Style on the Go

Today marks the first segment in our Fashion Friday Challenge where we tackle some of your burning fashion topics. Today’s topic is how to remain stylish as a busy mom. This topic is near and dear to my heart because at one time I was the mother of twin toddlers (they are now 13) and it was all I could do to remember to brush my hair when the time came to hit the road. Lucky for me I found a few simple pieces that mixed and matched well so that I could be ready for any occasion at a moments notice.
Start with the Basics
If your basics are not right, style will never come. Invest in a minimal amount of bottoms as those will be the least memorable item in your wardrobe so they can be recycled in other looks. Choose a black trouser, a dark washed trouser jean, a grey and khaki slack for dressy occasions. Then, choose a chino style khaki pant, a skinny jean in a dark washed denim and black and a casual denim capri as the foundation of your wardrobe. Look for fabrics that wash well and are wrinkle free whenever possible. The less time spent ironing, the better. Choose one piece with interesting detail, in this collection that piece is the cream top with the tie at the waist. It is an excellent alternative to a plain top.
Select a Variety of Layering Pieces
Your layering pieces are where you can incorporate a slight bit of trend in your wardrobe. In this collection, the aqua cardigan is in the hot color for spring and can be worn with both the casual and dressy bottoms. The trick to choosing layering pieces is select ones that would be appropriate in both a casual and dressy setting giving each piece more value and less cost per wear. Also,  look for classic cuts in your layering like the tailored blazer with the black piping. Those will last in your wardrobe year after year.
Select a Variety of Accessories
The easiest way to bring your look to the next level as a busy mom is to invest in your accessory collection. These are easy, inexpensive ways to add variety and incorporate the latest color of the season.
Creating a fashion forward style is all about starting with the correct foundation and then layering and accessorizing with the seasons hottest colors. Once you have chosen the correct pieces, the next step is to simply rock it with ease.
Tune in next week as we continue our Fashion Friday style challenge. Feel free to leave a comment with your fashion challenges for a chance to have your questions answered by the experts. The collection is an example of a great silhouette combination. Look for versions of these pieces at stores like Target, Khols, Macy’s, JCrew, or Banana Republic. They have affordable prices and great coupon policies.
Linking With
Style on the Go

Monsoon striped top
monsoon.co.uk

A Wear knit top
$24 – awear.com

Modstrom animal shirt
$105 – welikefashion.com

Vivienne westwood anglomania
$475 – net-a-porter.com

Coast peplum top
$110 – coast-stores.com

James Perse slim fit shirt
$200 – jades24.com

Cardigan
$40 – laredoute.fr

Guess shirt
$105 – zalando.co.uk

American Vintage tall shirt
$29 – nelly.com

Vero Moda red cropped cardigan
$23 – welikefashion.com

DAY Birger et Mikkelsen beaded shirt
$200 – theoutnet.com

Strenesse Blue cotton jacket
$410 – zalando.co.uk

Dsquared
$435 – farfetch.com

Chloé wide leg pants
$370 – farfetch.com

Ted Baker skinny leg pants
tedbaker-london.com

About @mfashforward

I am a fashion obsessed working mom of twin teenagers. I have spent my career in the retail industry dressing others on a daily basis. Now, I must strike a delicate balance by remaining fashion forward and having my teenagers still acknowledge my existence. Follow me on a journey into my fashion world.

Posted on January 18, 2013, in Affordable, Bargain Shopping, Casual Friday, Fashion, Fashion Friday, Fashion Trends, Shopping, Style, Stylist and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Very cute and versatile outfits! Dropping by from the Aloha Friday blog hop. Have a fabulous weekend!

    Michell @Prowess and Pearls
    http://www.prowessandpearls.blogspot.com

  2. I like that you put links up for the items!

  3. Just found you from the blog hop and subscribed to your blog-nice to meet you!

  4. Blog hopping and this is perfect topic for me as evidenced in my blog’s post today. Have a great weekend, I’ll be in my closet purging!

  5. Love the ideas, cause I am fashionbackwards. Happy Friendship Friday!

  6. Here via Sitscomm linky fest! I like the point about the basics having not to stand out. We tend to go for the glitzy fun stuff in shops but forget that it’s actually more important to buy ‘boring’ clothes! So that we have something to wear WITH the glitzy fun stuff! 🙂

  7. I love this post. I absolutely love fashion but sometimes working from home doesn’t allow me to be fashionable so whenever I know I have to go out, I jump at the chance to throw something cool on even if we are just gong to the local Publix. I never got why moms would go to the supermarket with a full face of makeup but now I know why! 🙂

  8. I love love love love love that orange sweater! LOVE!

  9. Gorgeous outfits! I am 8 months pregnant and am so ready to buy clothes again! Can’t wait to look cute with all these “layering” tips. Thanks! Stopping by from #SITSSharefest

  10. Fab picks! Thanks for leaving links to them all as well

  11. Love these tips!! And every single one of them I need to do lol. Since I’ve been sick, I’ve become the frumpiest franny ever.

  12. I enjoy reading posts on your blog and have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Award – to accept please go to http://dedivahdeals.com/2013/01/19/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  13. Of course the one I love the most is $475! Figures…I definitely need to accessorize more. Love the outfits you put together.

    Thank you for linking your favorite post to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured 🙂

    xoxo
    Lanaya
    http://www.raising-reagan.com

  14. I love these outfits, I need to become more fashionably!

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.
    Leslie
    http://www.violetimperfection.com

  15. I love layering! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

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