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A Chic Busy Mom Outfit You Can Wear On Repeat This Fall

Busy Mom Outfit Idea

If you are anything like me, you can easily add the title, “professional juggler” to your name. You juggle kids, spouses, houses, cleaning, cooking, schedules… It’s tough to look stylish on top of all that. It really is! It’s SO much simpler to throw on your comfy, oversized ‘not-so-cute’ sweats from 10 years ago and call it a day. But, putting in a little extra effort will make getting through your busy schedules feel a heck of a lot better! I promise!

Now, that my kids are getting older, their schedules are INSANE. I feel like I spend half the day in the car. No joke. Can you relate to taxi mom? (By the way, if you have kids out of the nest, resist the urge to tell moms that they will miss their taxi driving days. It’s kind of like when moms tell you to enjoy every minute when the kids are little.)  Here’s the thing, I don’t love spending this much of my day in the car. Full stop. BUT, when I get dressed in something cute, it feels a heck of a lot better and easier to accomplish the laundry list of to-do’s.

I always try to put looks together that are stylish, but also functional. An outfit needs to be able to effortlessly transition from my desk to school drop-off, to running errands to school pick up to lacrosse practice. Below, I’m sharing my go-to busy mom outfit idea that you’ll wear on repeat this fall…

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Busy Mom Outfits

My busy mom outfits must be comfortable, AND cute! Your needs might be different depending on your kiddos’ ages. For example, someone with smaller children will have different needs than someone with teen or pre-teen children. Luckily, this casual outfit will work for all moms!

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SWEATER | FOR LESS | JEANS | FOR LESS | SNEAKERS | FOR LESS | BAG | FOR LESS | NECKLACE | FOR LESS | BRACELET | SUNGLASSES | FOR LESS

Comfortable Sweater

The first step to the perfect, chic, busy mom outfit for fall…is a comfortable top or sweater. There are a few things you need to consider though:

1) Neckline – If you have younger kids, you might want a crewneck rather than a v-neck.
2) Length – Longer hemlines will feel more manageable and easier to move around in
3) Material – Can you run around and feel comfortable for hours without getting hot or cold?
I would also consider layering as the temperature can change quite a bit throughout a day. You never know when you might have a hot flash sneak attack!

This gorgeous green AllSaints sweater checks all of the boxes for me! It is the perfect color and length for leaving untucked or doing the half-tuck. It’s soft and warm (cashmere blend) which is essential during the cooler months in Colorado. I absolutely LOVE the color, but it comes in 5 other colors too. And the distressed look of the raw hem adds interest and edge to the sweater. It has a roomy fit but it’s not too oversized. I love it paired with jeans but it would also look great with a midi skirt or trousers.

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Functional Jeans / Pants

Next up, you’ll need a pair of pants or jeans that are not only comfortable, but functional! When it comes to jeans, I need the denim to feel like it’s holding me in but also has a little stretch so I feel comfortable. I also prefer a high rise (in jeans and pants). These Mother jeans have the perfect amount of stretch and high (11”) rise. I love the lighter wash, minimal distressing around the knees, and edgy raw hem. They have a 28” inseam and flattering slight flare that’s kind of hard to see in these photos.

BTW, please don’t overlook the view from our deck. This is my absolute favorite view and it never gets old!!

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Best Sneakers for Busy Moms

Do you remember these sneakers from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? I loved them so much I bought them in two colors (black and light sand). These sneakers are SO cool and very comfortable! I’ve styled them mostly with jeans, but you could easily wear them with a casual dress or leggings. They also come in a slimmer “retro runner” version if you don’t see your size.

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Practical, But Special Handbag

Now that my kids are older, I’ve gotten away from having to carry the giant tote full of my kids’ stuff and love being able to carry smaller bags. But depending on your kiddos’ age, you might need a larger or smaller handbag. For example, if you have younger kids, you’ll probably want a bigger, chic tote.
This Paco Rabanne bag is a great everyday bag for anyone who needs to carry just the essentials (phone, small wallet, keys, lipstick, etc.). It’s the perfect mix of classic and trendy, has an adjustable shoulder strap, and sleek hardware. And I love the sophisticated geometric look! I also strategically targeted bags with silver hardware because I only have black bags with gold detailing.

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Dial It Up with Accessories

Accessories can completely change the look of an outfit…and that’s true for all outfits, not just your mom-iform! To add a little oomph to this look, I added a cool Paco Rabanne necklace, Open Edit bracelet, and some glam Celine sunglasses. The necklace is silver, which I don’t wear all that often, but felt pulled to add some more silver into my wardrobe recently.  The 3-strand necklace gives a lot of impact while still feeling very wearable. The bracelet is super versatile and has mixed metals (both gold and silver) so you don’t have to worry about what hardware you have on your bag or other jewelry. It’s a great, everyday piece and easy to get on and off.

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More Casual Mom Outfits

For more ideas, try out these casual outfit formulas…

  1. Sweater + Joggers + Lugged Sole Boots – You could also swap the booties for sneakers!
  2. Bomber Jacket + Jeans + Tee/Sweater – Also consider a chic, standout trench
  3. Blazer + Camisole + Jeans + Sneakers – Adding a blazer will always make you look (and feel) more put together.
  4. Button Down + Jeans + Comfy shoes – Whether you’re wearing booties, heels, or sneakers, a button down makes you look polished.
  5. Cardigan + Tee + Jeans + Chelsea Booties – For a dressier look, wear stiletto booties. The key is to keep a pair of comfortable sneakers in your car so you can change quickly when you’re going from running errands to dinner.

What is your go-to casual mom outfit? Let us know in the comments below!

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How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
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After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of well over 1 million dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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9 thoughts on “A Chic Busy Mom Outfit You Can Wear On Repeat This Fall

  1. Can you leave some other bootie options? I am just not sure that $1,000 boots are accessible for most moms. The link you shared still shows the Theo Bootie, which is quite pricey. Thanks!

  2. Hi Beautiful Erin..
    Love all your looks..
    My fav is the velcro roller look

    Why, because you show us , You are like us. You are real. Love you Girl????????????

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