mom-style monday

So I decided to start doing Mom-Style Monday because 1.) I love clothes. A lot.  And 2.) I wanted you to see the different outfits that work for me in my new stay-at-home-mom job. Some days I stay in yoga pants. But if I am wearing yoga pants, I’m wearing a J.Crew. ruffle tee on top and a pair of Bernardos.

In this job, comfort is of utmost importance. When the baby is really little you’re not leaving the house much– at least I’m not. But it’s likely that you’re going to have a few visitors, so it’s important to get dressed and look as good as you possibly can. The challenge is finding the time between feeding, burping, changing, crying, and napping to squeak in enough time to make yourself look presentable.

My closet used to be organized by color and I loved that. Now my closet is organized by activity. I have my Monday-Friday outfits that range from casual at home, casual shopping, professional (now just for Todd’s work events), church, and date nights. It’s easiest for me to pull from the area with the category that fits my mood rather than sort through all of my black shirts looking for the one that’s going to work for me on that day.

Each week, I’m going to show you my favorite outfit in my online shopping cart. This week I’m focusing on pretty layers and manageable style.

Layers are crucial because, at any given moment, that precious baby boy could spit up all over my shoulder and I need to be able to take off a cardigan and be good to go without having to go home and find something else to wear. So here’s what I’m loving this week– all from J.Crew, of course.

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the Jackie Cardigan

I like the Jackie Cardigan because it’s cotton and can be worn with everything. I have it in four different colors and J.Crew has the Jackie in their collection every year. It never goes out of style. For this outfit, I like it in white or navy.

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the Ruffle Tuxedo Shirt

This shirt comes in four different solid colors and I already own the white one, but I love the stripe for my mom-style. It’s a little bit more casual, but has just enough flare to make a really beautiful outfit that appears to be low fuss. If I get hot, I can take off the Jackie Cardigan and if Hudson spits up on the Jackie Cardigan, I’m already wearing something beautiful underneath it with this tuxedo shirt.

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Stretch Bootcut Cord

Stretch is key here. I’ve got to be able to get down on the floor and lie down, then get back up while holding a 15 pound baby. There’s lots of movement all day at the house, so I need something durable that can move with me. The Matchstick Cord is my favorite, but they’re not all that flattering on me, so I get the bootcut version. I like this color because it’s not going to show any dog hair and can be worn with lots of tops.

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Colleen Rose Flats

Gorgeous. With two dogs and a baby, however, I wear my brown Danskos in the fall more than anything else. I’ve got to be able to get out with the dogs and not worry about messing up any shoes. If we are leaving the house to go shopping or to lunch, though, I would wear these Colleen Rose Flats with the above outfit.

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Gilded Tulip Earrings

My hair ends up in a ponytail on most days. It’s so long and when I’m holding Hudson he always seems to wrap his little fingers around my hair and hold on tight. Ouch! So I just pull it into a loose ponytail. I cannot wear a ponytail without wearing earrings, but I can’t wear dangly earrings for obvious reasons. The shorter the better so they don’t get ripped out of my ears! I think these are adorable.

Next week I’ll show you what I look like on a day where I can’t find any time to get myself put together and show you some good options for loungewear that you wouldn’t mind your neighbor seeing you in!

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  1. FREAKIN’ LOVE the Colleen Rose flats… contemplating getting those + Nanette red rosette heels! And I need to try that tuxedo button down – might be a new Kate Essential as well!

  2. I’m no mother but I just have to say, I love all this. You have such great taste and sense of fashion!!! :)

  3. What a cute idea! I love all of those outfits, I have never been much of a JCrew person, but I always like the outfits that you post that are from there.

  4. April says:

    E, I love that you’re doing this!!! Will you please be my personal shopper – you are amazing! Or at least auction all the pieces in your closet you’re no longer fond of; they’d be snatched up in minutes. xoxox. : )

  5. You are the most uber-chic of all mamas!!! Love all of the above. I can’t wait to have the holes in my ears redone so I can wear earrings like the Gilded tulip. Love those!

