Hot Mama Must-Haves
It's not always easy for busy moms to stay on top of the latest style trends. Don't worry — we've got you covered. Here are the top 10 items every stylish mom should have in her closet.
We asked stylist (and new mom) Alexandra Evjen of AVE Styles for her top style picks, and her number one answer was a blazer. "A simple black blazer goes with me everywhere," says Evjen. "It quickly dresses up an outfit." Ponte Knit Blazer (Loft, $90)
Want a versatile top that can be worn a number of ways? "A crisp chambray button-up shirt is my go-to top," says Evjen. She suggests pairing it with a pencil skirt, skinny jeans, over a maxi dress or with a maxi skirt. "The options are really endless." J. Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt (J. Crew, $78)
Yes, Birkenstocks, once known as the footwear of hippies and tree-hugging "crunchies," are back. These comfortable sandals are making a big comeback as the stylish choice of women with a passion for fashion. Try the one-strap Madrid (Birkenstock, $70), which comes in 16 colors. Your feet will thank you.
Want major style with minimal effort? It doesn't get any easier than throwing on a dress — especially a soft cotton tank dress. Despite the fact that it takes you all of one minute to get ready, you'll still receive plenty of compliments on how great you look. James Perse Striped Tank Dress (Shopbop, $123)
Dress up any outfit with a chunky statement necklace (Anthropologie, $48). With the right jewelry you can make a big fashion statement, even when you're wearing a simple white T-shirt and jeans.
If you're a new mom, it's a safe bet you're scraping by on minimal sleep. Thankfully, oversized sunglasses are still in style. Pop on a pair of shades to block the glare and hide your droopy peepers. For summer, we like these fun blue Sandela sunglasses (Toms, $119).
Show off your sun-kissed legs in a pair of trendy printed shorts (Ann Taylor, $50). Choose from floral, geometric or striped prints, and pick a length that flatters your figure.
No time to wash and style your hair? No problem. Give yourself a spritz of dry shampoo and throw on a headband. We're loving the look of braided headbands — one, two or even three (Vera Bradley, $12).
Despite all the helpful how-to videos on YouTube, there's something to be said for a scarf that requires no tying. Lightweight infinity scarves are perfect for upgrading your look. Try a neon scarf like this one to add just a splash of color to your outfit (Handpicked, $10).
You can never go wrong with a pair of wedges. If you already have plenty of wedge sandals, try a wedge peep toe. These organic hemp wedges are perfect for the office or for lunch with the girls (Toms, $69).
Stylist Alexandra Evjen of AVE Styles says every woman should own a pair of ballet flats. "They are a feminine and comfortable shoe that always looks polished and can take you seven blocks without any discomfort."
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