By now most of your school and pre-school age kids are settling into their new routines. Perhaps you are feeling back in the groove of things as well. The leaves are starting to turn and as Instagram revealed last week, Starbucks’ new fall cups have arrived. It’s the turn of a new season, and while I am sure you dropped a wad of cash shopping for your little ones’ back to school duds, I fear that you have forgotten about yourself. Let me remind you. Moms need new clothes too and it is my humble belief that yoga pants should be reserved for legitimately coming straight from yoga.

I am writing this specifically for moms who work from home—whether that is for yourself, for someone else, or for your family full-time. It is so easy to fall into a rut of boring basics and stretched out stretchy pants. But I have great news! Comfortable clothes can also be fabulous!

I personally refer to back to school #momstyle as “pick-up clothes.” When you pick-up your child from school, it’s far too late in the day to get away with wearing what you slept in. You need something easy to throw on, something presentable, and something that says, “I have it together as a woman” as your daughter’s teacher tells you that she ate sand during recess.

Let me break it down for you:

  1. The Pick-Up Dress (funny how the phrase has a totally different connotation as a mom, no?)

    If you are able to stock your closet with 5-10 comfy dresses that make you feel good about yourself, then you will be set for the first semester. Look for silhouettes that don’t cling and won’t spin you out on “frumpy days.” Search for soft, washable fabrics and for colors and prints that can transition from season to season.

This Rachel Pally mini dress with a slight drop waist can be worn from front to back. Try the boat neck side for day time tasks with the kiddos in tow or flip it around for date night to add a little pizzazz!

Rachel Pally’s long sleeve, knee length caftan is the definition of easy dressing. The stretch jersey neckline is perfect for breastfeeding or pumping and the gathers at the empire waist help hide any residual baby weight

Every mama needs an easy, go-to dress in her closet for no-brain required dressing on sleep deprived days. This is said dress. With easy access for nursing on-the-go, washable fabric, and an affordable price - this dress may become your new best-friend.

2. The Pick-Up Pants

I am not saying you shouldn’t wear activewear from time to time (especially chic activewear) but it might be nice to add a little variety to your weekly style choices. In addition to denim, it’s nice to have a few options of elastic waist and washable pants to get you from the playground to the dinner table.

When it comes to pants, it doesn’t get much better than these by Ace and Jig. Made of soft washable cotton with an elastic waist, these pants will become your go-to.

These super chic elastic waist pants (in the back only) are a great alternative to a classic black pant. The crimson color and fringe hem give them a fun, on trend look.

What more can a new mom ask for than a chic elastic waist pant?

3. Pick-Up Tops

Think tunics (for legging days). Think washable (for playground days). Think versatile (for every day). If you are not going with the one-piece strategy of a dress or a jumpsuit, then it is crucial that you only purchase tops that will go with a variety of bottoms. Solid colors and classic prints are a great place to start.

This collarless, placket button down, tunic style blouse is a great staple piece for any wardrobe, but it’s ideal for a new mama trying to get her body back to “normal.” The relaxed fit in a non-clingy fabric looks great worn untucked with skinny pants or leggings.

This school boy plaid is the perfect print for fallThis school boy plaid is the perfect print for fall. We love the “swingy” silhouette as it camouflages post baby tummy. Style yours with your favorite denim - skinny, boyfriend, or wide leg for the weekend or a casual day with the kids. Dress it up with a feminine skirt for a date night. The easy access button down is perfect for nursing mamas.

Every mama needs a handful of button down shirts in her wardrobe. We love this one for its flattering a-line cut and feminine peter pan collar. The silhouette can be worn tucked in with high-rise skirts and styles or untucked for a comfy, chic look.

Last week I discovered a quote, “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.” Though it may seem silly for you to take carpool line this seriously, I think that it is important for our children to see us take pride in ourselves—no matter where we are going. Remember that you do not need a special occasion to look and feel special.