Even the most basic "mom uniform" becomes something a bit more refined with the right pair of loafers.
J. Crew Darby Loafer, $150; Jeffrey Campbell Martini Loafer, $165; Sam Edelman 'Alvin' Flat Nude Leopard, $150
Take a simple cotton skirt and T-shirt and, instead of reaching for a pair of sneakers or flip-flops, go with loafers to add an air of sophistication that would make even cotton sweats look polished.
A flat heel — is there such a thing? Turns out there is, and it makes a surprisingly excellent choice for active moms, because it gives you all the height without all the pain. Fendi, Prada, Chanel, Marc Jacobs and more high-end designers are opting for this new take on the quintessential women's heel.
Jellypop Budapest, $30; ASOS Moscow Flatforms, $75; Topshop Hanna Flatform Sandals, $64
On any occasion when you would normally wear a heel or sandal, choose a flatform instead. The best clothing to pair it with? A simple sundress or maxi dress. A maxi dress may intimidate some, but in reality, it's a mom's best friend. It doesn't restrict movement when you're running around with kids, and it's perfect for hectic mornings — put on the dress and you're ready for a busy day ahead. A flatform has the ability to make a typical outfit into something a bit more put together and very trendy.
Take a classic Mary Jane out of the standard schoolgirl persona and into a whimsical, fashionable adventure with metallic detailing and unexpected cutouts.
Sole Society Mary Jane Ballet Flat, $50; Homemade Ice Cream Flat in Mint, $76
The go-to choice for busy moms may be the boring and tired flip-flop, which is usually not the most convenient option for an on-the-go lifestyle. Instead, invest in a quality sandal in a neutral color with ankle straps that will incorporate into many outfits within your wardrobe while staying attached to your feet.
Zara Block Sandal with Ankle Strap, $90; Aimee Metallic T Bar Gladiator, $36
There's that simple outfit a mom can turn to for a quick and easy way to look presentable: khaki shorts and a blouse. But all can be lost with the wrong shoe. A strappy Mary Jane or gold sandal brings this ensemble to a dressier level.
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