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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Life Well Lived: Fashion Resolutions

One of the things I constantly struggle with is my image as a Stay At Home Mom. I've blogged about it before, but I'm (apparently) obsessed with the idea that I might present myself as a sloppy stereotype. You'd think this means that I judge other moms, and I don't. (I DO, however, judge anyone over the age of 5 who is in any public area that is not an emergency room wearing printed fleece pajama pants. It's not playfully cute.) My point is that I don't want other people to think I'm a slob. I don't want to be a slob. 
Near the end of last year I found myself getting a bit lazy. Since I don't have to take the Pirate to school in the mornings I'd find myself still in my pajamas at pickup time. Now, I'm not so far gone that I left the house wearing them, but I will admit to wearing my slippers a time or two to go get him. I may have also forgone proper foundation garments. I am, frankly, horrified at myself. I don't expect a lot from myself, I don't think I'll ever be a cute mom wearing heels and makeup every day, but I thought maybe it was time to put set some rules. I mean resolutions.  I posted the beginning of my list over at the discussion on BlogHer, but I thought I'd refine it more here on my blog. Be sure to go check that post for other great ideas and add your own resolutions.

  1. I will not wear slippers past my own mailbox. (Who are we kidding,  I WILL wear slippers to the mailbox!)
  2. I will always wear proper foundation garments if I plan to exit my vehicle or talk to a person who is not in my immediate family. (Or, well, Bo Peep. She does get here at 7:30 in the morning.) (Or I guess her parents, cause she can't drive yet.)
  3. At least once a week I will fix my hair in a style that does not require a rubber band. On a day that I am NOT going to work.
  4. More skirts. (I wore skirts for almost three months straight last summer, then one day put on a pair of jeans and haven't worn one since.)
  5. Continue to look for interesting basics at the thrift store. I've found some really great unworn shoes (Borns, Danskos, cowboy boots!) in the last few weeks, and I'd love to find a few more shirts. In fact, I'd like to make a list of missing things so I know specifically what to look for. I already keep a similar list of craft type things to look for.

PS. While you're over there at BlogHer, you might enter their giveaway for a Kindle Fire.


  1. In 17 years of taking kids to school, twice I took them still in my pajamas but I was so nervous that I would get in an accident or something would happen with the car that I stopped doing it. I used to wear sweats around the house a lot when I was a sahm but I really tried not to leave the house like that because I didn't want anyone to think I was just lazy. And you really do feel better about yourself if you know you look decent. Good luck with your goals!

  2. When your kids get older it'll be easier to take care of yourself.

  3. I like the idea of making a list of basics to get. I need to do this as well. Everything in my closet is old as dirt and I have some nice things...but old as dirt.

    Maybe start with a shower first thing in the morning and then immediately get into real clothes with a bra? I know you've got more kiddos at home than I do but that was the ONE thing I HAD to do every day when I was home on maternity. Otherwise I just didn't feel put together at all.

    Though sometimes I do wear sweats to the store. I've never once thought that people might mistake me for lazy!!!

  4. I soooo feel ya here. This is exactly why I chopped my hair off last year -- I was rubber banding it WAY too often. I find the short style makes me look far more put together than I really am, and it takes no time.

    My comfort zone is to fall back on nearly-all-black outfits. I really need to dig back into my closet (past the black section) to find some inspiration.

  5. I struggle with this at times but I especially have a tendency to wear a tshirt and/or sweatshirt everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. I've been watching the thrift store as well trying to find some new clothing that will help me to break out of my rut. Good luck!!


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