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Mom Fashion Guide: Tips To Build A Stylish Mommy Wardrobe

I have always been interested in fashion and this didn’t change once I became a mommy. One of my favorite things growing up was subscribing to fashion magazines and making scrapbooks of my favorite fashion looks.

And though I love following fashion trends, I am not one who buys everything that is trending. I am aware about my own body shape and buy pieces that suit my frame. My personal style is more chic and classic, with pieces that can be styled in a number of ways.

One look at Pinterest under the search terms mom fashion and you realize that moms these days are taking personal style seriously. Today women are living more out going lives and becoming a mommy is not looked at as a phase where you need to tone down your fashion sense. I personally didn’t buy any maternity clothes throughout my pregnancy and enjoyed wearing my regular clothes, as most of my style is anyway more relaxed and casual. Also,today maternity brands now making more stylish and good-looking pieces in keeping with this new trend among women.

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Post baby, comfort does play an important role in choosing your outfits. Also if you are breastfeeding you need outfits that are easy to breastfeed in. Keeping these points in mind I altered my wardrobe a little post baby. But overall I still wear similar type of clothes that I wore earlier. How you style your self becomes more important post baby, rather than buying a lot of pieces and different trendy looks.

This post will focus on key pieces you need in your mommy wardrobe and how you can style them to look fashionable effortlessly.

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Camisole/Tank Tops

If you are a breastfeeding mom, these become an essential. Buy a few basic colors that come with a built in removable clasp. This makes them easy to breastfeed in and to pair with other items in your wardrobe. I sometimes pair a button down shirt with a camisole for a relaxed and comfy look.Solid black and dark grey camisoles are must haves in your mommy wardrobe.

To give this regular look a twist, find a few tank tops with a racer back. These look so stylish and stand out compared to a boring camisole look.

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Outerwear

I am a little obsessed with layering. And as a mother it is amazing to add another layer to your outfit to give you a little extra comfort on the go. No need to worry about your top pulling up or stretching in weird places as you go about playing with your kid.

You need three types of pieces to help layer:

  1. Denim Jacket/ Faux Leather Jacket
  2. Cardigan
  3. Long Shrug

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Button Down Shirts

I was not a fan of shirts before I had baby. Then breastfeeding happened; and I found them to be the most practical option to dress quickly and look put together at the same time. I like to pair them with a cute camisole, or thin tee and white sneakers to give it a sporty look.

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Tees

I buy different types of tees to keep my wardrobe interesting. Adding dressy tees with unique elements to them like cutout sleeves, peplum detail, embroidery etc. A dressy tee is easy to wear with jeans and give you a quick special occasion outfit.

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Jeans

Mom jeans are now a fashion statement worldwide. When selecting jeans you need a comfortable cut, read no oopsy! moments when you bend to pick your child. High waisted jeans are the way to go. Buy a few in solid colors, that don’t show all those baby foods stain easily.

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Leggings

I don’t need to say more here. Moms live in leggings. They provide comfort and the new fashion trend is all about casual comfort.

I like to pair leggings with an oversized tee, a faux leather jacket and ankle length boots for a night out. Or if the weather is hot, wear the leggings with an oversized tee tying a knot to one side and  pairing with sandals.

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Dresses

Maxi dresses and shirtdresses are the best silhouettes in dresses for moms. They provide coverage and are super comfortable as you go about your day doing your mommy duties. I personally love maxi dresses, these especially look great on tall women.

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Bags

I am a huge lover of bags. I love to mix and match bags. My current diaper bag is a huge brown tote. Sometimes I use backpacks with funky prints as diaper bags too. I don’t strictly use diaper bags as a bag. I like to change it up with different totes I already own.

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Shoes

Flats are the way to go. If you are comfortable running behind your toddler in heels go for it. I can’t! But I don’t want to wear boring sandals and mommy shoes either. So I mix it up with different styles of flats and sneakers.

For dressy events I wear ballet flats or sandals with shorter heels. Always great to have these in basic colors like black, nude and tan to match any outfit.

