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Versatile fashion essentials for the working mom

Crystal Patriarche is the Director of Parenting Content for SheKnows and oversees the SheKnows Book Lounge. She's a mother, a life-long book lover, an Arizona State University journalism and public relations graduate and entrepreneur. ...

Work it, Mama!

Busy working moms everywhere rejoice: The fashion world is headed back to basics. The runways for fall collections were filled with basic black, gray and navy pieces that oozed simplicity and versatility. And what working mom in this economy isn't craving the simple life?

The working mom uniform

Here are six wardrobe must-haves for every working mom -- easy, interchangeable yet stylish essentials that don't require a lot of planning or fuss. You'll look like you spent a lot more than five minutes pulling yourself together during your hectic mornings. But don't worry, you didn't, and it's our little secret.

working mom in gray cardigan

Basic #1: Gray cardigan

Is there anything more versatile than the perfect gray cardigan sweater? Throw it over a tank or a tee for a casual look, or over a blouse (try a blouse with a cinched belt to avoid looking bulky) for a dressier look. Got a favorite little black dress you wish you could wear more? Pair it with a basic or ruffled gray cardigan, and you've dressed it down into appropriate office attire.

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