Celebrity moms seem to know how to balance it all: work, a jet-set lifestyle plus little tots to tote around. So naturally their on-the-go style is a thing to reckon with—perhaps even more so than their glamorous red carpet looks, which are, let’s face it, more impractical to recreate. Ever the multi-taskers, Hollywood’s favorite mommies pull off that effortlessly stylish yet completely put together look with ease. And while their style choice do range according to both taste and body type, there’s one common factor that’s proven to be foolproof: a striped top.

Striped tops have become the go-to uniform for style-centric moms everywhere—Hollywood or not. The pull of a cozy striped top is that while it works with everything you already own (read on, you’ll see), it’s also the the most simple, easy-to-wear piece to have in your closet. The best part about this effortless uniform is that you can recreate the look yourself without hitting the mall, because odds are, you probably already own a bevy of striped tops.

To breathe new life into your traditional top, look to Hollywood’s most stylish moms. Take a cue from their styling prowess: you can dress it down, dress it up, wear it with any bottom, layer it with any type of topper and more.

Last but not least, forget that old taboo that horizontal stripes are not flattering. As a work around, layer a horizontal striped top with a form fitting blazer or jacket—it will instantly give you a shape while adding a sense of structure to your look. If horizontal stripes are just not your speed, look for diagonal or vertical lines. Color-wise, stripes often work best when worn with like shades, as proven by Miranda Kerr, Kate Middleton, and Reese Witherspoon (pictured, above). If you want to add a wow factor, follow Reese Witherspoon’s lead and slide into a bright pump.

Click through the gallery to pick up tips on how to reinvent your mommy wardrobe. The school drop-off line may be that much more stylish tomorrow.