Mom Uniform: But Make it Cool + 100% Comfortable

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woman sitting in jeans & sweaterAfter pregnancy, my body looks and feels different, and frankly, my style priorities have majorly changed. Do you remember calling shirts “going out tops” in college? Now everything I buy needs to work for a dinner date with a toddler throwing tofu, or date night with my husband. I work remotely, so I spend a lot of my time in athleisure. As a woman, but also a mom, dressing comfortably is a top priority. The reality is that a diaper change wrestling match, lego toe-stubbing, and toddler-corraling all demand your body to NOT be caged in by skintight jeans. 

But as someone who has always loved style–and don’t get me wrong, a good pair of high-waisted jeans–here are some tricks for being comfortable, but still looking like myself. I hope that they make you feel good at home with your kids, or out running errands. 

Invest in black leggings

7/8 HIGH-WAIST AIRBRUSH LEGGING

The investing part is critical. You want a pair that you can wear multiple times a week and will withstand thousands of wash cycles.

These are two of my favorites pairs. I prefer the Lululemon Alight Pant 28″  because you feel held in, but also like you’re not wearing pants! 

The Alo Yoga 7/8 High-Waist Airbrush Legging is great for barre class and everyday wear. 

These 90 Degree By Reflex Ankle Length High Waist Power Flex Leggings – 7/8 are a great affordable option and are super comparable to the two pairs above! 

I’m also definitely wearing leggings out for date night! These Hi-Waist Vegan Leather Leggings are my favorite faux-leather leggings (they are size-inclusive as well). 

Find a comfortable sweater that fits your style and needs. I feel most comfortable if mine covers my tush.

 

Here is the sweater I’m currently living in. It is a tunic style and has a double mock neck, which ads a bit of style. I’ve worn it around the house and out and about with leather leggings. I love it so much I’ve ordered it in both black and white (wearing it now)! It is currently 40% off at some retailers; I suggest doing a Google search to find the best price. 

My new BFF: Free People Afterglow Mock Neck Top 

This Free People Bella Vist Cowlneck Sweater is on my wishlist! And the price point is incredible!

Add your own flair.

 

I tend to wear my hair down 99.9% of the time in loose waves, but if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll throw on a headband or put in a cute hair clip. If you wear your hair up, try a fun ponytail holder! Amazon has a plethora of affordable options, like the three below:

10 Pack of Wide Knot Headbands 

6 Pack of Knot Headbands – Leopard + Pearl

Hair Ties with Bows 

Comfy Feet = Happy Mom

I typically do daycare dropoff in the morning, so one of my most significant footwear criteria is making sure I can slip my shoes on and off!

I just got a pair of slip-on Chelsea boots. They are waterproof and have excellent traction; they are also perfect for Minnesota winters because they have faux fur lining. Bonus, they are on Amazon Prime. Chooka Women’s Waterproof Plush Chelsea Bootie Boot

I also invested in the Sorel Joan of Arctic Wedge II Chelsea Boot last year. They are expensive, but when I look at the cost per wear, they have proved to be worth the price tag! 

For warmer months, I love a slip-on sneaker. I have a black pair from Vince with a bit of a platform that is similar to these: Dr. Scholl’s Kensie Reptile Embossed Platform Sneaker.

 

What are your favorite pieces and mom uniform must-haves? Add it in the comments!

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Molly Grimm
Molly has lived in Rochester for eight years. She resides blissfully with her husband Adam, one-year-old Fritz and pup Henry. Molly works for a digital agency managing a large media partnership. At work, she is Type A, but when it comes to momming she lets the five-second rule go out the window. Though not a long-tenured mom, Fritz has shown Molly that she was always meant to be a mama. She has cultivated a passion for all things mom and baby and loves trying out new baby products and lines. She also loves connecting with other mom's - especially those with little ones around Fritz's age. When not working or folding tiny human clothes, Molly loves reading, shopping, Sauvignon Blanc and hanging with her gals.