Busy Mom Fall Styles for Day-to-Night
I can't say enough about keeping outfits versatile. From coffee dates to work meetings to errands and dinner with the girls, my clothes have to be comfortable, versatile, and be able to take me from early mornings to late nights. Being busy with a toddler and one on the way, I don't have time to make full outfit changes halfway through the day. I mean, who does?!
So I found it easy to create outfits that could go from playdates to date night with just a few accessory changes or swapping out shoes. Keeping things simple and rather neutral helps because the ability to mix and match is a lot easier. Since I'm working with a limited maternity wardrobe, being able to create day-to-night looks with a few select pieces is crucial!
When the weather cools down and it's time for all things pumpkin, candy corn, and bonfires, there are a few basics that I whip out of my closet: skinny jeans, chunky sweaters, and booties to name a few. And I don't know about you, but usually what I wear during the day is a little different from my date night or girl's night out attire (but let's be honest, it's not that different). You'll see that most of my outfits are all in the same color scheme - this is totally a preference, but I find that I have a lot more outfit options because everything matches.
My favorite way to dress up a usually pretty boring outfit is to add jewelry and cute shoes. I've learned that sometimes dainty jewelry makes a bigger statement than large colorful pieces, so it all depends on the look you're going for!
Although everything I wear is pretty basic and traditional, I keep things very cost effective (meaning I buy during sales!) Most of my outfits are linked with exact or similar items.
1. Traditional Jeans and Sweater
This has to be the most basic, traditional, classic Mom-Look since the 80's. Fortunately, sweater styles have changed a little. But for the most part, it's a really standard look. There are a million different ways to style this look - that's the beauty of a timeless classic!
For nighttime, swap out the heel booties for cute heels and throw on some jewelry. Pair with a cute clutch and voila!
2. Leggings and a Tunic Top
One of my favorite combinations is leggings and a tunic top (I firmly believe leggings can be pants... don't argue on this one!). This is a cozy, comfy outfit for a Target run, playdate, or a chilly afternoon at the park. Now with leggings coming in a thousand different colors, prints, and styles, it's really easy to find some funky combinations, although I can't help but stay pretty traditional. Black leggings are my go-to, and a neutral, plain tunic top is easiest for versatility. For an evening look, I swap my sneakers for some cute lace up wedges and throw up on a long necklace for an easy transition.
3. Working Mom Uniform
For working moms, or even moms who work from home but run to occasional coffee meetings and lunches (with kids in tow!) this look is just for you! I'm obsessed with sweater dresses that are comfy, cozy, and not constricting (thank goodness we got away from that bodycon sweater dress scene!). Pair with some boots and you're set for the day. Because of the work-casual nature of this outfit, you don't need to do much to dress it up for a night out. Heck, if you're meeting your girls at Happy Hour, you don't have to change a thing!
4. Convertible Athleisure
Athleisure is mega trendy and I'm here for it. This look does lend itself to more versatility if you don't wear branded athletic wear, but keep the look the same. For me, this means leggings, plain top, vest, and sneakers. Depending on my hair in the morning, I might even throw on a ball cap. This is the ultimate mom-iform for SAHM. It's comfy and feels like pajamas, yet is 100% acceptable for going out in public - whether you're going to the library for story time, the park with friends, or running some routine errands, you can't go wrong. For an easy date night look, swap out the vest for a cute duster or cardigan, a necklace, and a pair of cute booties.
5. Denim and White
This combo shows itself a little differently than the timeless Levis-and-white-tshirt-combination. Chambray button downs are trendy, versatile, yet remain a classic standard to women's closets. This outfit is ideal if you have a casual nighttime plans - movie date, family fun night, or a full day planned with no time to go home and change. This is also one of my favorite seasonal transition outfits - if the mornings and evenings are cool, the chambray top can act like a sweater, and then tie around your waist if the sun heats things up in the afternoon.
These are my go-to combinations so hopefully you can also find easy transitional looks that can keep you running from early mornings to late nights!