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Toddler Momma Style and How It Changes Over Time

For the past seven years, I’ve worked in an office.  Suits and shift dresses and finally, nice jeans with a blouse on casual Friday.  I was in sales for six years and then an administrative assistant for a high-powered vice president, so much of my wardrobe was selected with the notion that I was the “face” of the company.  I needed to be clean, professional, modest, and pretty.  I wore slacks and tights in winter and kept my shoulders covered.  I kept my hair modest and my makeup subtle and my tattoo covered.

So when I became a stay-at-home momma and then quickly turned into a work-from-home momma, my style took an EPIC nose-dive.  Here’s the thing – I don’t have “casual” clothes.  I have office clothes and I have grunge clothes for cleaning house and running around a park.  I had one pair of jeans to my name when I came home for good back in January and my casual shoes are a pair of well-worn New Balance sneakers.

I felt out-of-place on the playground, either looking overdressed or homeless.  Everything I owned felt too stuffy for playing trains on the floor, but I didn’t want to live in yoga pants and old sorority tshirts, either.  So I decided to consign a few of my office clothes (goodbye, silk tops!  goodbye, wool skirts!) and purchase some more laid-back clothes.

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  • Skinny jeans 1 of 9
    Skinny jeans
    These look so cute with flats or boots & can be worn anywhere!
    Photo Credit: Old Navy
  • Maxi skirt 2 of 9
    Maxi skirt
    I love this one because it's cotton & machine-washable. Dress it up or down!
    Photo Credit: Old Navy
  • Open cardigans 3 of 9
    Open cardigans
    My favorite part is how they are longer & help cover my "muffin top."
    Photo Credit: Old Navy
  • Summer scarves. 4 of 9
    Summer scarves.
    Just adding a little sass to the plain tees & jeans.
    Photo Credit: Old Navy
  • A few cute shirts. 5 of 9
    A few cute shirts.
    Open & breezy, but with cute prints that can be worn with a skirt or jeans.
    Photo Credit: Old Navy
  • A hoodie. 6 of 9
    A hoodie.
    For those rainy mornings inside where all I want is my coffee cup.
    Photo Credit: Old Navy
  • Basic tshirt 7 of 9
    Basic tshirt
    This is the new staple of my wardrobe - I have the same shirt in about 5 colors, so I just pick the color & toss on a pair of jeans. It's clean & pretty with very little thought.
    Photo Credit: Old Navy
  • Long, dainty necklaces. 8 of 9
    Long, dainty necklaces.
    I just love how they add a little sparkle. Plus, toddlers are old enough to not mess with them!
    Photo Credit: Old Navy
  • Comfy shoes 9 of 9
    Comfy shoes
    Goodbye, dress heels! Hello, loafers & flip flops.
    Photo Credit: Old Navy

I’m not a “fashionista,” but these clothes are very comfy and very much my style as a busy momma.

How would you describe your momma style?

Beth Anne writes words & takes pictures on The Heir to Blair.
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