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Mom Life/Work Life – How to Dress for Both

Mom Life/Work Life – How to Dress for Both






Last night I had the pleasure of speaking at the Vancity Business Babes #Mompreneurmingle event at Sky Hangar (which is an incredible venue for a networking event!). I attended last year’s event, and have continued to support Danielle on her journey of bringing local female entrepreneurs together. Danielle thrives off of collaborations, connections and seeing friendships form through business networking. This evening in particular is my favourite, for the reason that you are connecting with like minded MOMS, who can understand the juggling act of balancing both home life and work. It is a great way to share our stories, tips, tricks, trials and tribulations. The panel of speakers was comprised of three local moms in business, hosted by the ever so lovely Codi.

Before the panel began, I shared some tips with the ladies on ways to dress for both lifestyles; to eliminate the two closet issue. Bella & Wren was gracious enough to supply clothing for the event (including this Scotch & Soda beauty that I (may) have to keep ;-)) which couldn’t have been more perfect as the store has a world of options when it comes to outfits. I styled three looks; all suited for women who aspire to take their look from day to night, home to work, week to weekend, and beyond.

After I arrived home from the event and could not for the life of me shut my brain off for the evening in hopes to have a restful sleep, I started to think of a few more tips for women building multi-purpose wardrobes. Here is a recap of what I shared with the group last night, as well as a few more tips..

  1. Functionality is key – Clothing needs to be easy to wear. Stay away from styles that need adjusting, and have limited stretch and mobility while wearing it. Silk looks and feels beautiful, but is just not practical for moms. Focus on finding machine washable materials.
  2. Versatility is a MUST – If a piece can carry you through the day without you having to ask yourself “is this style appropriate for ___”, you will wear it more often. Take note of lengths, silhouettes and necklines. Get creative by finding ways to recreate your outfits in different ways by changing up the pairings, playing with different layering techniques and trading out accessories.
  3. Footwear makes a difference – Avoid limiting yourself with a piece by ensuring your bottoms (or dress) can be worn with multiple types of footwear. If your outfit is practical enough to wear while on mom duty, a simple switch of the footwear is a much easier trade out. Short booties with a stacked heel (easy for walking), or a cute pointed toe flat will allow you to avoid changing altogether.
  4. Build with a few key basics – A sleeveless or short sleeved tank (in a dressier looking material), cropped trouser, good fitting denim, lightweight open cardigan, a classic LBD, and a blazer or tailored jacket. These timeless classics are the perfect base for building a successful wardrobe; items that every woman should have in her wardrobe. They can all be worn through every season, and for any kind of lifestyle.
  5.  Timeless over trendy – The forever changing styles in fast fashion make it overwhelming to decide what to invest in, and what to enjoy from afar. As moms, we have very little time to shop (if any), so the time spent is precious, and needs to be productive. Focusing on the classics is the safer bet; you will see more use out of those pieces, and let’s face it, that is the end goal!


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