This outfit combination was inspired by three looks from Nordstrom. They combine a T-shirt with a pair of casual bottoms, denim vest and casual shoes. Relaxed, trendy, comfortable and a little tomboy. Good for Mums and gals on the go in very casual settings. 

Madewell Denim Vest, Linen Tee & Ikat Track PantsMadewell Denim VestLucky Brand Chambray Military Vest

I’ve kept the outfits neutral with black, white, grey and denim, but by all means add some colour. I also added the option of a cognac bag and footwear to warm up “cool neutrals” if that tickles your fancy. 

Here are the components of the ensemble:

Bottoms: Think black, grey or white jeans (any style) or city chinos (roll the chinos at the hem). Black and white Ponte pants, shorts or culottes will also work. I threw in some harem pants just for fun. Sporty track pants or joggers are another way to go in either a pattern or solid grey jersey, or a casual black fabrication. 

Tops: Think linen and cotton-rich T-shirts in white, grey or black. Wear them fluid or oversized in basic cuts or high-low silhouettes. Partially tuck the front for structure, or leave the tees untucked (the vest will add structure when layered over the top). If tees are not your thing, think casual knitwear, soft cotton blouses, or a lightweight sweatshirt.

Create a column of colour, or create contrast between the top and bottom. Wear a pattern or slogan if solids look too plain. Adding a belt to the partially tucked top is optional.  

Vest: Think classic denim vest in blue denim in a fairly structured fit. Leave the front unbuttoned. You can choose an oversized version because those are still on trend. Or choose a longer silhouette with drawstring waist definition. 

Footwear: Choose any style of casual footwear that works with the outfit, like slides, slipper flats, Birkenstocks, ankle strap flats, cut-out booties, pointy toe flats, slip-on sneakers, wedge sneakers, wedge sandals, sandal booties, mules or gladiators. Black, white and metallic are a slam dunk, but cognac adds an unexpected touch. Animal print or floral flats will work too. 

Accessories: A casual scarf is optional. Choose a casual tote, hobo, bucket bag or backpack in black, grey, metallic, white, cognac or tan. Or throw in a patterned or non-neutral bag. Finish off the look with headgear, eyewear, watch and jewellery as desired. 

You can turn the formula on its head by wearing black jeans with a grey tee and white denim vest. Or a black top with blue jeans and a white vest. Or substitute the denim vest for a white one in the first rendition on the left (patterned track pants).

Mum on the Go: Casual Vest, Tee & Bottoms