And for regular running around town type of days I stick to sneakers and other cute flat sandals.

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Accessories

To be honest I slack in this department. I am always half running out the door and forget about putting my earrings on. But well thought out accessories make an outfit. Your dress can be simple but a great necklace or earrings can bring the outfit together.

I stick to having a collection of stud earrings and simple necklaces post baby. But you can rock big neckpieces and chunky bracelets too. A unique or statement piece of jewelry just adds that dash of fun to your outfit.

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Occasion Wear

I had a hard time finding Indian ethnic wear that was breastfeeding friendly and occasion worthy. Either they have a lot of sequin work on it that is not suited to my baby’s soft skin, or if made in chiffon or georgette material they looked more semi casual.

Many women in India love to wear sarees, but in my case I am not comfortable in them since I don’t wear them regularly. And when attending parties with my son I prefer comfort over style. If you are like me custom-made salwaar kameez is an answer. Choose rich looking materials like silks and satins to give your simple breastfeeding friendly salwaar kameez a party look.

I love wearing dresses as occasion wear too. Kimono style dresses, and wrap dresses are easy to breastfeed in and add that special element to the dress that makes it look party wear.

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Which piece of clothing do you rely on as a mommy? What are your go to mom fashion tips? Leave me a comment below.

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20 Comments

  1. I was more comfortable in maxi dresses as said it is more comfortable and covers everything..For every doctor visit i used to wear maxi dresses as for feeding and as i had a c-sec my scars took some time to heal so i didn’t want to go with leggings or jeans

    1. Ophira says:

      I love maxi dresses too!

  2. Moms live in leggings…that is so me! I wish I could wear more dresses, but till I’m breastfeeding I’ll have to stick to tees and shirts

    1. Ophira says:

      Dresses are easy to breastfeed in too. I get off shoulder ones or strapless ones and pair them with a jacket. Super comfy and stylish.

  3. Wonderful post. I relay a lot on outerwear- shrugs, jackets, etc. These are indeed some great tips on mom’s fashion.

  4. I chose comfort too . I am not a person who just blindly follows trends. I like to wear clothes which are simple. At home I am always in shorts and tee. For parties I am comfortable in knee length dresses & skirts. These are my favourite. I like cotton pants over Denims. Not much of my clothing choice has changed after motherhood.

    1. Ophira says:

      Yes, these days I too am moving from jeans to more comfortable palazzo pants. I like that they look stylish yet are so comfortable.

  5. Loved this post! I am SO the mom who lives in leggings! They’re comfortable and cute so it’s a win-win 😉

  6. Button down shirts and leggings are my top favourites. One will spot me rocking those on most of the days 🙂
    Loved your tips on styling

  7. My favorite jeans since having my baby are Levi’s 711. They are high waisted, give you that Levi’s booty and frankly, hold it all in. Love them and cannot recommend them enough!

    1. Ophira says:

      Thankyou for the recommendation. I will check these out for sure. 🙂

  8. Love the post! Dresses are my go-to since they are fuss-free and so easy to style!

    1. Ophira says:

      I agree I love maxi dresses too, they are so comfortable and easy to nurse in.

  9. Anchal says:

    Leggings became my best friend post baby 🙂 Great tips 🙂

  10. Leggings, jeans, tees and shrugs are my all time favs as a mommy. Very helpful pointers on looking stylish effortlessly

  11. This is one comprehensive list of must have in a mom’s wardrobe. My most preferred outfit are button down shirts clubbed with camisoles. They are just the thing to have for breast feeding mothers.

  12. Thanks is a lovely list for moms. Easy to follow guide. I love trying new fashion and trends.

  13. i love wearing comfortable tees and shirts …loved reading it and some really awesome stylish tips for mommies…

  14. I’m not a mommy yet, but I feel like these are all pieces that every girl needs in their closet! Jeans and tees with sneakers is my favorite everyday pairing!

    1. Ophira says:

      Yes, they were already staples in my pre mommy wardrobe too!

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