Working at home provides as many challenges as it does comforts, even more when you’re a mother. Balancing a need to get work done without too much fuss but also needing to get your kids to school without looking like a hot mess is a conundrum pretty unique to WAHMs.
You’re going to be at your computer, on conference calls, meeting with clients, and chasing toddlers – what single outfit covers all those bases? Sure, a pencil skirt and a button-down blouse might work for a woman crushing her 9-5, but as a work at home mom, you need versatility. You need comfort, but also style.
Work at Home Mom Wardrobe Ideas
What you need is a wardrobe that fits your personality and unique set of circumstances. Let’s look at some essentials to make sure that every event, meeting and tea time has you looking and feeling your best.
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Even if you don’t go to an office to meet people, you’re likely on client calls and doing some face-to-face. While working at home gives you the opportunity to be comfortable, you want to look professional and put-together. Plus, there’s something about getting dressed up, doing makeup and assembling a look that is intentional. It really can impact how you work and how effective you feel!
Pieces to consider are wrap dresses, which you can get with relative ease at most clothing retailers. Paired with a cardigan, they’re effortless and they look incredible. Plus they’re exceptionally comfortable.
Button-down blouses and flannels are another solid choice when you want to present yourself as not-quite casual. They’re exceptionally cute with jeans or leggings and in a pinch are simple to swap out if a baby throws up on you or you spill your coffee, both very real hazards when you’re a WAHM.
Make sure your wardrobe has room for a pencil skirt or two. With the right pair of heels, these will make you feel like boss-mom queen of New York, and you’ll command attention in any room you saunter into.
Of course, not every day will have you meeting with clients and jetting across town for business lattes. Most days are just plugging away at your desk, writing copy, running numbers or cleaning up websites.
For these days, you want to embrace the fact that you work from home. No, I don’t necessarily mean work with no pants (though of course that’s your choice and I don’t judge!) What I mean is there are so many options for comfortable clothes that a WAHM can put together.
Leggings are the new jeans, going well with any outfit and for most occasions. The best part of a good pair of leggings is the fact that you can be sporty or just extremely not into pants that day and nobody will know the difference!
Jeans are a must-have for any wardrobe. Simultaneously casual and dressy if need-be, these staples don’t need to be expensive to have a big impact.
Cardigans are great because they up the fashion factor of almost anything they’re paired with and they’re ultra comfortable. Especially in the winter, you can’t go wrong upping your wow-factor with what is essentially a reverse-blanket.
Comfort is key
If you are really snuggled in for a day of focused work, then why worry about dressing up? We all have days we just want to get comfortable and attack our workload with a cup of coffee and some muffins, so dress accordingly!
Hoodies are the best piece of clothing on the planet by far. Just pull one over your t-shirt and you can do anything; pick up your kids, go to work out, stare daggers at the kids who park their cars too close to your driveway (that might just be me). The point is that they’re incredibly comfy, warm and versatile.
Thigh-high socks are the perfect footwear choice when you’re looking to cover a bit more skin than with a pair of knee highs, but don’t want to wear full tights. Cute enough to go out in but comfy enough to stay warm while you solve client crisis after client crisis, thigh-highs are a must-have. Whether you decide to have a bit of fun (foxy fun, that is!) or a simple black, long thigh-high socks are a fantastic complement to any outfit.
Layering tank tops and simple v-necks are comfortable on their own, and they’re pretty essential to build an outfit. If you’re not going anyway, toss on a tank and a hoodie and get to work!
Can’t forget shoes!
I love Chucks. They’re great because you can put them with a date night outfit or just wear them literally anywhere casually.
A good pair of tennis shoes are great in a pinch and pair well with leggings to provide the illusion that you are, in fact, quite sporty. And if you ARE sporty, then they’re actually practical, too!
Mules are nice because you can slip them on to run errands but they’re so trendy and cute that they’re not un-professional, either.
What are your wardrobe staples when tackling home and business life?
I’d love to hear about them in the comments!