Ways moms can rule back to school

Why should kids be the only ones who go on a back-to-school shopping spree? This is your chance for a fresh start too!


Wearing a uniform at our age doesn’t sound so appealing, does it? Think about it, though. You don’t even have to think of what to wear in the morning, you know your outfit matches and each piece can be swapped out for another with ease. Enter: The Momiform.

Every season I assemble a uniform of sorts—a look that I know works with my body type and lifestyle. There are variations in colors, textures and prints, but my seasonal momiform is always ready to pull on and get out the door.

After a summer chock full of over-indulgences, this fall I am opting for leggings that offer control around the midsection and pull double outfit duty for nights out. Two brands that offer a bit of shaping magic are Spanx and Lyssé, both of which I discovered at a little boutique in the ‘burbs called Fire & Ice .

During the day, I wear them with a long tank or tunic and fun sneakers. At night, I dress them up with heels and a slouchy sweater or slip dress. The key with leggings is to pair them with a top that balances the slim cut and hits at least the top of your thigh.

Gym shoes

The lazy days of summer are almost behind us, so it’s time to get in gear and back into a routine. Whether you toss sneakers into your backpack to walk during lunch at work or are chasing after toddlers, a comfy-yet-stylish pair of shoes is key. Metallic sneakers can take you from soccer mom to dance floor diva, from household CEO to weekend warrior.

School supplies

After buying your children’s school supplies, make sure you have all of yours—backpack, crayons and lunch box. Yes, I own a backpack and I LOVE IT. It is actually my laptop bag, with a specific padded compartment to keep my computer safe. Herschel is my go-to backpack brand—they have classic colors and patterns and stand the test of time.

If you are a mom on the go, packing healthy snacks or even your favorite microbrew requires piles of clunky ice packs and a massive cooler. I finally bought myself an adult lunch bag from PackIt, which you can actually freeze, and it stays cool for up to 10 hours. Extra credit for the adorable designs.

Crayons aren’t for preschoolers anymore! I am talking about lipstick crayons. Keep one in the car and swipe on while stuck in the carpool line. Since they aren’t as heavily pigmented as traditional lipstick, crayons don’t require the same precision for application. You can find a wide selection for under $10.

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