As any mom can tell you, looking chic on the job is a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be. Between wash-and-wear cottons and snuggly soft cashmeres, we’ve curated some chic options that are perfect for carpool, errands or just the odd cuddle.
Top It Off
Blazers add instant polish to any outfit, and the terry fabric of this version makes it easy to wash and wear.
Lilla P, Flame French Terry Long Sleeve Blazer, $154, www.lillap.com
Dress Up Day
Perfect for parent-teacher conferences, PTA meetings, or a special lunchtime date with your little one, the feminine detailing on this timeless shift dress ups the ante.
Donna Morgan, Black and White Flower Lace Easy Shift Dress with Contrast Combo, $158, www.donna-morgan.com
Back to Basics
Ditch the yoga pants and slip into a jean that may be just as comfortable. The straight leg is grown up and the slim fit is decidedly not “mom-jeans.” If khakis are more your style, the cotton tapered pant is sophisticated enough to wear from morning drop off to the office, and the price tag won’t break the bank.
Long Tall Sally, Richmond Straight Leg Jean, $79, www.longtallsally.com
Long Tall Sally, Cotton Tapered Pants in khaki, $89, www.longtallsally.com
Accessories add the finishing touch to any ensemble. Reach for statement necklaces in punchy spring colors, or bold bangles with a nautical flair.
Marimekko, Kuoho necklace, $69, www.marimekko.com
Marimekko, Kurvi bracelet, $39, www.marimekko.com
Opt for bold patterns and prints that not only add interest to an outfit, but that conceal minimal stains from your little ones. An easy crinkle top, that’s machine washable to boot, is the perfect versatile piece.
Simply Vera Wang, Crinkle Top, $36, www.kohls.com