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Wash and Wear?!?

Typical Mom Fashion

I am laughing while reading Laura’s post on New Year’s Resolutions–resolving to be more selfish and shallow! Her writing always cracks me up and this one hits home BIG TIME.

Becoming a mom is glorious. You get to devote your life to the sweetest little people in the world. You feed them, you bathe them, you dress them…and you usually don’t mind if there is a bit of spit up on your clothing.

Due to said spit up, it is a natural progression for your clothing to become less “Dry Clean Only” and more “Wash and Wear.” It is also natural that you discover that “Wash and Wear” reads “Less Stylish” and that even after you wash some things the tell tale traces of spit up leave their mark.  In addition, getting up and leaving the house becomes a three ring circus and you may also find that dressing yourself is (very) low on the priority list.  Preschool starts promptly at 8:30 and it entails a mad dash through the house dressing two often very unwilling munchkins. One could easily see how I end up with about 3 minutes to cover myself decently before wrangling kids into the car.

Friends, my children are adorable. They wear designer clothes and have matching accessories. Me? Not so much. The uniform has been nursing tank, jersey cardigan and either yoga pants or jeans with my Uggs that are begging for retirement.  I find myself trotting into Marshall’s and buying my jersey cardigans in bulk….knowing that they will be stained and covered in gosh awful things….like the day that we had a playdate with some friends and I left the house thinking “I smell poo…” I kept looking. I found nothing. I drove…sniffed…looked some more. Finally, three hours later I was washing my hands in the rest room and catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Ahh…the jersey cardigan had been hiding a tiny poo smear on the front of my nursing tank. Nice.

My hair? I confess that I am not one to fix my hair, children or no. It’s long. It’s wild. It’s unmanageable at best. Before kids I at least made some efforts to straighten and subdue….the best that I achieve now is restraining the mass with a bun. In fairness, I will admit to extreme vanity that  calls for coloring every 8-12 weeks depending on how many grey hairs my kids induce.

And as long as we are confessing to mommy style sins….there is the matter of my maternity jeans. I have a pair that is still in weekly rotation. They are designer, but that does not excuse the fact that I am still sporting a button tab adjustable waist. In private, I refer to them as my “cookie pants”. I can reign them in if it’s been a good week or let them out if I’d like to eat an entire large pizza. Those of you that breast feed understand the occasional need to do just that!

Here is my oath.

  1. I have 10-15 mommy pounds that WILL disappear this year.
  2. I will retire the cookie pants…er…maternity jeans
  3. I will attempt to put on an entire face full of make-up as long as I can do it after the preschool run. I would hate to disturb the right of passage that divides mothers of children 4 and up from mothers of children three and under. Showing up with a face full of make up and an infant at preschool is just throwing a gauntlet, yo.
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Quest for Maternity Clothing Continues

If you know me…you know that I love to shop and I can often obsess about finding just the right….(insert item of clothing here).

Maternity clothing has had it’s share of challenges and pleasant/unpleasant surprises. I have finally committed to a coat…since the weather does not seem to be letting up here in our normally hot arid climate. I found a cute olive trench at Tar*get that I am looking forward to on chilly days! It’s been a frustrating search as I don’t want to invest a ton of cash in something that I will only wear for the season…but the fit and fabric are nice and it flatters better than bulging out of my current winter coat!

Jeans have been another horror story and I have to say–spend your money, you will be much happier! I ordered a “bargain” pair from Old N*avy that are so cheap and horrific that I barely wear them anywhere except at home or to the park on weekends when I am sure to be covered in dirt from the little guy.

I finally invested in a pair of Paige Premium Denim from their maternity line. I was swayed by the fact that the McKinley style offers an adjustable tab waist that can be worn after the baby is born as one regains their shape.  The price is frightening…but as jeans are the mainstay of my stay at home wardrobe and these can be worn after pregnancy I considered them an investment piece.  I spend very little on tops–other than the Isabella Oliver that I bought for going out/special occasions so it wasn’t as cringe worthy as it could have been.

With spring, I hope to add a few dresses–I don’t really feel the urge wear them during our wet nasty winter and tights are a lost cause when you have a toddler–especially given that maternity tights are quite pricey. I have a few non-maternity sweater dresses that I am able to wear over leggings/with tall boots that I have trotted out for lunches with friends and those will last until spring.

Tops: as I  mentioned above, most days you will find me in a gap maternity tee–I wash them over and over until they disintegrate. I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of the big cardigan trend…leaving more buttons open as the belly expands.  I’ve also given up on the quest for a classic collared shirt. Sadly, I waited too long for a sale on these pricey and popular items and now the only sizes available are an XS or an XL.

If we had maternity shops here it might be easier–as is, I spend hours online combing through store inventories for the pieces that I want. I have found that price does not equal quality and that some items are almost worthless…ie the Old N*avy cable knit sweaters that I bought for $15.  Cute while new, but only good for a maximum of four wears before they look so ragged and sad that I would not wear them to the grocery store.  Gap, on the other hand makes a nice sweater for 35.00 that has held up to multiple washes.

While pregnant–most women want the maximum mileage out of their wardrobe. Things that can be washed and worn weekly are a must if you don’t want to buy a ton of clothes…dry cleaning doesn’t work in the toddler mom world either! I will be ever so glad to get back to my regular clothing!

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