Fashion Staples for Busy Dance Moms

Mothers often have a hard time juggling their endless to-do list. Sometimes it seems like there are not enough hours in a day to get everything done. The resulting feelings of being overwhelmed and exhausted can make it tempting to roll out of bed and head out the door in pajamas. When your child is in dance lessons, this busy feeling only intensifies.

Fortunately, there are a lot of simple fashion accessories and wardrobe staples that can help a mother conquer her to-do list in style. From dropping your child off at dance classes to shopping for costumes for recitals, these pieces will help you look stage ready even when you feel anything but.


Large Handbags

Gone are the days of small, fashionable wallets and purses. If you’re a dance mom, you will sometimes feel like you need a duffle bag or backpack to carry everything around. This is why you should invest in a high-quality handbag.

For a spacious, luxurious feel, consider indulging in one of the Michael Kors leather shoulder bags. The Loren Leather Shoulder Bag is particularly gorgeous, with an interior zip pocket and magnetic fastening. Kate Spade also has a collection of high-end shoulder bags that would be perfect for mornings on the go.

For more affordable options, visit your local department store or luggage retailers. You can also get customized dance mom shoulder bags on sites like Etsy and CafePress.


Basic Ballet Flats

It wouldn’t be a list for dance moms if it didn’t include ballet flats. Ballet flats are affordable and easy to slip on while running out the door. They are also versatile and can be worn with many different styles of outfits, from business casual to gym ready.

For high-quality ballet flats that will last for a while, visit Nordstrom or Burberry. If you’re looking for something affordable and ultimately disposable (like if you’re guilty of wearing them outside in the rain on a regular basis), Aldo and Payless often have sales where you can stock up.

To cover all your bases, consider buying a few pairs of ballet flats. A black pair, a nude pair, and a funky colored, patterned pair that conveys your unique style should be enough to get you through.


Basic Boots

When buying boots as a wardrobe staple, you’ll want something that is quick and easy to put on, versatile, and comfortable. While a pair of stiletto boots may bring back warm and fuzzy feelings of your days on the party circuit, you ultimately need something you can move freely in and wear all day at a recital.

Knee-high boots are a great way to stay fashionable and warm in the winter months, while Blundstones are a fashion icon in recent years that would be perfect for the fall. Look for something that will stand up to the weather in your area. While a pair of fashionable leather boots might be nice for throwing on over jeans, if you’re in a wet, cold area you may want something more functional.


The Cardigan/Scarf Comb

Make a cardigan and scarf your go-to fashion combination when you need to get out the door quickly. The ensemble can dress up a regular t-shirt and jeans to make a fresh, stylish, and comfortable outfit for days on the go.

Shop scarves according to the season. In the cooler months, a warmer, blanket-style scarf can be both fashionable and functional. In the warmer months, a patterned, chiffon or cotton infinity scarf can add a trendy flair without adding too much heat

When shopping cardigans, try to diversify the styles you purchase. Longer cardigans look great with tunic style tops. Shorter cardigans go well with camisoles and standard length t-shirts. Button up cardigans convey a preppy, business casual look, while something more flowy can be casual or elegant, depending on how you make up the rest of the outfit.


Putting it All Together

All of these wardrobe staples work well together or in separate outfit combinations. The best part is, they are all easy to throw on in the morning, require basic maintenance, and make your life easier. While you might internally be frantic and frazzled, with visions of dancers in tights rattling around your brain, on the outside you’ll look like you’re dancing through life with relative ease.

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