Refresh your wardrobe with the right apparel pieces for busy moms. There’s something for every mom, whether you’re raising toddlers or teens. We’ve put together some tips for reinventing your style and putting together outfits that are both fashionable and comfortable.
If you already run plenty of errands, save yourself one more with clothes that don’t require a trip to the dry cleaner. Choose easy-care fabrics like Supima cotton, which is grown in the USA and prized for its long-staple fiber. Supima cotton is sturdy and colorfast—it has a soft, smooth texture and gets softer with each trip through your washing machine while retaining its structural integrity.
There are Supima cotton tees in sizes to fit every body and colors to complement every wardrobe. Neck styles include crewneck, scoop-neck, and V-neck, so it’s easy to find one you love. Another versatile top style that comes in a rainbow of Supima cotton colors and prints is the polo shirt. Women’s polo shirts can be dressed up or down to create an outfit that’s sporty, preppy—or somewhere in between.
Polyester is another fabric moms can appreciate. There are polyester polos, tees, and button-downs with wrinkle-resistant and moisture-wicking properties. Like Supima cotton, polyester is machine-washable for easy cleaning. It’s also an excellent choice for spring and summer because many polyester garments provide UPF 50+ for covered areas.
Both cotton and polyester tops come in different knits. There’s jersey, which is a close-knit weave that’s incredibly smooth with a hint of stretch. It has a silky, lightweight texture and isn’t just good for tops but skirts and dresses as well. You’ll also find mesh weaves—especially when it comes to polos—and poplin tops that are light and breathable. With so many options, moms can find plenty of stylish machine-washable apparel.
A capsule wardrobe is an option for moms who want to simplify and save time. Capsule wardrobes also allow for maximum versatility and wear. When putting together a capsule wardrobe, start with the basics. Choose tops and bottoms in neutral tones so you can mix and match to create many outfits—think black, white, gray, camel, taupe, and so on. From there, you can add accent pieces in your favorite colors, whether you prefer soft pastels, tropical colors, or jewel tones.
A basic capsule wardrobe might consist of jeans, slacks, a skirt, leggings, and yoga pants—with women’s T-shirts, polos, and button-down tops. You can, of course, modify these pieces to fit your lifestyle. Your capsule wardrobe might include Bermuda shorts, midi skirts, or joggers. That’s the great thing about this concept—it’s customizable to suit every mom’s fashion preferences.
As a mom, you may feel best in comfy clothes. Put together an outfit you can wear from morning until evening with a pair of women’s sweatpants or yoga pants and a cotton top. You can layer on a fleece jacket or cardigan for warmth and modesty or slip a hoodie on. When it comes to footwear, sneakers are a comfortable and versatile option. If you plan to stay at home, you can forgo the sneakers in favor of cozy slippers.
If you love dresses but want to stay comfortable, you can’t beat a T-shirt dress. Wear one with flat slip-on shoes or sneakers, and add a cropped denim jacket for an outfit that can go just about anywhere. There are also denim chambray button-down shirt dresses that are soft and roomy enough to fall under the loungewear category.
Sleepwear for women is an important part of every mom’s wardrobe. You’ll find plenty of options in an array of styles, including coordinated PJ sets you can wear all day. Cotton pajama pants with a jersey-knit top is one PJ style that’s cozy for all seasons. Look for fabrics with a hint of spandex for maximum comfort and gentle stretch; an elastic waistband is another must-have feature when shopping for women’s pajama pants.
In the fall and winter, you can layer a flannel robe over your cotton PJs for added warmth. Or choose flannel pajamas, which are made from ultra-soft cotton that’s brushed on both sides for cuddly comfort. There are matching family pajamas for the holidays, which you can wear for Christmas morning or home movie nights.
Make any outfit your own by adding a few accessories. Moms can wear jewelry, although you may want to keep dangling necklaces and earrings to a minimum if you have a baby or toddler. Classic stud earrings are a good way to impart sparkle to any outfit, whether it’s casual or dressy. Fashion scarves are another accessory to consider, as they go with everything from tunic tops to buttoned shirts. Tote essentials for you and the kids in an oversized slouchy handbag. Larger bags provide plenty of storage room and add an on-trend touch to your look.
Fashion should be fun, so play around with different outfits to find your favorite styles. To keep your wardrobe up to date, review it every season and add apparel pieces accordingly.