every mom should have an arsenal of tees and tanks to layer under the aforementioned blazers and cardigans. This is where you can really add personality to your look, so buy a variety of cuts, patterns and colours. Cheap and chic is the way to go so that you can change them up according to the trends each season.
Where to Buy? 1. Joe Fresh, stripe boatneck, $19, and 2. shell tank, $16; 3. Old Navy, scoop neck tee, $12.50

Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closet

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09Chic flat footwear

Have you ever tried going to the park in heels? I have and it’s not pretty. Needless to say, every mom needs at least one pair of cute flats and with the variety of styles, colours and even patterns to choose from right now, an entire wardrobe of flats might be in order.

If you’re buying just one pair, opt for a classic leopard print to set off your neutrals. When the colder temps set in, pair flats with matte tights or switch to a riding boot. A boot in brown or black leather goes with everything from jeans to skirts, and they're comfortable—to boot!
Where to Buy? 1. Winners, leather and suede riding boot, $150; 2. Joe Fresh, leopard print ballet flat, $29

Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closet

10A bold bag

Moms schlep a lot of stuff around. Forego the style pitfalls of a diaper bag proper and invest in an oversize tote or satchel that you love.

Bold colours and interesting details add a hit of style to your look and when you’re done carrying around wipes and diaper cream, the bag can be used for years to come!
Where to Buy? 1. Gap, suede satchel, $70; 2. Aldo, tote, $45

Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closet

11A statement necklace

A favourite trick of mine is to wear a simple white t-shirt with an in-your-face necklace layered over top. It instantly takes the look from drab to fab and it is such an easy way to keep your look current.

Emphasis has been placed on bold neckwear for a while now so there are a ton of options out there in a range of price points.
Where to Buy? 1. Winners, $29.99 ; 2. H&M, $39.95; 3. Smart Set, $16

Style: 10 staples every mom needs in her closet

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This article was originally published on Oct 10, 2012

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