With the birth of my first child, I graciously accepted my new role of “mommy.” Those first few weeks at home with my newborn, I adhered to the secret mommy code of wearing only pajamas and a ponytail. I fell prey to the thought that such a frumpy wardrobe was to be my new reality. Gone were the cute clothes of my past professional life. I believed I was now subjected to a wardrobe consisting of only yoga pants and whatever t-shirt I found on the clearance rack of my local retail store.
After awhile of wearing this “mom-iform” I quickly realized it was not for me. I wanted to dress cute and still be able to tote around a drooling, sticky baby without worrying about my dry-cleaning bill. It was then that I realized that my “mom-iform” can include trendy clothes that can go from playground to girls night out. The key was discovering inexpensive fashionable clothes that were machine-washable (a mommy must) and offered a good fit for little money. Once I designated my yoga pants only for sessions at the gym and began stepping out in fun clothes, I felt like a confident, fabulous mommy…even on those days when my cute clothes had crusted remnants of baby food splattered on it.
This fall reconsider your “mom-iform” and see if it needs to be transformed from frumpy to fabulous. Below are a few staple items that can help that wardrobe bounce back to its fabulous, pre-baby days.
Leave a comment and share a great basic item you keep in your mommy wardrobe that looks great when grocery shopping or on a date with your husband.
Lynley Baker Phillips is a stay-at-home mommy to two, blogger, former special education teacher, and referee in all major toy disputes. Her writings have been featured in various publications, on her blog, at Examiner.com, and (most importantly) on her mother's refrigerator door. Contact her at email@example.com