Mom’s Guide To Dressing For Success – the Uniform

Back when I was in the work place full-time, it was important that I dress professionally. Even though I never saw clients, we were still expected to dress as if we were, to pretend we were an upstanding company.what clothes do moms wear

I liked this, the clothes part anyway. I had lost a crap ton of weight (don’t be jealous, I’ve gained 1/2 of it back), and loved getting cute clothes that actually fit.

Target became my best friend in terms of work clothes. I had a little secret. I would buy approximately 2 articles of clothing each week. I would hide the tags and I would wear the clothes once or twice only to return it to Target and choose more clothes to repeat the process. Scandalous, I realize. New weekly wardrobe? Yes, please.

By the way, don’t do what I did at Target. It’s really bad form.

The point being however, I worked hard to look good at the workplace.

Fast forward a couple of years and now that I’m back on the home front full-time, this concept has gone to hell. Never mind returning clothes to Target, there aren’t any to return.

People say stay at home moms end up SAVING money because they don’t need to pay for child care or work clothes. It’s definitely true. Suddenly things you have held on to all these years are making a comeback in the wardrobe though. How about that bulky Christmas sweater from 1985?

Work clothes for the stay at home mom is on a whole other level, friends. Here is my clothing inventory I affectionately refer to as my, “Dress For Success Collection”. I know you want one and most of the following can be found, all for a very low price at your local thrift store.

Remember, when choosing your clothing, try for things that have a lot of pockets. You need someplace to store your kid’s used kleenex wads and lego pieces you keep stepping on.

The SAHM Mom Uniform

Plaid Flannel –  I wear lots of flannel shirts during the cooler seasons. I don’t tuck my shirts in and I roll the sleeves up. I look a little like a cross between a logger and a grunge music fan

Yoga Pants – No brainer. It is so much easier to bend when you are wiping butts and scrubbing floors.

Rubber Boots – Essential for walking your kids to school in the rain, or cleaning up all the flood water your kids spilled on the bathroom floor.

Heavy socks – These work not only for the boots but also as a way to polish your kitchen floor or baseboards while wearing them. I consider these my multi tasking socks. They also help by giving a layer of protection from those green plastic army guys you are bound to step on.

T- Shirts –  I just keep recycling them. Purple on Monday, Blue on Tuesday, you get the picture. It’s kind of a rinse and repeat thing.

Accessories –  This is easy. Whatever the kids make me, I wear. Anything from the plastic beaded bracelet, to the ‘charm’ necklace from art class. Nothing says you are a hip mom than wearing jewelry your kids made. Plus, any time you receive a compliment you can tell them you know the designer.

Scarves – I use scarves as cover ups to hide my wrinkled shirts in public. Much like a nursing cover, except not.

Huge wrap around sweaters – This not only hides my ass in my yoga pants, I can layer it over the T-Shirts and the plaid flannels.

Jeans for the mass quantities of errands you are destined to run. Bear in mind, many moms wear skinny jeans like a bad ass. I however, do not. Frankly I shouldn’t be wearing jeans at all but the pair I own are high-waisted AND stretchy. Did somebody say, “Mom jeans”?

Hats – For obvious reasons. This not only helps hide my unwashed hair, it also helps hide my unbrushed hair.

I realize I may not be the sexiest, stylish mom on the block but I’m definitely the most comfortable.

Although, I’m not sure that is always such a good thing when you think about it.

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Jessica is a a wannabe urban homesteader, living in Portland with a blended family of 4 kids, 3 rescue dogs and 4 chickens named after Starbucks drinks. Even though Jessica is a vegetarian, she really misses bacon. In addition to 10 to 20 Parenting, Jessica is a regular contributor to a variety of urban living and parenting magazines. She can also be found spreading 'peace and wisdom' over at her blog, The Dalai Mama, at www.travelingmercies-jessica.blogspot.com

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Jessica is a a wannabe urban homesteader, living in Portland with a blended family of 4 kids, 3 rescue dogs and 4 chickens named after Starbucks drinks. Even though Jessica is a vegetarian, she really misses bacon. In addition to 10 to 20 Parenting, Jessica is a regular contributor to a variety of urban living and parenting magazines. She can also be found spreading 'peace and wisdom' over at her blog, The Dalai Mama, at www.travelingmercies-jessica.blogspot.com

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