For a working mom, comfortable office clothes are a must-have to juggle everyday demands at work and home. Here are 5 basic tips on how to build a comfortable office clothes wardrobe.
If you are a mom that works in an office, you know how stressful it can be to get out of the door in the morning and get to work on time, and you also know that your day is far from over when you leave work – the rest of the day will be dedicated to your kids – from going to the playground, soccer training, dance class, and grocery shopping.
Your day, as a mom starts after your day at the office, has finished.
This is challenging at the best of times and downright stressful most of the time. The last thing you want to fret about is your wardrobe’s choice for the day – you do not have the time and energy.
In this article, I want to help you take the hassle out of your business wardrobe with these 5 tips on putting together a wardrobe of comfortable office clothes.
Tip # 1: Know your business dress style and stick to it
First and foremost, it is important to know the business dress style that is deemed appropriate at your office.
These can differ between different roles and industries: The most common business dress styles are the business professional, business casual, and smart casual dress styles.
I want to help you take the hassle out of business clothing, and for that purpose, I find business casual to be the best style to go from boardroom to playground. So if at all possible at your office, I recommend sticking to this style as much as possible.
Tip # 2: Find Your Color Type And Choose Clothes Accordingly
Years back, I had my color type defined during training for professional speaking. I have found that this has helped me a lot in creating a simple and hassle-free wardrobe.
If you are not familiar with color types, there are 4 types: the 2 “cold” color types ´winter` and ´summer´ and the warm color types ´autumn´ and ´spring.´
The color type is determined by a person´s skin undertone and hair color. Each of the types is then associated with a color palette that perfectly suits this person´s natural tones.
If you are unsure what your color type is, you can have it determined by a professional color stylist or watch this space for a more detailed guide about finding your color type.
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Tip #3: Comfortable Office Clothes – Comfy And Easy-To-Maintain Materials
Here is a confession: I hate ironing and avoid ironing at all cost. I am probably not alone with this aversion:).
So to maintain a comfortable, hassle-free business wardrobe, I look for comfortable, iron-free materials.
I have had the best experience with jersey, silk, and Ponte fabric. All of these are so easy to maintain, emerge from the washing machine almost wrinkle-free, and are comfortable and versatile enough to go from boardroom to playground in style.
Tip # 4: Comfortable Office Clothes – Comfy And Versatile Cuts And Styles
If you are a mom that works in an office, you know the challenge of looking polished for a business presentation but still being in this same outfit when you hit the soccer field after work: Tight skirts, very high heels get in the way of your everyday life.
Therefore, I recommend sticking to comfortable and versatile cuts and styles: having said that, my all-time favorite and wardrobe staple is the classic pantsuit.
I really recommend investing in a couple of well-cut, fitted pantsuits. With the jacket on and paired with heels, they are perfect for the office. You can lose the heels and jacket after work and be perfectly comfortable during your after-work activities with the kids.
When it comes to shoes, I recommend going for low-heeled pumps, sling-backs, or mules. Personally, I also feel sneakers are a great option; this will depend on the dress style common in your office, though – see above.
Choosing the right bag is a whole topic in itself, but simply said I would recommend a bag big enough to fit letter-sized documents and a laptop, but with extra pockets for water bottles, etc., which you might need after work.
Tip # 5: Minimize your business wardrobe and organize it well
As a working mom, you don´t have much time to think about your wardrobe in the morning. You have tons of other things to think about like school snacks, homework done, last-minute projects, getting to school on time, etc.
So I recommend adopting what I call ´office uniform´ that is simple and includes high-quality key pieces. I mean that you have some good quality pantsuits, some nice shirts, and matching shoes. All the items should be from the same color family and made from comfortable and iron-free materials. If you add 1-2 dresses or skirts to your wardrobe and 2 coats (1 for spring/summer, 1 for autumn/winter), then you are good to go without too much hassle :).
I should mention, that the capsule wardrobe concept is PERFECT for working moms. To help you find out more, here a couple of links about how to build a simple, yet functional business wardrobe.
Comfortable Office Clothes Help You Look Good, Stay Comfortable, And Tackle The Day
I hope these 5 tips have given you an overview of what it takes to put together a comfortable, versatile, and stylish wardrobe of business clothes suited to your needs as a working mom.
I would be happy to hear about your everyday wardrobe challenges as a working mom.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, please leave them below, and I will be more than happy to help you out.
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