  6. Jenn Lazor says:

    Wonderful idea. You have amazing taste! What type of Danskos do you own? I have been thinking of getting these for awhile now but have been unsure of what style. Have a blessed day.

  7. I LOVE every piece! So cute! I’m having so much trouble with not feeling like a frump around the house. And ready just in case someone comes by (or just for myself=)) I’ve been wanting those cords too, and great idea on the earrings, so cute!

  8. Such cute ideas. I am not a SAHM…yet, but this is such good info to have for when that day comes. I refuse to turn my style into frumpy once I have kids.

  9. i love those stretch cords! I am all about comfort :)

  10. Such cute outfits! I love your great finds! :)

  11. Molly says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. You know I’m not a SAHM, but I need help. I’ve got my work clothes down to a science, but let’s just say that Sat-Sun and date nights are a disaster for me (especially after living in a bathing suit most of the Summer). I’ll be glued to the computer screen on Mondays.

  12. A Walk with the Marshalls says:

    Love it all. Its perfect. I have a serious itch for Autumn and that just made it worse. I am all about matching up scarves with my outfits too. They can really dress up a casual shirt and jeans plus that added warmth is just wonderful. I’m crossing my fingers your hubby surprises you with some of the above :)

  13. You are one stylin’ mama!! The layering tip is a good one. Good call!

  14. I love that Jackie Cardigan and those flats :) Too cute!

  15. CUUUUTE outfits! Ive always been a fan of the J. Crew look, but Ive never really worn it. Those earrings are really cute too!

  16. you are one stylin’ mama!! Love all of your shopping cart picks!! Hope you have a great week! = )

  17. What a great idea! I love all the choices…and now I’m hankering for fall so I can wear a cardigan without sweating!! :)

  18. I am loving this feature so far! I swear I need to be nominated for What Not to Wear. These outfits seem resonable for us mommies.

  19. I love the outfit. J.Crew has so many classic looks. I just went there this weekend and picked up a few things. :)

  20. Oh my goodness. Now I have to go to J. Crew immediately! Those shirts are absolutely adorable!!!

  21. very cute stuff!

  22. I’m not a mom, but I think we could still shop together.

  23. love all these items!! so cute :)

  24. Love them all. I always picture myself in sweats and a tee shirt with really unruly hair after the baby comes….but I like your idea better:)

  25. I am loving ALL of these items!! What a fun idea you have with these posts, too! J.Crew gets me into TROUBLE!!! I need those shoes and ruffled shirt!!!

  26. Thanks for starting these posts! I have been wondering what I will do to get my post baby “uniform” in order and seeing your ideas is great!

  27. Fabulous finds! You’ve got to be the cutest mom in your neighborhood. I’m excited to see what you’re wearing every week.

    And you’re right, even as someone who isn’t a mom, a cardigan is a go to piece in any girl’s wardrobe…always perfect for layering and never out of style!

  28. Becky says:

    This is an AWESOME idea! Keep it up! Even for those of us moms who have to work, this gives us a lot of ideas of how to stay out of sweats on the weekends! THANK YOU!

  29. Love this post! :) And I like how you organize your closet now! I organize by color, too, but might just have to mix it up a bit! :)

  30. I love the outfit, I might have to pick it up this weekend:)

  31. Hi Erin,
    I am also a new mom (Jackson is 7 months now!) and I LOVE your advice about wearing earrings with a ponytail. Sounds so simple, but it really jazzes things up a bit. I have long hair, so I can’t leave it down when I’m playing with him (or it will be PULLED!!). But it feels frumpy to have my hair back all the time. This week I took your advice about the earrings and I felt cuter when I was bumping around the house.

    Thanks!!
    Amy

  32. Elena says:

    Erin, I am so new to the blogging world and excited to be on this new journey. Your site has changed my life for the better. I just went to JCrew today and bought two Jackies and some T’s. My clothing world has turned into yoga pants and it’s time for a major change! I’m a SAHM and in the process of getting myself back after falling in love with being a new MOMMY and forgetting all about me – I’m looking forward to all your thoughts as I follow you – my new favorite Mommy!

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