Not So Basic Basics

January 13, 2016

This week’s edition of upping the mom wardrobe game is all about rethinking our basics. How many Saturdays are spent running around in jeans and a thermal? It’s easy, it works, but unless your thermal looks like this, it’s probably a little boring. The responses to my recent survey show an overwhelming amount of moms who want to see some workwear fashion on The Motherchic (and I promise I am working on it!), but for those moms who DO work and wear office clothes all week, your weekend wardrobe deserves to be fun. One easy way to add a little more flair to your outfit is to rethink your basics. Yes, you can take a basic and add a cool necklace or a scarf and that totally works, but not-so-basic basics are one of my favorite ways to throw on an outfit and feel styled without really trying.

Take this tunic for example. It’s your thermal’s stylish cousin – bubbling with oversized, drapey goodness.

not so basic basics

There’s a little more length (which makes legging lovers very happy) and a little more flow.

not so basic basics

The uneven hem-line, the drape, the clinge-age to the baby bump (not maternity, but totally works without adding bulk) – all combined make this, in my opinion, a not-so-basic basic.

not so basic basics

Weekends, watch out! Things are about to get a little more….. interesting.

not so basic basics

But wait. Not done yet. Here is another little trick.

not so basic basics

Add some feminine detail with a little lace bralette peekaboo action. I’m living in these undergarments these days because thanks to pregnancy, I can (score!). They are super comfortable, and add that little delicate detail that is missing from most of our winter wardrobes. (They are great under tanks in the summer too and the solution to the what-bra-can-I-hide-under-spaghetti-strap-problem. It’s okay if these show a little – that’s what they are meant for. ) So yes, a great investment piece that you will wear all year!

not so basic basics

This guy approves! Kidding!!!!

Obviously he is smiling at my sense of humor;)

But your husband probably will!

And last but not least, game-changer earrings. If you haven’t tried ear jackets, now is the time! It’s like an updated stud (that babies can’t rip out like danglers!). This is more than I would typically spend on earrings, but you can wear it 6 different ways – so price per style is on point!

not so basic basics



 Jacket (sold out of the color I am wearing but this is similar, and I LOVE this which would give a similar look and is on super sale)


Jeans (maternity!)


Necklace // Earrings


And on the kiddo: Sweatshirt (loving this new kids line!) // Vest // Jeans  // Sneakers (hands down best kids sneakers we’ve ever tried)

And just in case you are still thinking about those bralettes ;), here are a few more of my favorite:


Okay back to the basics that aren’t so basic. With the help of my sister (the one who is a clothing buyer – a.k.a. the one who actually knows what she’s talking about) we’ve rounded up a few basics that have that extra special something to make your weekend wardrobe a little more exciting.  (image is clickable!)


This weekend there are tons of sales going on (a great opportunity to pick up a

Loft is running 40% off new styles and 60% off sale:

Anthro is running 40% of sale with code XTRA40

Banana Republic 40% of your purchase with code BR40

J.Crew is offering up to 70% off sale
Got any not so basic basics for us? Show us on instagram with hashtag #motherchicstyle (be sure to follow me @themotherchic)! Or, leave a comment with your go-to favorite!

Happy one day closer to Friday than we were yesterday!



P.S. Anthro is running 40% off sale right now… click here to see my picks!

  • Tamara DeWire
    January 13, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Love this post! You look fabulous, by the way! I really like the lace bralette with your layered necklaces. Cute and sexy!

  • Jo-Lynne Shane
    January 13, 2016 at 11:14 am

    SO cute!

  • Vicky
    January 13, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I love this post! It is so fun! I never thought of ear jackets but now I’m dying to try them too!!! Really cute breakdown of weekend tops and photos.

  • Shannon Marie
    January 13, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Yes, that top. Totally diggin it! Chasing the kiddos around can be cute again lol!!

  • Tricia
    January 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I keep seeing those earrings! They are so cool. I didn’t know you could wear them 6 ways. I’m also totally ordering the lace bralette!

  • KS
    January 18, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    FYI – That first Free People bralette is on super sale at Bloomie’s – with code TAKE20 it is $23.04 today! 3 colors 🙂

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