I have been meaning to write this blog for a while, but now, on the heels of Dr. Suess’s birthday, it seemed like a good time to finally do it. I am a little behind this week because I have been transitioning back to a PC after a brief, fruitless fling with a Mac.
In anticipation of my first column, to run this Friday, on Stylish Mamas, I wanted to throw out a couple of ideas on my go-to outfits for a typical day in the life of a busy mom. Most days, I don’t have time to change outfits a million times, and each day seems to be packed, with driving the girls to school, volunteering, running errands, doing work around the house, meetings, taking them to classes/activities, and, if I’m lucky, a girl’s night or a date night after the girls are in bed. Never a dull moment. I feel so much better when I have taken the time to put an extra few minutes into the way I look, so lately that involves planning my outfit the day before. Otherwise, I end up like I did on Monday: feeling unprepared for a day of pickups, dropoffs, Eva’s dance class, errands, and a Junior League meeting. I was dressed, of course, but barely: I wore a hot pink/white striped lightweight cashmere sweater from Cullen, olive green pants that were supposed to be skinny but hang on me instead, and hot pink patent leather ballet flats. My hair was frizzy and uncooperative, and I just felt like a mess. We all have those days, but I hope to make them as few and far between as possible. My daytime style is a combination of high-ish (Missoni, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Catherine Malandrino), medium (BCBG, Anthropologie, J. Crew) and low (H&M, Old Navy, Target – where I am often tempted to pick up the current visiting designer’s items or trendy basics when I am doing my regular shopping).
I wouldn’t say that I have a mom uniform, exactly, because I tend to be trendy and my style is all over the place, but I am definitely hitting my groove and developing more of a signature look as I head into the second half of my 20s (no laughter, please). These days, I can usually be found in knit or jersey dresses accessorized with colorful necklaces and maybe a (child-sized) bangle or two, or stretchy pants or jeans, a longish top, and a cardigan. I am definitely a cardigan girl, and I have always preferred them to jackets, which can be overwhelming on my frame. Here is how I like to look on a typical day, with no big evening plans. : )
1. Moth sweater from Anthropologie, Joe’s Jeans dark red skinny jeans, and Maloles ballet flats. (I wish I could cut off my head in this one!)
2. Tory Burch dark purple shorts, Missoni cardigan, Anthropologie tank.(Again, better without the head.)
3. Again, not a great picture, but H&M jacket and necklace, AG Jeans, J. Crew tee, and Marc Jacobs shoes.
4. A little better… This is today. Lilly Pulitzer cardigan, Liberty of London for Target scarf, J. Crew ruffled tank, BCBG jeggings, BCBG ballet flats.