Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so have a little bit of time left to shop for the perfect gift for mom. If your mom (or the mom in your life) is a working mom, then chances are she’ll need a few accessories or pieces to help maintain her business appearances. This is where you come in with the perfect gift to help her dress for success. Whether you’re picking out a stylish new suit or finding a great new bag for her to carry to the office, there are a number of ways to show off your mom in style. Here are a few gift ideas to help her dress for success this Mother’s Day.
The Office Dweller
Just ask anyone who works in a typical office and they’ll tell you it’s usually frigid in there year-round, despite the warm temperatures outside and any inter-office bickering about the thermostat. So help your mom stay warm and fashionable while at work. Instead of allowing her to rely on the same boring black cardigan that she’s had draped over her office chair for years, how about a stylish cardigan in a fun, bright and spring-infused color? Try something like this one from Ann Taylor, which comes in a variety of colors and has a light feel that would be perfect for any office or cubicle.
The Super Professional
Does your mom carry a lot of items to work daily? If she needs a little something more than her usual purse to bring important files, paperwork and her laptop to and from the office, help her do it in style. A great woman’s briefcase will help her look put-together and professional with one simple accessory. Bags similar to this one from ebags.com shows off the perfect neutral color that matches nearly any outfit and it has both an arm strap or handles to make carrying it a breeze. Don’t let her use another recycled fabric grocery bag to bring important paperwork to the office. Instead, help your mom look as fabulous as she is professional with a stylish briefcase.
The Mover and Shaker
Is your mom on her feet all day? Does she work retail, service or in a medical environment that requires her to stay on those sore feet all day long? Then you’ll want to help her find the perfect footwear to make her job a little less painful. A great pair of sneakers can do wonders for a woman who is standing and walking for more than a few hours at a time. Try these sneakers from New Balance or something similar to really show your mom that you care. Look for something with great cushioning and responsive support to really hold up to any wear and tear that your mom puts on her working shoes.
If the mom in your life is working on landing the perfect job, then you can help her out with a stylish and sophisticated blazer. Keep in mind that it’s all about the cut when it comes to a woman’s blazer, so you may want to bring mom with you for a sizing to ensure you gift the perfect fit. There are lots of great looks that she can showcase with the right blazer, so help her pick one that suits her personality and chosen profession. This J. Crew blazer in bi-stretch cotton is as stylish as it is comfortable and will work great over a pair of jeans or a full matching suit for her next interview.
It may seem like a watch is a superfluous accessory these days, especially with everyone carrying a cellphone, however a watch can still polish off a professional outfit with style. It can also be a strong statement piece and is sure to make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for the mom in your life. Check out this watch from the style experts at Michael Kors. The Mini Darcy watch is a beautiful piece of jewelry that is sure to put the perfect finishing touch on her most professional suit or business outfit. She can still carry her phone with her all day, but this way she’ll have a stunning timepiece to check when her next meeting is, instead of having to pull out her cell or check with someone else.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.