Stylish Outfit Ideas: Carpool Casual to Date Night Chic

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You fold and put away mountains of laundry, make dinner, and take care of every last detail–who has time to come up with stylish outfit ideas?!?! So we have a few ideas to get you started, from morning to night.

“I have nothing to wear!”

How many times have you uttered those words while looking at an overstuffed closet? You might be in a big style rut and your wardrobe consists of nothing more than yoga pants and old sweatshirts. Or, you could have the opposite problem- you have tons of clothes, but have no idea how to make sense of everything.

Here are a few outfit ideas so you can look and feel your best, whether you’re running to the grocery store, heading out for a much-needed date night, or anything in between!

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Mom on the Run Outfit Ideas

The athleisure market has exploded in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. These clothes are comfortable, cute, and so versatile. Wearing a pair of coordinating yoga pants and top might motivate you to go to the gym, even if you would rather sit on the couch for a Netflix binge. You can wear them to the botanical gardens, park, grocery store, or just about anywhere you’d ever want to go!

Great athleisure is all about the versatility! Plus- when you wear cute workout gear, you can also wear sneakers or tennis shoes, which can be crucial if you have to stroll several miles, or just chase kids around the house.

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Park Playdate Outfit Ideas

Comfort and mobility are key when it comes to heading out to the park. You are usually not quite as casual as you might be going to the gym, except on really busy days when you don’t have time to take a shower or change clothes between activities. For some of us, this might be your only opportunity to have an adult conversation all day, so you want to make some effort to look like a grown up.

But you will also potentially be responsible for climbing up to the top of the jungle to rescue your little one who doesn’t have the courage to get down. You might have to spring after an active toddler who is trying to catch a squirrel. Who knows!?!

In any case, you have to be prepared. So jeans and a button-down shirt or tee shirt are a great way to achieve this balance. You’ll be comfortable, but still feel cute and put-together. Investing in a great jacket can help to finish off this look when it gets a little colder outside. Adding a great accessory, whether it’s a favorite pair of earrings, scarf, necklace, or handbag, will also make you feel more put-together.

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Work Outfit Ideas

Whether you have a work event, luncheon, or meeting, your clothing options are endless! Which can also be part of the problem- how dressed up or down do you need to be?

For those moments you’re not sure, bring layers and be ready to take them on or off, depending on the formality of others around you. A jean jacket can dress down an otherwise fancy dress for a great style combo. Or pair a blazer with a pair of jeans to dress up an otherwise casual look.

Don’t underestimate the little accessories- like a great pair of earrings, handbag, or shoes to instantly dress up an otherwise casual outfit.

Date Night Outfit Ideas

Who doesn’t love a great date night or girls’ night out? These are the times when you can break out that fabulous new pair of statement earrings or jumpsuit. Depending on where you’re going, anything goes when you’re out and about.

For a casual dinner and movie, you might just want to keep it casual and wear basically the same thing you would for a park playdate. For a special anniversary dinner, you might want to wear those cute but totally impractical stilettos and your favorite cocktail dress.

Whatever your style, wear whatever makes you feel pretty!

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Places to Shop:

Here are a few great shopping stores and websites if your wardrobe needs a little refresh:

Places for workout wear:

  • Lululemon – It’s expensive, but my 7-year-old Lululemon crops are still going strong.
  • Athleta– They have wonderful customer service and great products.
  • Target– They’re a little cheaper, but still good clothes.
  • TJ Maxx– You never know what you’ll find, but they usually have really cute stuff at a great price. This is also a great place for any type of clothes you might be looking for.

Great Places for Casual, Work, or Date Night Outfits:

  • Anthropologie: They carry a huge range of items, but have great statement pieces that you’ll love.
  • Boden: Great products, fun patterns, and wonderful variety.
  • Cabi: Cabi has several pieces that coordinate well together. They’ll set you up with a personal stylist (at no extra fee) so you can get basics and statement pieces for your wardrobe.
  • Consignment Stores: Check out what your local store has to offer and get great clothes at a fantastic price!
  • Everlane: With classic styles, price transparency, and emphasis on ethical clothing production, what’s not to love!
  • The Gap/Old Navy: fantastic, affordable jeans, denim jackets, and other basics. They have fabulous sales when you can stock up on favorites. Their free shipping/returns are also great!
  • Gilt: With different flash sales every day, there are hundreds of great shopping finds at Gilt Group.
  • J.Crew They’ve been going back to basics with more affordable casual options and expanded sizes.
  • MM LaFleur– Order great work basics a la carte, or schedule a Bento Box to have a stylist select pieces to build on a work wardrobe. Only keep what you like and return the rest.
  • Nordstrom– With a great selection of brands and clothes at all price points, you can find just about anything and everything at Nordstrom.
  • Stitch Fix: Tired of shopping and just want a stylist to surprise you with great pieces that fit your clothing budget? Schedule a fix! You’ll get about 5 pieces and can keep what you love, and send back what you don’t.

What Are You Wearing?

Still unsure if you have the right thing to wear for a particular event? Send a photo on FamilyApp to your loved ones from the comfort of your closet and see what they think. What are your favorite outfits?

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