Mamas! For Mom Street Style this week we have something a little different. New mom Casey is sharing not only a pic, but her top ten favorite pieces of clothing. We're talking about her most-used, hardest working, ten favorite pieces. So without further ado…here's Casey.
Hi! I’m a new mom, enjoying life staying home several days a week with my son in Northwest Philadelphia. I’m a former kindergarten teacher and elementary administrator, now working part-time as an instructional coach in a turnaround school in North Philly. I'm also dabbling in some writing and figuring out what’s next!
I swore to myself that I wouldn’t give into the temptation of wearing yoga pants every day as a new mom, but I’m not gonna lie; since the birth of my son I’ve definitely rocked my Lululemons more than I'd care to admit. That said, I’ve been relatively successful in avoiding the mommy uniform, especially after I grew accustomed to my new life and body.
The changes I’ve encountered since becoming a mom have included not only a new chunky little sack of cute named Oliver, but also a transition from a full time job to a part-time gig and some undesirable (though totally worth it) changes to my figure. As a result, my wardrobe has morphed into a collection of comfy, easy, versatile clothes that cover my new mom pooch and still maintain a sense of style and fun. By mining my existing closet and purchasing a few new pieces, I’ve come up with a rotation of several items that I can mix and match. My outfits must be suitable for walking to the farmer’s market with my little guy, going to my part-time job at an elementary school, or walking to a local restaurant for a family dinner.
Though I certainly wear more than just these 10 pieces (and add my own flair with accessories – especially long circle scarves, which do wonders in camouflaging the belly), I have whittled down my list to just my 10 most crucial pieces for the late winter/early spring.
1. Chambray Shirt
Mine is actually from J Crew Factory, but the color is no longer available. Madewell's Perfect Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt $70, is close.
2. Striped Tee
I like a classic navy and white striped tee.
(Pictured: Dorothy Perkins Tee, $30)
3. Sweater Coat/Long, Patterned Cardigan
I found mine on Loemann’s clearance rack. I chose a heavier, coat-style so that I can wear it as a coat in moderately chilly weather and layer under the fatigue jacket for colder weather.
(Pictured: Warehouse Fairisle Cardi, currently on sale for $64)
4. White V-Neck Tee
Personally, I like J.Crew's white slub t-shirts…
5. Leopard Print Flats
My favorite flats are Madewell Sidewalk Skimmers. (Currently on sale for $89 )
6. Military Anorak
My anorak is olive and from the Gap, but they are no longer have any in stock. I did find a lightweight version at American Eagle. I wear mine with jeans, khakis, cords, black pants and even over my workout gear.
(Pictured: Calvin Klein Fur Trimmed Coat, on sale for $105)
7. LOFT Black skinny jeans
I love my LOFT curvy skinny black jeans (stock is really low right now, but keep checking back). They are as comfortable as leggings, but much more finished looking and cover a multitude of figure flaws that leggings can sometimes accentuate. I wear them to work because you can’t even tell they’re jeans.
8. LOFT Dark rinse skinny jeans
Again, after having a baby, I searched for affordable new jeans that would flatter my slightly pear-shaped figure and found the LOFT curvy skinny jeans. Like I said, I LOVE them.
9. Gray Tall Boots
Gray is my favorite neutral because it’s a little bit unexpected, yet looks great with just about anything. Mine happen to be Steven Madden (here's a similar pair).
(Pictured: Cole Haan's Cassie boot, on sale for $247)
10. Minnetonka Mocs
These are my super comfy casual shoes and are a great option for anyone looking for an alternative to Uggs (though they certainly aren’t as warm).
(Pictured: Minnetonka Feather Kilty Mocs, on sale for $42)
So, that’s my list as of right now! As the season changes and I continue to move closer to my goal of reaching my pre-baby weight, I’m sure some of my rotation will change, though I think several of these pieces are definitely here to stay.
Thanks, Casey!! I love this little peak into another mom's closet. Fun, right? If anyone else wants to play along, feel free to send in a pic, and links to your favorite pieces! (It doesn't need to be 10. Five is easier for me – HA – or it can even be just one or two.) Let us know why these pieces are your favs.
Awesome inspiration, Casey! Thank you so much!
ps. Mamas, I have had TEARS in my eyes numerous times today…from laughing at your hysterical comments on the leggings pants/not pants debate. You chicks crack my shiz up.