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We all thought at one time or another that we would be *that* mom. You know, the one who doesn’t let her heels collect dust just because she had a baby. The one who looks effortlessly put together and, dare I say, even stylish. We all, of course, now know the truth. That’s why it’s hilarious to see Alix Earle, aka the Gen Z queen of TikTok, say she feels “like a mom picking up her kids from school” after getting ready for a football game in a very not-mom-friendly outfit.
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In Alix’s defense, watching a football game can be like motherhood. Sometimes you’re beaming with pride watching your
team child. Other times, you’re shaking your head in disbelief at what’s happening in front of your face. And by the end of the game day, you’re ready to fall asleep on the couch.
Alix, I love you, I forgive you, and I know you probably weren’t even being all that serious, but I’d be willing to bet all my sanity that no mom has ever picked up her kid from school wearing a bright orange bodysuit, ripped jean shorts, a tiny bag, and kitten heels. Maybe you thought the baseball hat gave you mom vibes? Again, I forgive you.
For cool moms out there looking for staple wardrobe pieces that’ll *actually* take them from home to the carpool line to the grocery store (and repeat), here are must-haves that’ll give you a not-so-Alix-Earle-adjacent look.
If your orange bodysuit is in the wash (bummer!), opt for a cozy, oversized sweatshirt. This half-zip style is available in over two dozen colors and is long enough to wear with your favorite pair of leggings or biker shorts.
As much as moms want to be comfortable, we don’t want to look sloppy. These fleece joggers have a full elastic waistband and side pockets, but thanks to the banded cuffs, you won’t look like you were just cleaning Goldfish out of your car’s cup holders (again).
UGG Lenny Robe
Now if Alix would’ve put this plush UGG robe over her entire outfit, she may have been onto something with what mom-wear is really like. It’s available in various colors and is machine washable (the most important factor, of course).
New Balance 574 Sneakers
A classic pair of sneakers that won’t go out of style by the end of the season? Sign us up! New Balance’s 574 style is an everyday option that works with everything from leggings to jeans to sundresses.
Nothing says “my #1 goal is to be comfortable” like fuzzy socks, and a pack of five for this price? You’ll be able to splurge for a venti on your next Starbucks run.
Waffle-Knit Long Cardigan
Got spit-up on your shirt? Throw this cardigan on. Haven’t changed your outfit in days? Throw this cardigan on. Wishing you were a carefree 20-something wearing kitten heels to an NFL game? Throw this cardigan on!!!
Faux-Fur Indoor/Outdoor Slippers
When bending down to tie your shoes seems like an impossible task, slip on a pair of faux-fur slippers with rubber soles. The high-density memory foam ensures plenty of support while you’re running errands.
If wearing leggings every day is wrong, we don’t want to be right. (But how could we possibly go wrong with this pair that has over 44,700 five-star ratings?) Bonus: They have pockets to hold the rocks your kid collects at the park.
Wear it open as a shacket or buttoned up as a shirt — either way, this long-sleeve top works with just about anything you throw on (even cut-off jean shorts).
Cool Mom Hat
Sometimes you just need to spell it out, and Alix got the mom aesthetic right with a baseball cap. You’ll obviously be a cool mom in this hat, even if you’re covering up a tragic hair day.