CBC's new comedy Workin' Moms highlights the common juggle of work/kids/relationships. While the show is quite funny, the premise is no joke – the mom struggle is real and the plot touches on events that we all recognize: squeezing in emails during nap time and taking calls from the washroom. I vividly remember sitting in my parked car on a studio lot pumping before heading in to appear on camera as a guest expert. It's the little things, that if you let it, can twist you into knots in the moment but with time can make you cry laughing.
It helps to have a few tricks up your sleeve when it feels overwhelming. Even with your wardrobe, small details can make the difference between feeling somewhat polished (even if you're not totally feeling like your pre-baby self) and showing up to a meeting covered in breast milk. With this in mind, for the next four weeks, I'll look into the closet of each of the Workin' Moms and provide style solutions loosely based around them. First up is Kate Foster, an ad exec at the top of her game and just back from maternity leave.
Here's a look that works for a polished casual work environment, like Kate's ad agency, but is professional enough for client meetings because it's all about #momFTW:
WHY THIS WORKS:
Buttons are a great way for easy pumping or nursing access while remaining mostly covered – perfect for public and small spaces. Not having to pull the shirt up also reduces the risk of inadvertent deodorant stains.
Camel is an elegant neutral that goes with everything and is more forgiving than black when it comes to baby stains (think spit up, puree, etc – oh, so glamorous). Blouse at Winners.
Some more key pieces for the workin' mom:
Next week, I'll take a look at Jenny Matthews style sense.