Putting together a presentable yet stylish outfit for work can be a chore at times, and it is even more so when you are a working mother. The demands of motherhood are already seemingly never-ending, from taking care of your children’s needs to dealing with household tasks, all the while trying to squeeze in what little bit of time you have for your spouse as well as yourself. When you are a working mother, however, these demands are piled on by the workload of your job, and finding a way to juggle the two can be a precarious balancing act that what you wear to work can seem like the most unimportant of tasks.
Work Your Way in Style
Creating fashionable outfits for work is sometimes near impossible for busy mothers as they lack the luxury of time. It is hard to flick through the clothes in your wardrobe, trying to mix and match different pieces together when your kids are vying for your attention.
Working in style is not impossible, however. The trick is knowing your own style and building a wardrobe filled with versatile, staple pieces that are long-lasting and that you feel comfortable in. These pieces will allow you to put together an outfit that not only exudes style but also will get you out the door as quickly as possible. Here are some ideas on what you can include in your workwear collection:
A Well-Fitted Blazer
A blazer that fits you to a tee is definitely a must in every working mother’s wardrobe, especially for those whose work requires you to be in business wear often. Depending on the design of the blazer, it can instantly help you achieve a professional appearance or allow you to smarten up a casual outfit. A standard black tailored blazer is one of the most versatile pieces you can have in your workwear wardrobe. Wear it as part of a two-piece suit and you will feel like the boss woman you are, or layer it over a dress and it will give an edge to your feminine style. You can also cinch the blazer around your waist to give yourself an hourglass figure. To dress up a casual t-shirt and jeans outfit, just throw on a blazer and you are good to go. A printed blazer is a good workwear staple too — you can use it to easily brighten up a muted outfit for days when you are feeling a bit fancy.
A buttoned-up shirt is another versatile piece every working mother should include in their wardrobe. A buttoned-up shirt that fits your figure nicely can easily be dressed up or down, depending on what you pair it with. Tucked into a pair of slim-legged pants or a pencil skirt will provide you with an outfit that is effortlessly chic and portrays confidence. For days when you want to wear something more comfortable but still give you a more structured look, you can simply complement the buttoned-up shirt with a pair of dark-wash blue or black denim jeans. Tuck it in for a smarter look or wear the shirt tucked out for a more casual vibe.
Slim Fit Dark-Wash Jeans
Speaking of jeans, a pair of dark-wash denim jeans in a slim fit cutting will help you balance between professional and casual easily. Plus, denim will allow you to play around with mixing and matching fabrics of different textures. For instance, wear a chiffon top with sheer sleeves to create a contrast between the soft chiffon fabric and the rougher denim texture. Or pair the jeans with tops with more feminine details such as ruffles or embroidered patterns to soften the entire look. Dark-wash denim jeans, especially black ones, will also disguise any food stains you might have gotten from your little ones, making them extremely useful in case you just do not have the time to clean up.
Sometimes, comfort takes priority over style for busy working mothers. But who said you cannot have both? For a clothing piece that combines the best of both worlds, include a pair of wide-legged pants in your workwear wardrobe. The loose fit of these pants will give your legs room to breathe if you dislike the figure-hugging fit of slim-legged pants. Plus, they can give you the appearance of legs for days, especially if you go for pants with a vertically-striped pattern.
A Comfortable Pair of Shoes
The footwear you put on plays an equally important role in helping you achieve a stylish look even without putting in too much of an effort. For days when your schedule is filled with meetings and you need to put on a more professional appearance, a pair of pointed toe heels will provide you with an elegant look, whether you wear them with a dress or a shirt-and-pants combination. However, if you need to be more comfortable, especially if you will be busy running household errands after work, a pair of loafers or sneakers should be a staple in your workwear wardrobe. Loafers will work great to make your outfits smarter (go for patent ones to jazz up your outfit) while sneakers are obviously the go-tos for something more casual.