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Legit Mom Style: My Wardrobe Staples

I’ve had a lot of requests lately for a round up of wardrobe staples, so I figured it was time to finally make it happen! I do have more clothing than this (my wardrobe isn’t as minimalist as I’d like it to be yet!), but these are 30 of the things I reach for over and over and rely on heavily week after week. These staples are all neutral (I hate wearing color!) and they are perfect for my casual lifestyle. I don’t work in an office and am on mom duty 90% of the time, so I wear things that are comfortable and can easily be cleaned and keep a few items around that can easily take a casual outfit to a date night/girls’ night outfit.

Not included on this list are accessories—hats, bags, jewelry—but they are really essential in a minimalist wardrobe so don’t forget to wear them! We’ll have to dedicate another post to my favorites of those, but I’ll tell you now that a wide brim fedora, a leather crossbody and a long necklace are all in my regular rotation.

Okay, now let’s get to it. Linked below are items that are either what I have in my wardrobe, or something super similar…

Tops

Bottoms

Dresses

Outerwear

  • Long sweater (I love light neutral like tan, ivory or grey, but black works too)
  • Olive or army green jacket
  • Black puffer vest (Such an easy layer for chilly days/evenings. Also works really well for athleisure looks.)
  • Long camel coat (This is a timeless piece. Even though I only wear mine a few times a year in San Diego, I’ve had mine for almost 7 years and I still get asked about it all the time.)

Shoes

  • Black pumps (You won’t wear these that often, but they make any outfit date night appropriate—even your skinny jeans and tee shirt. Add lipstick and you’ve got instant cool girl status.)
  • Flat ankle boots
  • Black pointed flats (These can be as dressy or as casual as you want them to be. This is another great option.)
  • Heeled tan sandals
  • Leopard loafers (I love calf hair for more detail. These will instantly add interest to the most simple of outfits.)
  • Tan sandals (A warm weather essential! Skip the flip flops and opt for a t-strap or gladiator style for an instant outfit upgrade.)

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  • Autumn
    March 8, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Love this post! Super helpful to see the basics of a practical mom wardrobe. Thank you!

  • Lara Bogaard
    March 9, 2017 at 7:03 am

    question… been so close to pulling the trigger on a cashmere sweater from Everlane, but with a one year old and a four year old, I constantly feel like I’m covered in snot and mac n cheese :/ the thought of keeping cashmere clean is daunting. How do you care for yours and also having a small child?

    • Natalie Borton
      March 10, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Haha, totally. The key is wearing it selectively—it’s an absolute go-to for me for fall/winter date nights for sure. And then I never wear it during meal times around Jack either, or when he’s sick for that matter! I also like to wear a cami underneath it so it’s not directly on my skin and can go longer without dry cleaning.

  • Amanda
    March 15, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Natalie, I love your list of go tos! I really like the Hatch Oversized top. I’m done having babies though. Is it maternity clothing? I love it in the stripes. I need a flowy striped top!

    • Natalie Borton
      March 16, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      The brand is made for before, during and after maternity. I discovered them when I was pregnant with Jack and have seen their clothes styled so many times on non-pregnant women that I don’t consider them maternity anymore!