8 Things Moms Need in Their Closets for Back to School Mayhem (PHOTOS)

colored jeanscolored jeansMost of us are so busy doing back-to-school shopping for our kids that we tend to neglect ourselves -- and our wardrobes during this time of year. But as much as we want our kids to have everything they need to be ready for school, there are also a few items moms shouldn't feel guilty about buying for themselves in order to look stylish and ready for fall. And as much as it's tough to hang up our summer dresses and comfy shorts, we're definitely nearing the point where the temperatures just won't fit with our clothing choices anymore.

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I mean, we're already out shopping, so why not throw a few extra items into the cart?

One thing I plan on picking up this season is a cute pair of colored jeans, like the ones pictured from Old Navy, which are definitely all the rage right now. They're such a nice change from traditional blue denim, and they give moms an extra edge, which can be tough to achieve without looking like we're trying too hard!

Aside from colored jeans, here are seven other things moms need to buy for the perfect fall wardrobe.

Trench CoatTrench Coat

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Trench Coat

A trench coat is an absolute necessity for fall -- and this star print cotton one from LOFT is just adorable!

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Classic Black PantsClassic Black Pants

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Classic Black Pants

No mom can get through school functions and nights out without a pair of go-to black pants. This pair from Ann Taylor is sure to flatter most shapes.

ShirtdressShirtdress

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Shirtdress

A cute shirtdress, like this one from Gap, is perfect to wear to work -- or you can dress it up with heels for an evening out.

Black & Brown BootsBlack & Brown Boots

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Black & Brown Boots

No fall wardrobe is complete without a pair of both black and brown classic boots.

BlazerBlazer

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Blazer

Old Navy has these cute casual blazers for only $39.94 -- and they go with everything!

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FlatsFlats

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Flats

From jeans to dresses, flats go with everything, and they're easy on your feet too!

Colorful CardigansColorful Cardigans

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Colorful Cardigans

Banana Republic carries these "Whisper Cardigans" in an array of colors. They'll keep you warm without looking frumpy or bulky.

What are you most looking forward to wearing this fall?

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Written by Mary Fischer for CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

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