Hey mamas! It’s time to simplify your closet without sacrificing style or function and we’re here to help. Below are our recommended mom essentials to create your very own mom lifestyle capsule wardrobe!
The mom life is an active, messy and fulfilling life. The last thing you need is for your attire to get in the way of chasing your kids around the park, joining in on an art project or playing make-believe. We polled the most stylish moms we knew to find out what’s needed for a functional yet stylish mom capsule wardrobe.
As a busy mom, you have way more important things to worry about than finding an outfit. A capsule wardrobe is meant to contain essential pieces that can easily be mixed, matched and layered. If well designed, the capsule will simplify your wardrobe and save you time and energy every morning! Our capsule aims for quality over quantity. We chose high quality pieces and brands that can hold up against your day to day. As Maia Moda grows, we hope to have all the go to pieces for your whole capsule, however, since our collection is still blossoming - we’ve compiled the very best we could find. This capsule is meant for the regular mom days. We have a larger series specific to pregnancy, breastfeeding and some upcoming ones for work days, vacations and date nights with lots of overlap built in!
- Perfect Mom T-Shirts (5)
- Jeans (2)
- Black Legging (2)
- Oversized All Purpose Sweater (1)
- All day Pajamas (1)
- Mom Approved Bag (1)
- Sneakers (1)
Perfect Mom T-Shirt
It’s the holy grail, the perfect t-shirt that looks good, doesn’t break the bank and can withstand the mom lifestyle. Who doesn’t love the sexy white t-shirt and jeans look? We would recommend you have at least five, but if you have more, they won’t go to waste. We are big fans of the oversized tees, they can hide any body imperfections and are a little more chic than your basic tee. Aritzia makes them in a beautifully lux soft fabric. Another goodie is the Everlane. They make a high quality, slimmer fit version. For another everyday shirt, Madewell has a well cut v-neck. We have found they can break down after a while, but for the price - it works.
Jeans are a mom wardrobe staple, so be sure to have at least 2. For the first, we'd recommend a modern pair that cuts at the ankles and includes those expensive but sexy knee rips, like this one from seven for all man kind. If anyone can rock the knee rips, it's moms; they go perfectly with all the chaos of raising kids. For pair number 2, a classic high cut jean will do the trick. The high cut style looks great with a tucked in t-shirt, we love this one.
The Black legging is a must, the stretchy fabric can withstand your marathon stroller walks and ensure your legs are looking their best. We secretly believe the athleisure trend was started by us mamas… perfect for everyday and keeps your behind looking fine! We would invest in a more sporty legging like this one from Lululemon as well as a basic one which can be elevated for a night out.
The Oversized All Purpose Sweater
Everyone needs an all purpose sweater that can be layered over almost any outfit. It reminds me of the sweater that was always hanging on the teacher’s chair and came off and on throughout the semester. This can be an investment piece, like this one by J. Crew or this one by Zadig and Voltaire but we promise you won’t regret it. A good sweater can really pull your outfit together and hide any pesky stains!
All Day Pajama
Sometimes those pajamas stay on all day! Between the never ending late night wakings (no one tells you it continues past the baby stage) to the lazy Sundays, a comfortable pair of pajamas is a well deserved mama treat. We love Eberjey, they couldn’t be softer and you can even get away with fetching the mail in them.
Mom Approved Bag
Even after the diaper bag stage, you still need a catch all bag for mom life. We absolutely love MZ Wallace. It’s chic, large, has lots of pockets and is easy to clean. It’s truly a gorgeous bag that can also serve as a work tote and more - this bag really goes the distance.
If you are more of a minimalist, believe it or not, fanny packs are making a comeback. Even high end brands like Prada are getting into the game. However, if you don’t want to break the bank, we love this one and this one. It’s perfect for fitting just the basics: credit cards, cash and wipes. Sometimes it’s nice not lugging around a bag that’s heavier than your child!
No mom can get away without a pair of super versatile sneakers. They can be paired with anything from a cute dress to denim jeans! The classic nike black (currently on sale) won’t disappoint, but if you want something a little more original we love New Balances 460. A simple pair of white sneakers is a classy look too. We love the lightweight version from Cole Haan. They sell out quickly, so if you see your size… shop and run!
So… did our essentials make your list? Let us know in the comments as we’d love to know what makes up your wardrobe capsule! Don’t forget to check out the pregnancy and breastfeeding editions!
MAIA MODA Co-Founder