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Playdate fashion: Not just for the kids!

Nina Sutton is a beauty and style expert and on-camera host. She is also the author of the The Chic Moms Guide to Feeling Fabulous. Nina has appeared on shows such as The Doctors, E! Fashion Police, Oprah Winfrey Network, The Ricki Lake ...

Fashion meets function

Whether you are going to mommy and me or having a playdate with other moms, style still counts. Go beyond the basic jeans and a T-shirt with choices that are functional and chic. Here are some ideas to satisfy your inner child and play dress up too!

Floral jeans

skinny floral jeans by Guess

Floral print jeans are an easy way to add a feminine touch to your jeans. They make it easy to look like a fashionista while chatting with other moms or coordinating the little ones. Try a darker hue like these skinny floral jeans by Guess ($138, guess.com), so you can take them into the fall season.

Shirt dress

Utility Shirt Dress from Limited

A classic shirt dress in a bright hue can take you from work to a playdate with ease. The bold color adds a relaxed flair so you look like you are ready to have fun. Try one like this Utility Shirt Dress from Limited ($90, limited.com).

Mad for plaid

Plaid shirt

Down and dirty playdates (think play dough, finger paints and mud) require durable and tough styles. Nothing shouts hard work more than a plaid shirt. Paired with your favorite jeans, it becomes the ultimate playdate look (especially if you are hosting another child at your house).

Pop the basics

Pop Life flats by Bakers Shoes

If jeans and a T-shirt are your go-to outfit when running around with your kids, then strive to add a modern pop of color or pattern to your shoes. Flats in a fun leopard print like these Pop Life flats by Bakers Shoes ($45, bakershoes.com) keep you going that extra mile in comfort. You can even add a bright sweater or cardigan to your outfit.

Things to avoid

During a playdate, it is a good idea to avoid large or dangly earrings (you don't want to risk them getting pulled!), big bracelets and necklaces. It is also a good idea to leave your low necklines and stiletto heels at home and wear those on a mommy night out playdate!

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