What Exactly Is A Stay At Home Mom Wardrobe?

Motherhood, Style

I’ll let you in on a little secret, we don’t sit around in pajamas all day eating bonbons. But that doesn’t mean we get to wear what working moms wear. To illustrate the perils of the stay at home mom wardrobe,  I’m going to share my wildest fantasy…

Sometimes I imagine going back to work for one day. Wild, right?

I wake up, wash & style my hair, put on clean pants, a pair of heels, and drive to work. Once at work I drink my morning coffee. Ahh yeah, I drink it while it’s really hot, so hot I almost burn my tongue. No, no, I actually burn my tongue. That’s hot. During lunch hour I do that thing I see a lot of employed folks do on their breaks, where they bring a book and sit on a rock in the sunshine. As I do this I am not only reading but drinking another coffee, and it DOES NOT spill on my pants! P.S my pants are probably silk. I know, I know, I’m getting excited too. But just when you thought this fantasy couldn’t get any better, I go home at the end of the day, 9 hours later and my entire outfit is still CLEAN!

If you don’t know any better, aka you don’t own a child, you may be thinking, “But Jen, you don’t have to be employed to be able to wear silk pants and drink a hot coffee without suffering 3rd-degree burns on 85% of your torso.”  Listen, it’s not like I can’t wear nice clothing anymore, it’s just that I don’t want to! I wouldn’t want to risk losing a new pair of pants to paint, mud and human feces (cause these WILL end up on you if you hang around a toddler long enough).

So what does one wear while cleaning, cooking and chasing a shoeless child through the grocery store? I’ve compiled the following list of practical yet chic mom essentials that can withstand the daily mess of mommyhood but also keep you feeling good about your appearance!

Mom Wardrobe Essentials

1. Jeggings or super-stretchy jeans – If you don’t want to be a full-time tight wearing mom go buy yourself a decent pair of jeggings. High waist is best, to avoid plumbers butt when you bend over 67645 times a day to pick up your child. The best pair for hiding a bit of belly is Madewell High-Rise Women’s Jeans 


$135, Madewell

2. Great fitting tees in black, gray, and white (depending on the age of your child) – PROTIP: white hides newborn spit up, black hides post baby belly, gray hides nothing, and can show pit stains, basically wear gray when you’re not around your child. My favorite simple round neck tees are from Gap.



$24.95, Gap Fitted Tee


3. Knit sweaters and oversized cardigans – Make you look put together. Also most popular during the fall aka back to school, aka when you may have a few sacred hours to yourself. Wear that sweat, drink a latte, smile. Farfetch has a great selection of high-quality knits for those days when you want to throw on something special.



MSGM Oversized Knit via Farfetch


4. Ballet flats – No stilettos ever. Nope. Don’t be that mom. Thanks. Pretty Ballerinas makes a wide range of SUPER COMFY ballerinas every season in many different pretty fabrics and patterns.



Pretty Ballerinas 


5. Stylish sneakers – This is the perfect time to try out jeans + sneakers because they are very much in style. This look works best with skinny or cropped jeans, see #1.



Vans Old Skool Lite Sneakers


6. Comfy ankle boots – This is where a wedge is acceptable. But be wary of rolling your ankle. You can also get a fun pair of boots to dress up any outfit. I love Ninewest for booties, they always have a wide selection and are very affordable.



$180, Ninewest


7.Cross-body bag – LOOK MA, NO HANDS!



Mansur Gavriel





8. Chic shades – Cover under eye bags. Enough said. P.S this is a good item to invest in, a good pair of sunglasses usually lasts me three years.



Fendi Eyewear


9. Jersey dresses (maxi and knee length) – Don’t be afraid to wear jersey, it can be very flattering and some styles hide post baby belly very well. Especially if there is any ruching along the sides or in front. Choose white, black and gray, your staple colors.



Iro, Bias Cut Cold Shoulder Dress


10. Cool hat – Great for bad hair days or for making any plain outfit a bit more stylish. I love anything wide brimmed, or cute beanies like this one with every moms favorite day of the week (leave the kids with daddy day).



Saturday beanie hat



Why You Should Try Out The Backpack Trend


They are the most versatile bag out there at the moment, and hello, hands-free! 

Street Style : Day Five - Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017

Image from Far Fetch – Style Guide

For a few years now backpacks have resurfaced in a big way. The last time I remember this bag trend taking off was in the days of Cher Horowitz. Today anyone from woman and men, and mothers can sport a backpack without looking like they are going you know, backpacking.

In case you’re wondering if you can pull off the look, my friends at Far Fetch have put together a great little shopping guide, to help you style any backpack, for any occasion. For example, lady-like backpacks can be totally fine at a lady-like event.  Check out my picks of my favorite backpacks, even the most luxurious ones, you know those bags you drool over when you window shop. Stay tuned at the end of this post for the link to The Style Guide, by Far Fetch. For more bags and more inspo visit the  Far Fetch website


See By Chloe $295 , Tory Burch $389, Moschino , Sophia Webster, Stella McCartney

Super Luxury

Anya Hindmarch, Fendi, Moschino, Chloe, M2malletier

Diaper Bags. Yes, DIAPER BAGS! 

Tiba+Marl $268


Herschel Supply Co. $106,  Diesel, As2ov, Kenzo


MSGM Kids,  Gucci Kids, Bobo Choses , Kenzo

Don’t forget there’s even more inspo at The Style Guide