Monday, September 29, 2008

Buying clothes? Beware the mom zone

Sometimes I think one of the hardest things about being a mom is resisting the siren call of stereotypical mom clothes.

And by stereotypical mom clothes, I mean clothing that doesn't take too much effort, clothing that celebrates comfort over style and function over form, and clothing that, if I am truly honest with myself, I would not have been caught dead wearing prior to giving birth.

I'm not trying to be a smart-ass: it really is hard.

We moms are tired and rushed a lot of the time. Time and money are tight, but our bodies? Not so much (not mine anyway).

And I think that drinking in the silky skin and shiny hair of our children - our beautiful children - goes a long way towards satisfying our inherent need to feel the presence of beauty in our lives.

And that's not necessarily a good thing.

Click on over to my column at Better Than A Playdate to read about which items of clothing are strictly verboten for this diva...

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23 comments:

Reluctant Housewife said...

I try not to look too Mommy-ish... But I'm afraid I often do look very, very Mommy-ish... Right now, for example. I'm wearing jeans and an old t-shirt. Not exactly the height of style and grace. At least they're boot cut jeans, not tapered high rise mom jeans with front-butt.

Denise said...

It is hard. Sometimes I look in my closet and think, "What WAS I thinking??" LOL

Suzie said...

Thank so much for your kind thoughts during little B's illness it was much appreciated.He's at school today and doing great.

By the way Im wearing mom pants as we speak

Pink Ink said...

It's either mom clothes or teen clothes. Not much in between, though I get lucky sometimes :-)

Heather said...

Good list! I've recently discovered Title Nine. They have a lot of clothes for athletes, but also very comfortable and practical and stylish clothes that I feel good in. They have great sales, which is good because some of there stuff is pretty pricey for my mom budget.

Vodka Mom said...

yeah-when I have extra cash (which I NEVER do) i use it on them. always. what is wrong with me? oh well...

Cheffie-Mom said...

I enjoyed reading your column and so true!!

Kathryn said...

I wear a pair of jeans and a tee shirt, hoodie, or sweatshirt most days. I'm fine with it. As long as the jeans look hot it is a-okay. ;)

Parent Club said...

Jeans & t-shirts are the "Mom uniform"? Aren't they?...

- C - said...

If I ever the "mom jeans" I fully expect all my friends to stop talking to me!

Kat said...

I have found for me that it isn't so much about the clothes. As long as I have a sassy hair cut and good hair product I am happy. Clothes, I can deal with t-shirts and jeans, just not mom-jeans.

anti-supermom said...

(Gulp) I have CROCS but they are these cute Mary Jane style with two straps, no full foot coverage. I love them, most people don't know they are CROCS.

Other than that, I think I pass, as in not in 'the Mommy Zone'.

Jaina said...

Heading over to read. I'll be sure to keep this in mind in the future.

April said...

I love the word "verboten." Note to self to use it more!

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

The one thing verboten here--two words, MOM JEANS.
My husband saw that SNL skit and madde me promise I would never buy jeans with an elastic waist :)

Leanne said...

I'm afraid to read the post. You gotta know that everything I have on will be on the list..

Sigh.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

This is why I'm all about The Gap and Old Navy. Cute, cheap, and not too mom-ish.

Bryan said...

please please please don't go all mrs brady on us. the occasional pic you post of yourself is such a treat!

Nap Warden said...

Ummm...since I am standing here in my Husbands boxer shorts and a huge sweatshirt...I do not qualify to comment on clothing;)

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

I'm afraid to look. My wardrobe is lacking as of late...I think I wore the same 4 shirts all last fall. ahhhh!

Barrie said...

I think you need to take me on a shopping spree!

Mekhismom said...

I am working on losing the Mom look. It is difficult because I work from home and I only go to the grocery store or day care. Hardly times for looking my best.

Polly said...

its my quest in life to me a hot mummy - but there are always days when the cargos win over!