The temperature hit 62 balmy degrees yesterday, which brought the promise of eventually packing my black cardigans away until fall.

When I was a stay at home mom, my wardrobe varied little from season to season. It had little variety, but it was very affordable.

Going back to work forced me to re-evaluate my wardrobe. Yoga pants were not going to cut it in my job. And while I adore my t-shirt depicting the chemical formula for caffeine, I don’t think it is the most business casual-friendly shirt that I own.

While I would have loved to whip out the credit card and go on a wild work-clothes shopping spree, the practical side of me knew that was unwise.

So I bought a few practical pieces that would work throughout the spring and summer seasons.

There are some personal shopping services that will do some of the leg-work for working moms, however, I fall outside of their size parameters. Let’s face it, it is not as fun to dress up bigger girls. While I am working on shedding some of my excess, I know that this will be a long process.

So, here is my spring wardrobe advice for my friends with a bit more jiggle than the average lady 🙂

I’ve tried all kinds of dress pants, from specialty stores, to clearance racks. I keep coming back to my Worthington pants from JCP. This Fall I added a black pair and a brown plaid to my collection and this spring I will add this nice neutral heather (and on sale to boot!), and I will replace my grey pants from Lane Bryant that fit me like a sack. These Worthington pants wash up beautifully, have a nice 33 inseam for my long legs and have very nice blind hem tape for those who have a shorter inseam (alterations will be easier). I’m officially done looking for other pants and will slowly but surely replace all of my other pants that pull, gape, pill or make me look gross.

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Let’s face it, ladies, nice pants make us feel GOOD! (and these pants feel like my beloved yoga pants, while helping me look like a professional fundraiser!)

I also think that a black pencil skirt fills out a spring wardrobe nicely. However, I am so pleased to hear of a comeback of my very favorite neutral, navy blue. So this spring I am searching for the perfect navy skirt.

This adorable skirt comes from my other favorite place to fit my figure, LandsEnd. I love the flouncy detail at the hem, and like that the flouncy detail is away from my middle! Navy Skirt

I’m terrible at accessorizing, so I prefer tops with added interest, a fun print, an interesting neckline, and the like. However, I am always on the search for the perfect white button down that can go anywhere.

This shirt from Jessica London looks cute, and has great reviews, other than the need to iron. Gah. I really, really hate to iron. white shirt

I am making it a goal to invest in one nice dress per season. My little black dress from close to 10 years ago is still serving me well. I have been eying dresses on eShakti for some time now, and I think I am ready to order. All of their dresses are custom made and you can order them in standard sizes, or a true-to-you fit for a small fee. You can also change things like sleeve length and hem length for a fee.  I love the look of this dress, but I think I would want to extend the sleeve length to an elbow length sleeve that would be more flattering on me.

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I also try to add a new pair of cute shoes every season. I like these navy slingbacks. I can’t comfortably wear (or walk in) a heel much wider than this, are these too dowdy?

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So that is it. Over the next month or so I will invest in a few pairs of pants, a skirt, a white blouse (and maybe a cute print if I find it) and a nice dress. If I’m lucky a pair of shoes will find me as well.

What are you adding to your spring work wardrobe?

You can find all of these items (and many more) on my “Working Mom Wear” Pinterest Board (are you following me there?)

 

 

  1. Lisa Mallis says:

    Thanks for the great advice! I’m always looking for a good pair of pants – so I will certainly check out JCP! The skirt is super cute also, I think I’d need to shorten it a little so it hit at knee lenght – but the flounce is cool. Must admit, not a huge fan of the shoes. I also like a “strong” heel – but there is just something about the material on the shoe part that says “dowdy” to me . . . but hey, my taste certainly isn’t for everyone!
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