7 Essential Pieces For a Nonstop 9 to 9
Whether you're a full-time mom, executive, or both, your position requires attention, dedication, and countless hours — and a wardrobe that gets the job done. When you're on the move all day, you need pieces that are efficient, comfortable, and versatile to support you in any role, in the office or outside of it. Here, we tapped our very own executive style director, mother of two and ultimate woman on the go Dana Avidan Cohn, to help you narrow down your new essentials. From no-nonsense pants to walkable shoes, keep reading for the staples that will last you all day and beyond.
A Luxe Jacket
We all know that the fastest way to feeling your best is looking your best. And nothing says "totally pulled-together" like a sleek black jacket. Top off your look with this faux leather option ($78) for instant polish. Its versatility doesn't hurt, either. "A black leather jacket goes with virtually everything," Dana noted. "It makes getting out the door on a busy morning easy."
A Detailed Blouse
The right details can make all the difference. Swap your usual white button-down for an elegant henley blouse ($40) that features delicate lace insets and a flowy georgette fabric. It strikes the perfect balance between demure for daytime and romantic for evening. Dana agrees: "White shirts look crisp for the office but can also work for drinks or dinner, especially in a silky fabric."
"When you're a mom, you're always in a hurry, rushing to work or rushing to pick-ups," Dana shared. "Having shoes you can walk in is a must." Her pick? A pair of classic ballet flats ($50) with standout touches. The dainty bow combined with the metallic heel detail adds a modern touch and helps to elevate your look if you plan to transition them into nighttime.
A pair of power pants is the ultimate wardrobe must have. The slimming cut of these black skinny dress pants ($48) is ultraflattering, while the neutral hue ensures they can be dressed up or down. "These are easy to layer with a longer top and flats for a casual but busy day," Dana recommended.
A Pull-On-and-Go Sweater
Achieving the effortless vibe is easy when you've got a luxurious knit sweater ($120) that looks good tossed over everything. The cashmere construction is timeless, while the slightly slouchy silhouette lends a stylish flair. "There's something really chic about a solid pullover and tailored pants," Dana said. "It looks great with modern metal jewelry and a pair of aviators."
A Chic Carry-All
Most moms can agree that your bag is your lifeline — it may as well look good! A structured black tote ($59) holds your necessities and more for a full day, and the subtle gold hardware on this particular piece keeps it sophisticated. "I like a bag that's big enough to carry my laptop and comfortable flats if I need them," Dana revealed. "I also keep little toys in my bag in case I want to take the kids out for a last-minute meal."
You don't need to sacrifice style for comfort, and that's especially true of these sleek pointed-toe heels ($50). The rich velvet texture is a nod to current trends, while the walkable three-inch heel can easily keep up as your day bleeds into night. As Dana confirms, "Heels look polished for the office or for heading out to a dinner after work."