It’s been a slog but two years after baby #2, I’m finally ready to ditch those pregnancy tops and pants. But updating my wardrobe felt daunting. I asked Tracy DiNunzio, a LA-based style expert and founder and CEO Tradesy.com, the premier resale marketplace for designer fashion, for some easy tips on improving my fashion IQ. After tossing out, donating and selling what can be sold on a site like Tradesy (for extra cash — yay!), she recommends busy moms invest in:
• One big bag. Moms are expected to carry everything from band-aids to snacks wherever they go. Since it’s such a fundamental part of the wardrobe, splurging on a stylish but sturdy purse is a smart investment.
• A statement necklace. Give that t-shirt and jeans outfit or any other mommy “uniform” some polish and sophistication with an eye-catching necklace. Chloe + Isabel has many to choose from that are beautiful, versatile and, equally important, affordable. And all pieces are under $200!
• On trend jeans. It’s easy to rely on black Lululemon pants or leggings every day. They’re comfortable, mostly kid proof and go with almost any top. But investing in one pair of on-trend, well-fitting jeans from brands like the rag & bone and Joe’s Jeans will help us kick that spandex addiction and get back into the style game.
• An seasonal cardigan. This is a simple way to add visual appeal to an outfit while staying comfortable and feminine as we go from school drop off to soccer practice.
• A pair of running flats. High fashion can also mean high performance. Kick those sneakers to the curb and dress up our feet with today’s many stylish running flats from companies like Keds, Geox and Free People.
Lan Nguyen is a freelance writer living in New York City with her husband Dan and daughter Emma. Ever since she was little, she had wanted to be a journalist, so after graduating from Harvard College, she packed up all her worldly possession and drove her rented U-Haul to the Big Apple. Since moving to Manhattan, she has fact-checked, reported and written for many outlets, including People magazine, Worth magazine, the New York Daily News and WalletPop.com. With the birth of her daughter, she has also added class parent, Auction catalogue editor, and Halloween fair co-chair to her resume. She loves how much Manhattan has to offer families and is thrilled to share her recommendations on how to keep kids active.