I’m the mom at school dropoff wearing a Space Jam Tune Squad spirit jersey. The one who usually disregards the “casual wear” section at department stores and heads straight for the juniors or activewear section for the more casual and funky attire.
The apparel section that’s closest to the entrance at Target? The one with the graphic tees and fanny packs? That place is my kryptonite.
I’m a stay at home mom who lives in an area where it’s acceptable to be seen in public wearing leggings and an oversized sweatshirt. And for me, that’s a good thing! I have friends who live abroad in countries that have much higher expectations when it comes to a dress code. I don’t think I’d fit in there. I can’t imagine wearing pants that button when I go food shopping.
I still feel like a kid at heart. I’ve mentioned my previous life as a theater kid who always feels the need to express herself. By wearing graphic tees every now and again, I can. I do feel like the graphic tee is becoming more of the norm when it comes to mom life. Our Cincinnati Moms Collective contributor holiday gift this past year was an adorable Cincy mom themed tee.
In comedian Sarah Silverman’s autobiography “The Bedwetter”, Sarah shares her life mantra which is “make it a treat”. She is a celebrity who is usually seen about wearing jeans and a hoodie. She views dressing up as a treat. That’s how I see it too. I reserve spending time on my hair, makeup, and wardrobe mostly for dates nights and special occasions.
I’m sure there are a number of people reading this have the opposite point of view in terms of view when it comes to appearance and personal style.
[quote]I’m not knocking anyone who makes an effort on the regular to be put together and on point. There are many days I wish I could be like that too.[/quote]
However, I’m self-aware enough to know the way of life that works for me.
For a person who loves nostalgia, I am actually glad to be a mom in this present time. I don’t envy the moms of the past who lived in a society that had dated and unrealistic expectations of how a woman should dress in the home (just look up the lyrics to the song “Wives and Lovers”, yeesh!).
I’m also glad to be a mom in a time where just because you have a kid, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your unique flair.