Work Mom Essentials

3 May 2017

By Musa Bwanali
Our professional wardrobe requires key pieces that elevate our image but don’t break the bank. We need to look our best and the most efficient way to achieve this is by starting with basics to create a range of versatile work ensembles. Let’s face it: personal appearances matter. It’s no secret that studies show that what you’re wearing can make or break a first impression. Whether you’re meeting new clients or interviewing for a new position, you need to look and feel your best. No matter where you’re headed, why not arrive in style? These are the 10 essential items every working mom should have in her closet:

1. A Black Blazer Nothing says “I’m professional” like a blazer and gone are the days of the boring, boxy navy blue suit! A black blazer is a must-have for your wardrobe because you can wear it with literally anything in your wardrobe.
2. Fitting Black Pants As moms, our bodies have been through significant changes. Putting on pants we wore pre-babies doesn’t quite work. So invest in a pair of great fitting black pants that you can wear with your blazer for a professional look or with a printed blouse for a business casual outfit.
3. Black Pumps Every woman needs a great black pump. Wear them with your black suit to a meeting, with jeans for a night out, with a little black dress for fancy occasions and your versatile day dress for presentations.
4. Versatile Day Dress Wearing a dress is so easy and it’s a powerful statement piece as well – it says feminine and professional all at once. It’s also an easy wear because there’s nothing to fuss with – no shirt to tuck in, belt to buckle, shirt to button. Invest in a dress that can take you from the boardroom to the dining room of an upscale restaurant. Perfect for those days when you have an evening event right after work.
5. Delicate Statement Necklace Jewellery is the icing on the cake of a great outfit. Get a fun piece that adds just the right amount of polish – not too big, not too small – and adds a splash of colour.
6. Printed Silk Blouse The printed silk blouse is another must-have because when you’re unsure about what to wear, throw this on. You can wear this pretty print with a pair of jeans or with your suit.
7. Little Black Dress When that party invitation arrives, do you panic because you have nothing to wear? Do you run out and buy the first dress you try on because you’re pressed for time? Avoid the frustration and stress that comes with not having the Little Black Dress. Including this classic piece in your wardrobe means that you always have something to wear for every event. Change up the look by wearing it with a dazzling statement necklace for evening cocktail parties or with a cardigan sweater and pearl necklace for your next business lunch.
8. Leather Work Bag Remember the brief case? We’re constantly improving on fashion trends and thankfully, the work bag has been transformed! A leather work bag will carry all your necessary paperwork and business cards while adding a classic punch to your outfit.
9. Printed Scarf This is the easiest accessory to wear and it also keeps you warm! Scarves can liven up any outfit so have a good time and choose a great print. A favourite in the change of seasons.
10. Colour Cardigan For the days you just don’t feel like putting on a blazer, a colourful cardigan can also do the trick of helping you look more polished. For a pop of colour, choose something bright that can be worn with your black pants and t shirt with your delicate statement necklace or printed scarf. Hint, burgundy is the colour of the season.



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