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What I Actually Wear As A Mom When My Alix Earle Mini Jean Shorts Are Dirty :(

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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.

Half-Zip Sweatshirt

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.

Trendy Queen Women's Oversized Sweatshirts Hoodies Half Zip Pullover

Fleece Joggers

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).

Colsie Women's Fleece Jogger Pants

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).

Ugg Lenny Robe

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.

New Balance 574 Sneaker

Fuzzy Socks

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.

Dosoni Womens Fuzzy Socks

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!!!

MEROKEETY Women's Oversized Long Batwing Sleeve Cardigan

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.

Winter Slippers with Fuzzy Faux Fur Collar

High-Waisted Leggings

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.

THE GYM PEOPLE Thick High Waist Yoga Pants with Pockets

Plaid Shacket

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).

ZOLUCKY Women's Casual Plus Size Shacket

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.

Cool Mom Hat

Caitlyn Fitzpatrick
Caitlyn Fitzpatrick
Caitlyn has been a professional writer and editor since 2014, and has work featured on Taste of Home, Reader's Digest, POPSUGAR, Hearst's Best Products, and more. When she's not testing products for work, you can find her spending time with her daughter, trying new restaurants with her husband, and watching just about everything on Bravo. Follow Caitlyn on Instagram and Twitter @itscaitlynfitz.