10 wardrobe essentials for every modern mother
The words ‘motherhood’ and ‘style’ are no longer mutually exclusive. You only need to look at Kate Middleton, Victoria Beckham, Gisele Bündchen, Beyonce, Miranda Kerr or Gwen Stefani to see that mums are more fashion forward than ever.
While you may not have the luxury of time or energy on your side, you can still step out this Mother’s Day feeling a million dollars with little effort. We’re here to ensure all mother’s, no matter your age, time constraints or lifestyle; can invest in classic, fuss-free pieces that reflect your personal style, without breaking the budget.
Whether you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and beyond, we all deserve to look and feel our best. If an eye for fashion doesn’t come naturally, let us point you in the right direction. Here are 10 wardrobe essentials for every Mum to invest in this May.
Revoir's 10 style essentials for fashion-forward mums
1. A plain white tee
This trusty staple is an essential in every woman’s wardrobe. Layer it under knitwear, tuck it into a skirt, tie it up at the back or front, or let it hang loosely over some denim cut offs. White will always make you feel fresh, crisp, and modern no matter how many grubby fingers are pawing at you. Stand out brands include Everlane, Bassike and Jac + Jack.
2. Ballet Flats
Equal parts chic and comfort, a great pair of ballet flats will have every busy mum tackling the day ahead with ease. Great for mothers juggling the school pickup, shopping, work and their own social calendar. Pair with ankle-length or 7/8 slim pants, or a midi skirt in summer. Ballet flats are incredibly versatile, and you’ll end up wearing them more than you might realise; so invest in quality and choose a shape and colour that reflects your personal style.
3. A tailored blazer
Let’s take a leaf from the French fashion rule book. French women appreciate the tailored blazer as a wardrobe staple that can be worn with just about anything. Not only does a great blazer pull an outfit together, it’ll last for decades and ensures you never feel underdressed. Remember that plain white tee we spoke about? Add a navy blazer and skinny leg jeans, and you’ve taken your outfit to the next level. Just make sure your blazer is a perfect fit around the shoulders, not too long in the arms and pulls in at the waist. French brand, MAJE, do a stunning wool and leather blazer, perfect for the winter months ahead.
4. Striped Breton tee
Not many items look good with everything from a pencil skirt to leather pants to oversized boyfriend jeans. This nautical style, in navy and white stripes encapsulates a sporty yet elegant look that works all year round. Ralph Lauren and Paul Smith do it best but for more affordable options head to Scotch & Soda, Country Road or Bassike.
5. Tailored black pants
Every woman needs a pair of tailored black pants they can throw on anytime that elevates their outfit from casual to effortlessly stylish. Opt for high-rise, cropped, slim or wide leg depending on your body shape and silhouette. Pair with a silk blouse for smart casual or a simple tee for a relaxed weekend look.
6. Dark denim
Dark denim is more forgiving, more slimming and more flattering than lighter shades of denim, making them a great choice for mums wanting to feel confident and comfortable when they step out the door. A pair of quality dark denim jeans will be a wardrobe staple you consistently turn to, day after day, so make sure you invest the time finding the perfect pair. Choose a mid-high waistline and pockets that flatter your derrière. Need more advice on finding the perfect pair of jeans? Check out this article.
7. A classic white shirt
Much like the perfect pair of jeans, you need to invest some time into finding a classic white shirt. However, when you find the one that suits your bust and shape, this item will give back tenfold for years to come. With so many styles to choose from, there really is something for every modern woman and mother. The luxury fashion houses all do their own versions, but if you’re looking for something closer to home, Witchery run the ‘White Shirt Campaign’ every year with one dollar of every purchase going to Ovarian Cancer Research. Look good and feel good about your next purchase.
8. Cashmere Sweater
Once you invest in a beautiful cashmere sweater, you’ll wonder what you ever did without one. Perfect for layering in winter and breathable enough to be worn between seasons, a cashmere sweater is like a warm hug each and every time you put it on. So simple yet so stylish and I guarantee it will go with everything you already own. Crew neck or V-neck and available in every colour of the rainbow; take your pick and make it yours.
9. Silk Scarf
A silk scarf is a chic accessory that automatically elevates any outfit. Invest in a scarf that is 100% silk, a breathable fabric that will keep you layered in winter and cool enough to wear through summer. Hermes, Louis Vuitton or Christian Dior have a stunning collection of silk scarves for all occasions.
10. Leather handbag
For busy mums, you need a leather bag big enough to carry all your (and your kid’s) essentials, and also be sturdy enough to withstand everyday wear and tear. A black leather tote by the likes of Phillip Lim, Louis Vuitton or Michael Kors will not only look stylish but will last for years to come.
There you have it. 10 wardrobe staples for all the stylish mum’s we know and love. There’s no excuse not to treat yourself this Mother’s Day so head to Revoir and pick a designer essential you’ll love for years to come!