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Mom fashion must-haves for busy school mornings

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Fashion on the go

The start of a new school year means the morning routine is about to get more hectic, as you race each morning to get yourself and your kids put together on time. Five easy, basic but stylish pieces can cut down the guesswork, streamline the routine and help you start your own day looking fabulous.

Woman choosing black dress

1The tote

A great tote bag will take you through any day, keeping everything you need right at your fingertips. Big and roomy, the tote lets you carry that extra pair of comfortable flats, along with your laptop, wallet, keys, phone and all of the paraphernalia we normally try to squeeze into our purses. Tuck in a small clutch and you're ready to switch out for evening cocktails. Choose a tote in leather or fabric, but make sure that it's well-made and sturdy. A pretty embossed crocodile look in chocolate goes with everything and transitions well from the office to the weekend, plus, it's perfect for just running errands.

2Slip-on shoes

When you're rushing and running in the morning, nothing is more comfortable and practical than a great pair of slip-on shoes. Stash your work heels in your tote for now, and slide into a cute pair of flats or open-back mules in which you can move quickly. There are no laces to fool with or come untied... and ultra-comfortable is the rule. Hundreds of pretty styles complement office or casual attire and won't slow you down or trip you up in the morning.

3Basic black dress

Nothing is more versatile for the office, meetings and the dozens of places your busy day may take you than a basic black dress that you can dress up or down. Go casual with tights and flats, work-appropriate with great heels and a pop-of-color jacket, and evening-ready with the addition of a few sparkly accessories. If you're on the go all day, the go-to black dress eliminates worry and lets you always present yourself stylishly. Designer Rachel Roy's ready-to-wear black sheath costs $1195 -- but in a new partnership with Macy's, she has launched a price-friendly line hitting stores this month. Her perfect little black sheath is chic and versatile at only $109.

4Trouser jeans

Another item you can dress up or down is a dark-wash trouser jean. Throw on a blazer and heels, and you're ready for the office. Wear them with sneakers and a ruffled top for running errands. The trouser jean is a flattering silhouette on every woman, falling straight-legged from the widest point on the body for a long, lean look. They're a comfortable, easy-care and affordable item that takes the what-to-wear dilemma out of dressing on busy mornings.

5Equestrian boots

A great boot adds a snazzy sizzle to any outfit and keeps you warm and stylish. The equestrian boot has a flat sole so you can move effortlessly, and it looks equally terrific with jeans or with a skirt and opaque tights. The style is versatile enough to take you to the office or to wear running around town on errands.

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