I don’t do a lot of fashion posts, especially centered on sales, simply because they usually don’t have a lot of longevity. This one is different.
In the spirit of the capsule wardrobe movement, I present to you the perfect Minimalist Mom Wardrobe, in only 21 pieces.
Every piece here is a proven winner– that shirt, cardigan, hoodie, and pair of jeans that you’ll reach for again and again. The ones that you love to wear and can be worn a millions different ways. These are the items that keep us comfortably chasing the kids all day- cotton, denim, and sneakers- done in such a laid-back-chic way.
The result is a high-performing, workhorse of a wardrobe that will give you an effortlessly cool look every day of the week.
Oh, and have I mentioned yet that some of it is even on sale?! (Honestly, if you’re reading this post months from now, though, and the sales are over- each and everyone is still well priced and totally worth it at full-price too.)
I know it may be hard to believe but just these 21 pieces = The Ultimate Minimalist Mom Wardrobe.
Ready? Here we go…
3 Styles of Super Soft Vintage Tees
I have no time for fabrics that wrinkle, snag or- heaven forbid- need to be dry-cleaned. I’m a cotton kind of girl. I like it a little distressed, very soft, oh-so-comfy and casually chic.
I’ve done my fair share of searching for the perfect vintage tee, which I finally found at Loft. They’re tees are the perfect blend of broken-in but still fitted, soft and stylish. And I love all the different cuts they come in. If I had to pick one outfit to wear for the rest of my life, a Loft tee would definitely be part of the ensemble.
My absolute favorite! The neckline is very flattering and I love the slight scoop of the hemline. At this price I’d highly recommend stocking up in every color.
I like going with long sleeve tees once the weather gets cooler but I’m really not a fan of how basic most look. This is such a nice solution with a unique split neck and versatile roll cuffs for interest. It’s a great piece simply paired with distressed jeans or joggers and layers really well too.
This is the classic tee gone fancy. With another split neck, dropped shoulders, and longer back, the pretty (and easy to wear) drape of this shirt makes it work equally well at the park or for Mom’s Night Out.
The Only 4 Pants You’ll Ever Need
Do you hear the angels singing?! That’s because my life-long search for the perfect jean is finally over. I wish I could properly express how much I truly love Madewell denim. Thick enough that it holds it’s shape all day long with just enough give to fit like a skinny jean should. Love. Love. Love. (So much so I bought two pairs while they’re on sale!) The rise is really great too. As much as I try to be fashion forward, I just can’t do the high-rise trend without feeling like I’m wearing “Mom Jeans”. These are high enough that you don’t have to deal with any of the problems that come with low-rise jeans but don’t venture into high-rise territory.
I’ve realized lately that distressed denim is my favorite kind of denim. Nothing too overboard- I don’t want to look like I just rolled out of bed to come volunteer at kindergarten after all. But a strategically placed tear or rip breaks things up just enough to give them visual interest. It makes me feel like I’m wearing cool girl jeans and not standard mom jeans. So right along with the Edmonton wash Madewell Skinny Sinny jeans, the Ripped Knee Edition is also a must.
Side Note: There is a super wide range in denim price points and I realize everyone has a different amount that they’re comfortable spending on a pair of jeans… for a true steal of a deal on distressed skinny jeans, also check out the Nordstrom SP Black Distressed Skinny Jean:
#3 Old Navy Womens Low Rise Rockstar Super Soft Knit Jeans in Earl Gray
Recently I was reading a fashion blog (or maybe listening to a podcast with a fashion blogger?) and the point was made that gray goes with everything. I’m really in love with using it as a neutral to take my laid back outfits up a notch and this pair comes with the bonus of supreme softness.
These are one of the few items on the list that aren’t on sale, but they’re still a great value. I just got a pair in charcoal heather and now I really want them in navy heather as well. These pants are so, so comfortable but so much cuter than your standard sweat pant. They’re really versatile too- wear ’em with the tees, sweatshirts, plaid and/or jean jacket featured here.
3 Best Button-Ups
Button-ups are ideal for layering because they can be used in so many ways- under, over, or all on their own.
I have always loved a good, roomy plaid shirt- so I’m always happy whenever they’re super hot again (which seems to happen over and over). I was also happy to discover how super soft this version from Old Navy is (especially at that price!).
The perfect chambray shirt has become a closet staple. It’s perfect for layering over tees, under vests, and even on top of other denim. I’m super picky about them, though. It’s just so easy to go from cool to country western. This version from Madewell is the perfect pale hue, just the right length, and I like that it has just the single pocket.
I kind of bought this shirt on a whim, because I liked the subtle anchor pattern so much. It’s a unique but super versatile layering piece and really, really comfortable too.
4 Layering Must-Haves
A good boyfriend cardigan is a total must for me. Mostly because I get cold a lot and a lightweight layer that I can easily cart around and throw on is super handy. The length and pretty buttons on this one are spot on.
This vintage zip hoodie is so light-weight and soft that it feels like butter. I think I wore it everyday for two weeks straight when I first got it. Great for moderate weather as well as layering when it gets cooler.
I’ve been wanting this vest forever and was so excited when I saw it went on sale. I love the pattern of the quilting as well as the pop of the gold zipper that adds just a little extra interest to my outfits. Most importantly it keeps me snug and warm all day long.
Denim as a wardrobe staple is definitely an ongoing theme here. Just like distressed skinny jeans and the chambray shirt, a jean jacket is a really versatile piece. And you just can’t beat the price.
2 Soft Sweatshirts + 1 Cozy Sweater
A take on the sweatshirt that brings it to a more refined level. I have it in blue and love the color as well as the soft drape. So light weight and easy to wear.
This is one of my favorite pieces because the “wicking technology” and the brushed inner fabric keeps me really warm and dry during my kids’ soccer games. And it just looks so much better than the average sweatshirt in the process. My go-to weekend outfit is to pair this with either my distressed jeans or french-terry joggers.
There’s just something about this time of year that makes a girl want to curl up in front of a fire with a nice cozy sweater. This one has a really interesting silhouette and will look great layered over a button up shirt or under a puffer vest.
4 Classics to Finish it All Off
I used to never wear earrings because they just felt too fancy for what I was wearing most days. Then a whole new type of delicate, slightly edgy mini-studs started to become popular and my feelings totally changed. These pretty mini bar (or “staple”) earrings are such a nice finishing touch for every outfit I wear.
How unbelievably exciting is it for moms that pairing skinny jeans or joggers with sneakers is the height of cool right now?! I am jumping on the trend and never jumping off! I’ve seen both the Nike Internationalist Sneaker and the New Balance 696 Sneaker all over instagram lately and am hoping a pair will be under the tree for me this year (wink, wink).
For those days you’re not feeling the lace-ups, there’s also these super cool Steve Madden slip-ons. Are you seeing another trend here? I’m a fan of quilting as well as denim. Along with being super convenient, say when trying to put on shoes while holding an 18-month-old, these are great for pulling together a cohesive outfit with the other picks on this list.
Side Note: If you’re looking for no-show socks to go with your new kicks, I just ordered these and am hoping they’ll fit the bill nicely.
Finally, it’s important to stay warm this time of year, especially when encouraging the kids to keep getting outside to be active. Just like the quilted puffer vest, this quilted jacket is a warm and stylish piece that will work with everything on the rest of this list.
P.S. Just also found out the Eddie Bauer Women’s MicroTherm StormDown Field Jacket is on sale! I am drooling over this coat.
And that’s it! Our 21 Piece Minimalist Mom Wardrobe and hundreds of dollars in savings. Get ’em while the gettin’s good!
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