You've got ballet lessons to drive to, dinner to make, Legos to not step on...and some kind of unexplained goo to clean off your shoulder. Being a mom comes with its own sets of challenges without having to think about what to wear during them all. So we wrangled a few pointers to help to stay as chic as you were pre-kiddos.

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Go for Comfier Versions of Dress Clothes

Regardless of your children's ages, you know you need room to move around. So instead of peg-leg cigarette pants, opt for breezy culottes. And instead of a constricting button-down, try a pleated peasant blouse. You'll look on trend, while still being able to lug around a tiny human.

Get the look: Target top ($33); Old Navy pants ($40); Steve Madden sandals ($80)

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Embrace Simplicity

Your brain has better things to worry about than which top goes with which pants. (Not to mention time...) Save yourself the trouble most days by sticking to fuss-free outfits that consist of only one piece--like a swing dress or jumpsuit.

Get the look: Urban Outfitters dress ($69); Target sandals ($35)

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Buy in Neutrals

While you're on the simplistic track, make sure you're buying pieces in solid, wearable colors. Beige, white, brown, navy and black are much easier to accessorize (and re-wear in multiple ways) than a bold print.

Get the look: ASOS wrap dress ($68); Marc Fisher sandals ($105)

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Know the Power of an Accessory

Sure, those gladiator flats completely turned up that off-the-shoulder dress. But don't feel like the only time you can bust out a statement accessory is with a dressy outfit. In fact, a well-placed extra on a casual look is just as important. See how chic this straw hat is with joggers and a tee?

Get the look: Michael Stars hat ($54); Talbots sandals ($40)

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Do Athleisure the Right Way

Sweats, leggings, sneakers--they're all the things you want to wear and they're all the things currently trending. Score! But there's a fine line between casual and sloppy. Make sure your sporty pieces fit you well and are properly taken care of. (Especially those white kicks.)

Get the look: Topshop leather jacket ($320); Adidas sneakers ($75)

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Steer Clear of Dry-Clean Only Clothing

Speaking of keeping things clean. It's a no-brainer but it bears repeating: Machine-wash fabrics are your best friend. And now more than ever you can find upgraded versions of basic pieces in cotton, linen and rayon. (Anything with fringe embellishments will make you feel like a million bucks--even if it gets covered in poop.)

Get the look: The Limited tee ($30); Madewell jeans ($135)

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