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Nanny wardrobe: Comfortable yet professional fashion staples

What's the best outfit for spending your day with kids? The perfect nanny attire is a balance of practical, professional and comfortable. To master the look, add these staples to your closet:

Young nanny with little girl.Comfort is key when building the perfect nanny wardrobe.

On top: Tees and button downs
Basic shirts are your best bet for looking professional while feeling comfortable enough to move with ease. You can wear tees any day, but go for the button downs when you want a polished look. For an in-between option, layer open button downs over tees.

Don't hesitate to splurge on these items for quality. When you find the ones that fit like a glove, buy several in different colors. It may seem a little overboard, but it will be much easier to get ready in the morning when you have your go-to basics.

On bottom: Denim and leggings
Jeans are a nanny's best friend. They're comfortable, easy to wear with pretty much anything and can be dressed up or down with little effort. You'll want to lean toward dark wash denim, as it hides stains and lends itself to a more polished look. Feel free to throw some light denim in the mix, especially on hotter days, but avoid jeans with excessive holes or rips.

While you may be dying to throw on sweats for ultimate comfort, opt for leggings instead. They'll make you look put together without sacrificing the soft, easygoing cotton. Pair with a tunic or button down to complete the look.

On your feet: Comfortable shoes
Unless you need them for a special event, ditch the heels. As a nanny, you're on your feet constantly and have to be prepared to keep up with energetic kids all day. That's why comfort is your No. 1 priority when it comes to shoes.

The good news is you don't have to sacrifice style for comfort. There are plenty of versatile flats with strong support that you can easily slip on and off. Invest in a quality pair so they'll keep up with you and the kids.

On your wrist: Hair ties
If your hair is long enough to pull back, never leave the house without hair ties. You never know when your locks will fall in your face and irritate you while you're trying to work. Plus, when you work closely with kids, there's a chance you'll be around lice at some point. You'll definitely want to keep your hair out of the way in those situations.

If you're looking for a new position, Colonial Domestic Agency can help match you with the perfect family.