Readers, we've been receiving more and more emails from moms about to go back to work. While we've been meaning to do a back-to-work article for quite some time, we've been putting it off. However, we received this lovely email from reader Cathy a few weeks ago:
First of all, I absolutely love your blog! A friend passed it along, and I’ve gotten so many other mom-friends hooked! And as a mainline mom, I often wonder if I might bump into Shana at the playground or other fun spots around town. I live in Wayne with my 2 year old little girl, husband, and westie dog. Hopefully some day our paths will cross – would love to meet you!
Anyhow, I’m writing in with a wardrobe question as I’m thinking ahead to fall. I have been working from home for the last five years, and a new job includes a little more office time (2-3 office meetings per month). I’ve been really enjoying getting out of the house a little more, but I haven’t had to think about a work wardrobe in such a long time. I have lots of summer skirts and dresses that I’ve been able to wear to work this summer, but I need to do some serious updating for fall. I’d like to invest in some good cross-over pieces … things I can wear at the office, during the week when I’m working from home, or on date nights with my husband. When in doubt, I tend to buy black work clothes (black suits, black wrap dresses, sheath dresses etc.) so I’m looking to add a little more color. My office is business casual so it’s pretty flexible in terms of dress code.
Ooooo….what a challenge!! What could one buy to spruce up their work wardrobe, add some spice to date night AND still run around with the kiddos?
I'm currently on the lookout for a fabulous denim shirt. While I do love J.Crew's (pictured above), I'm still coveting the denim shirt I borrowed from my sister this summer. It was Miley Cyrus for Walmart…and under $25. Wow.
I can't imagine a more perfect do-everything dress than Lesley Evers' Trudy Dress. It was my favorite of the many, many, gorgeous dresses I found (like this fabulous one from Shabby Apple – one of our affliates). I'll be happy to share the rest of my favorites if you guys are interested, so let me know in the comments. And I can't get over the Mia Boots and Old Navy Jacket in the museum look above…so affordable, yet so amazing!
While I don't typically consider silky little tops mom-friendly, this one from Old Navy is both affordable and machine washable. I own this shirt and have been wearing the heck out of it. (Why YES. I am wearing it with my tired old maternity cut-offs that you are sick of. Yes, I am.) Old Navy and LOFT are both good sources for pretty, flowy, patterned blouses that you can still throw into the washing machine.
Please do not attempt any art projects with your toddler in these pants. However, they are FABULOUS. At work, out at night, and any social setting where you want to look cool. The cool mom in her glamorous pants and a t-shirt. YES. I want to be this mom. I also want to be the mom who wears the multi-colored glitter Kate Spade heels, but, well, one thing at a time. They kinda look like Raines' art projects as of late. He is in his glitter period.
SOOOOOO….Cathy? Readers? How did I do? This was one of my favorite articles to work on and has taken up a decent amount of brain space over these last few weeks. Phew. Now I can move on….
Happy Fall, Mamas! (Officially on Friday already…)
Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name’s Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.