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Great Ideas! 5 Stylish Items Every Mom Should Own

07/12/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

Lizzie Parker Fashion Star Zulily
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The key to building a stylish wardrobe is to buy versatile pieces that make getting dressed a breeze.

Especially if you’re a mom on-the-go. And no one knows that better than Lizzie Parker (left). The Seattle, WA based designer, who has two kids of her own, is known for her chic yet comfortable designs that work for women of all ages.

She’s also appeared as a contestant on the first season of NBC’s Fashion Star. But it’s her new role, as business development manager for women’s fashions at Zulily, that allows her to help women find fashions that really work for their everyday lives.

Below is her list of pieces that every mom should have in her closet. Check it out:

Colored Leather Tote Zulily
Courtesy Zulily

A colored leather tote bag. Not only will it make your outfits pop, but it’s big enough to carry around all the important stuff (diapers, anyone?) you and and your kids need. I love bright blue or maybe an electric plum. It really works in my otherwise black wardrobe. Plus, a good carryall can go from the schoolyard to work to farmers markets.

Designer Jeans Zulily
Courtesy Zulily

A great fitting pair of premium jeans. Find a silhouette (skinny, flared, straight) that you feel fantastic in. These are definitely an investment item. If you get the right cut, they can make you feel great everyday.

Statement Necklace Zulily
Courtesy Zulily

A statement necklace. This can really dress up your day-to-day T-shirt and jeans look. I love a long pendant necklace with a little color.

Printed Sneakers Zulily
Courtesy Zulily

A pair of fun printed sneakers. I mean let’s face it, we all would love to run around in designer pumps, but the reality is that’s not really practical for most moms. That does not mean you can’t have fun. I love a fun sneaker with a print — they will always make you smile when you put them on.

Maxidress Zulily
Courtesy Zulily

An amazing dress. Special events are always popping up in the life of a busy mom. So to avoid frantically looking for an outfit day of, invest in a special dress or two that you love. You can always switch up your accessories to give it a different feel for each occasion.

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