I’m a Fashion Editor & Mom of 2—This Is the Chic & Easy Outfit I Rely On Daily

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I often get asked if my style has changed since becoming a mom. My immediate reaction is of course not! I still love fashion. I love expressing myself through clothes. I love trying trends. I am undeniably energized by a seriously good outfit. I say this while dressed in black leggings and a basic white tee, which I may or may not have been wearing most of the week. The answer is a little more complex.

Motherhood hasn’t changed my style per se, but it has impacted it. My priorities are different now. Practicality trumps sky high-platforms (or any other trend that doesn’t fit into my lifestyle). And I no longer have the luxury of timeto dream up what I’m going to be wearing on any given day in the same way I used to.

What I do rely on as a mother of two (who often goes from press previews to school pickups in one fell swoop) is an outfit template that consists of a few quality yet trend-forward basics that have an effortless silhouette, are easy to move in, but still say chic. Nowadays, this looks like some form of a cool, oversize button-down (preferably striped) paired with loose, tailored trousers and my easy-to-run-in Birks. (I have a fast-as-lightning 3-year-old son, after all.) With the juggle of motherhood and so much going on, this easy outfit offers me the sartorial calm I need at this particular moment in time, and it always works.

Take a look below at variations of the outfit I’ve been wearing on repeat, and shop my favorite button-down and pant picks. Oh and don’t forget accessories. (They’re a dream for amping up a simple look with little effort required.) 

These are my go-to relaxed black pants from H&M that look polished yet are ridiculously comfortable. The best part is they don’t cost a fortune, so if I happen to get spit-up on them, I’m not overly precious about it. An oversize blue-and-white striped shirt is a classic that I encourage everyone to invest in. This one has an oversize silhouette, which is not only on-trend but also preferred right now given my body has changed after having a second child.

I’ve been living in this button-down from Reformation lately. It’s super versatile, and the beige hue feels different from anything else in my closet. I’ll often add a tank underneath and wear it open, styled with trending low-rise, loose trousers and finished with chunky sandals.

When I’m looking for a polished look for meetings and press previews, I’ll reach for this statement stripe button-down from Pixie Market. The preppy green hue feels of the moment. I’ll style it with relaxed crisp pants (in white if I’m living dangerously) and comfortable sandals.

A classic white button-down is another chic and comfortable go-to.

This pair is already in my cart.

Such a great hue.

Yep, I’m living on the edge but I’ll never let go of my crisp white pants.

H&M is great for oversize button-downs that don’t cost a fortune.

How luxe do these look?

I opt for linen in the summer months.

I own these in beige, and they drape so beautifully. They’re my favorite pair of pants right now.

Get a button-down in this season’s biggest color trend. (The kids will love it too). 

I love this coffee color.

A short-sleeve for when the temps start to rise.

You can find some gems at & Other Stories.

Ideal for concealing child-induced stains.

Easy and effortless.

This looks super versatile.

I appreciate the elasticated waistband.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Up next, 32 affordable Nordstrom basics to add to your forever wardrobe.

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