Ok, fellow rockers of the Mom Bod, let’s talk getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to buying clothing. Most days, I really don’t need “an outfit” per say, but I still strive (strive being the key word here) to look cute and put together. One day a week I head to my very business casual office and, on a wild night, I need a cute little number for dinner and drinks. But here’s the rub, I don’t need outfits for the second two activities enough to warrant spending major cash on them. 
What’s a girl to do?
Buy pieces that can be worn a million different ways and fit a million different scenarios thanks to a key accessory change ups.
And speaking of accessories, keep an eye on my statement necklaces throughout the post and plow your way to the end of my blabbering for a huge treat! 
Behold, my newest find: the Pleated Flippy Dress
The flippy dress is a great shade of burgundy (and also comes in gray), has a soft, tee shirt/knit feel, a very modest – to the neck – neckline and sleeves. I’m wearing a size Medium and could have gone up to a Large for length but don’t forget that I’m 5’9″! You’ll also note that I’m using pieces you’ve definitely seen before to accessorize the dress because that’s real life, right? I like to add one new piece to my wardrobe here or there and use my favorite vests, shoes, jewelry, hats and scarves to make them work for my day to day life.
Mom Life

Layer the dress over leggings [mine are sold out, and I think being eliminated from production, but I’m dying to try these] add a military vest, blanket scarf, Converse, baseball cap and a cross body diaper bag c/o and then sprint the heck out of drop off and straight to the nearest Starbucks.
Work Life
Layer the dress over dark tights, add jeweled flats, a classic trench, tote and a statement necklace and you’re ready to tackle a business day.
Social Life
(holy mom thigh!)
 Layer a fur vest [similar] over the dress, add booties, a little control top in nude, a jeweled clutch and a an over sized statement necklace and you’re ready for drinks with the girls.

Can we please take a minute to discuss all of the fabulous necklaces in this post? They were all hand made by a fellow Elon Alum, Madeline of Elle + J! I adore her work and can attest that her baubles are in for the long hall – I’ve tossed them into suitcases, the bottom of my diaper bag and in my car cup holder and they are always in perfect condition when I lasso them back around my neck. 
The light blue beaded horn necklace has been my go-to for over a year when I toss on jeans and a tee and the navy beaded antler necklace is the newest addition to my arsenal.
And, because I love small shops and the makers that run them so very much, I have to brag on Madeline – she is an infant twin mom who expanded her team to include my freshman year roommate, Christine, who is also a twin mom to toddler boys! How either of these girls even have enough energy to put on pants is beyond me, and here they are turning out gorgeous jewelry pieces and running a successful business. 
Not only are they smart women and amazing mamas, they are also crazy generous because they want to give one of you a $75 shop credit to Elle + J! I’ll announce the winner on Friday but if you just can’t wait until then to shop, use the code OT15 for a 15% discount!

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