I’m not talking flowy Chanel caftans, bold graphic DVF wrap dresses, or even a one shoulder satiny gold 3.1 Phillip Lim goddess dress (although, I could be talking about Ferragamo’s latest collection). I am talking about the unattractive garments you “resort” to wearing in the privacy of your own home. We all have the go-to outfit for those days when we can barely drag ourselves out of bed, but my motto is the worse you look, the worse you feel. 99% of the time, I am overdressed for the occasion I am attending, whether it be a play date or a romantic dinner with my husband. I don’t do it for those in attendance and I could care less what anyone else is wearing; I do it for myself. I just FEEL better in coordinated, attractive clothes. When I was in my 20’s, I could pull off cute workout clothes that doubled as daytime wear (so if you are in that age range still, enjoy it while you can!). Once you become a mom/hit 30, it is time to reevaluate. Here are some suggestions for replacing your “resort” wear:
Instead of yoga pants and a sweatshirt, try:
A sweater dress and leggings/opaque tights. I LIVE in sweater dresses and leggings in the fall and winter. What could be easier? The dress covers your (possibly larger than usual) bottom half, puts matching to a minimum, and allows you to still sit on the floor and play with your little munchkin.
|Mossimo Women’s Striped Sweater Dress- Assorted Colors- $29.99 @ Target|
Instead of a hoodie, try:
A knit blazer. This instantly classes up a basic white t-shirt and jeans, but is still comfy and warm.
|G by Guess Serratel Striped Knit Blazer- $49.50 @ www.gbyguess.com
Instead of all solid basics (I am a victim of wearing the funeral look regularly), try:
Throwing a print in there to mix it up. Try a printed cowl neck shirt under a v-neck sweater. Try a flashy scarf with a monochrome outfit. Try a plaid wool mini skirt or floral chiffon skirt with your favorite chunky knit sweater or turtleneck.
|Women’s Micro-Pleat Full Skirt- $22 @ Old Navy|
Instead of sneakers, try:
Slouchy boots. I found a great pair last year on overstock.com and wear them with everything since they are the most comfortable things ever- leggings, skinny jeans, tights…the list goes on. They are like Rachael Ray’s fringe boots; if anyone cared what I wore, they would be sick of these.
|Bamboo by Journee Women’s Slouch Boots- $39.99 @ www.overstock.com|
Instead of shoving your hair into a ratty ponytail, try:
A fun (and easy) messy bun. I use Goody spin pins quite often- they do the work of 20 bobby pins, hide easily in longish hair because of different color options, and your hair won’t BUDGE for the day. Also, your little one can’t yank on your hair- I realized that this is my son’s favorite game after seeing fistfuls of hair being ripped out of my head.
|Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin- $6.49 @ Walgreens|
Kick it up a notch and revel in the fact that you at least look like you have it all under control!