5 Summer Wardrobe Essentials For Busy Moms
Being a mom comes with its challenges year-round, but summertime, meant for taking things easy and making family memories, creates its own challenges. With the kids out of school, routines seemingly out the window, not to mention more playdates, and more sporting events all scheduled around vacations, things can feel overwhelming. On top of all of that, you still want to look and feel put together. Being a mother doesn’t mean neglecting your needs and not feeling like a human being. So, with that in mind, let’s take one thing off your plate, what to wear. By making sure you have all the essentials mentioned below, you’ll have a closet full of summery wardrobe pieces to keep you looking and feeling your best.
This year, coordinated sets are taking over the runways, pages of fashion magazines, and websites of ready-to-wear clothing. Finding coordinated sets is even easy at big box retailers like Target and Walmart. Coordinated sets are a “one and done” way to have a pulled-together outfit with absolutely zero decision fatigue. Whether you go the route of shorts with a matching button-up, skirt, and top in the same print or just a pair of chinos and t-shirt in the same color, coordinated sets are a must for the busy mom.
Maxi or Midi Dress
Another option for looking pulled together without the decision fatigue is a flattering midi or maxi dress. These styles of dresses are an easy pick for your kid’s sporting events or chatting with other parents during a park playdate. They can easily transition from casual daytime looks to a more polished evening look with a different hairstyle, shoe, and bold lip color. Do yourself a favor and buy one of two long or mid-length dresses to have on hand this summer. And hey, they transition easily to fall wardrobes by adding a denim jacket and pair of cute ankle boots.
Chasing after your kids is a given year-round, but summer lends itself to activities that may be deemed a little more accident-prone than winter ones. Make sure you feel cute but are also able to maneuver in your footwear. In the daytime, a fun white-on-white sneaker is a must, and if you’re trying for a more elevated look, a good pair of wedge shoes for women is a must. While high heels have their place, the fun and casual nature of summer dresses call for a wedge over a heel. Flip-flops or sandals are an easy way to look chic while running errands when it’s hot outside. If you invest in nothing else, stylish, comfortable shoes in summer are crucial.
Cute Carry-all Totes
While most moms get used to having an oversized purse from the beginning of motherhood through the diaper bag, at some point in their mama journey, they can transition back to clutches or shoulder bags. Summer weather means you’re toting around a lot all day with the kiddos. Don’t sacrifice your style just because you need room for sunscreen, water bottles, snacks, and towels. By making sure you’ve got a fashionable carry-all tote to store in the car, you’ve got all the room for your kid’s summer essentials as well as your own. And hey, you’ll get those great, broad summer shoulders from carrying around everyone’s essentials; talk about a beach bod!
Nothing looks as effortlessly chic and timeless as a well-worn denim jacket. While you may not have your dad’s jean jacket from the eighties, you can buy your own jean jacket today and start wearing it. Jean jackets pair perfectly over cute sundresses, shorts, and a tank or rompers – and they look phenomenal. Not to mention, they provide a layer of warmth on the days when the temperature starts chilly in the morning, which it often does, even in summer. For a casual look, size up a size or two from your normal size for a jacket that’s easy to throw on when you’re running out the door.
Summer is a time to play with fun fashion styles – bright colors, florals, and flirty materials. Ensure you have the base of your outfits covered by including all the above-mentioned items in your wardrobe. Happy Summer, mama!