top of page

Wardrobe Essentials Every Mum Needs When Returning to the Office After Maternity Leave

Returning to the office after maternity leave is a significant milestone for every Mum. It marks a transition back to your professional life and a chance to express your unique style while juggling the demands of motherhood.


As a Personal Stylist specialising in helping busy mums, I'm here to guide you through the wardrobe essentials that will make your return to the workplace a stylish and confident one.

### 1. Tailored Wide-Leg Trousers

Stylist Tip: Opt for tailored wide-leg trousers for the perfect blend of comfort and style. These versatile trousers can be dressed up with a blouse and heels (or flats) or dressed down with a casual tee and trainers. Look for options with an elasticated high-rise waistband for extra support and a flattering silhouette.

Check out these beautiful trousers from Sézane

### 2. Blouses with Versatile Patterns

Stylist Tip: Invest in blouses with classic patterns like lace embellishments, stripes or polka dots. These timeless prints add a touch of elegance to your office attire while allowing for easy mix-and-match with your existing wardrobe. They are also far more efficient at hiding any stains that you may acquire before the nursery / school drop off and the journey to the office. Look for vertical stripes which are more flattering than horizontal ones and opt for narrow lines or petite, average or grande sized patterns depending on your proportions.

Check out this beautiful blouse from Sézane

### 3. The Classic Blazer

Stylist Tip: A well-fitted blazer is a power piece in your workwear arsenal. Choose one in one of your best neutrals (black, navy, gray, tan etc.) to effortlessly elevate any outfit. It's perfect for meetings, presentations, and that extra layer of confidence.

Check out this blazer from Sézane

### 4. Comfortable, Stylish Flats

Stylist Tip: Mamas on the go need comfortable yet chic footwear. Opt for stylish flats that offer support and a touch of glam, making it easy to navigate both office floors and the nursery or school drop off and pick-up.

Check out these loafers from Sézane

### 5. Versatile Dresses

Stylist Tip: Look for A-line or wrap dresses that flatter your post-pregnancy body. These dresses are effortlessly stylish and can be dressed up or down, making them a go-to option for any office occasion.

Check out this versatile a-line shirt dress from Sézane

### 6. Statement Accessories

Stylist Tip: Accessories like statement necklaces, scarves, and bold earrings can instantly transform your look. They add a pop of personality and style to even the simplest outfits.

Check out this beautiful scarf from Sézane

### 7. Comfortable Shapewear

Stylist Tip: Shapewear can provide extra confidence by smoothing out any areas of your postpartum body that you’d like to . Choose comfortable, breathable options that enhance your natural curves without sacrificing comfort.

### 8. Signature Fragrance

Stylist Tip: Don't forget the power of scent! Finding your signature fragrance can be the finishing touch that boosts your confidence and leaves a memorable impression.

### Finding Your Own Style

Returning to work is an opportunity to rediscover and express your unique style. Take time to explore what makes you feel confident and comfortable.


Here are some tips for finding your own style:

- Identify Your Style Icons: Look to women whose style you admire and draw inspiration from their fashion choices.

- Experiment with Colours: Try different colour palettes to discover which shades make you feel most radiant.

- Embrace What Makes You Unique: Celebrate your body, curves, and individuality. Your style should reflect who you are. Don’t worry about staying “on trend”, you can embrace your individual style by focusing on

- Seek Professional Guidance: Consider consulting with a Personal Stylist who specializes in post-maternity style for personalized advice and guidance.

### Final Thoughts

Returning to the office after maternity leave is a chance to showcase your personal style while balancing the demands of motherhood. These wardrobe essentials and stylist tips will help you build a versatile and confidence-boosting workwear wardrobe. Remember, your style should reflect your unique personality, so embrace the opportunity to express yourself through your style as you embark on this new chapter of your life.



Hey there, I’m Charlotte, Mum of 2 boys (2yr & 4yr) and qualified International Personal Stylist and a Lawyer too. I specialize in helping busy Mum’s save time and find joy in dressing as they navigate their personal style from motherhood to beyond: whether that’s a return to the office, a promotion, a career change, or an entrepreneurial journey. I am based in Geneva, Switzerland and offer in-person and online consultations.

Sign-up here to my monthly newsletter & receive your free colour guide and a link to book your free 30 minute Discovery Call so that we can discuss your style and wardrobe dilemmas.



#maternityleave #backtowork #backtoworkstyle #workwear #workwearcapsule #capsuleworkwear #capsulewardrobe

4 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Since the pandemic in 2019, work places have changed: we have also seen great shifts in what is acceptable workwear since then which leaves many of us confused as to what is appropriate. Some sectors

bottom of page