Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fashion Sense?

How many of you spent at least a moment in of your pre-momma days pontificating on how you were not going to be a frumpy mom? I am pretty sure I made a snide comment about Juicy Jogging Suits when it suddenly became the new Mom uniform. I swore up and down that I would never wear ANYTHING but low rise pants. And even pregnant I refused to wear most maternity clothes because they were frumpy and I was entirely too young for them. No thank you, keep your awkwardly large V-necked tops to yourself.

And then baby boy was born. And the first 6 months of his life happened. There were days when my hubby told me I smelled, asked when the last time I showered, I wore the same two or three outfits every day and when my mom bought me a juicy jogging suit I was ecstatic. On impulse, I dyed my hair back to its natural lite brown color, chopped it all off and forgot I owned make-up. That was a very bad idea, I am pretty sure my bleak outlook on life had something to do with the fact I avoided mirrors, the appearance was too much to handle. I was my own worst nightmare.

Suddenly, I started to feel better, I turned the hurdle on weight and it started to come off. I spent WAY too much at my former amazing hair stylist to get her to return my hair to its previous state and rediscovered make-up. I felt so much better.

Somewhere in the year of lost fashion, things turned weird. Recently, I was out at bar with some friends, I turned to the girls and said "did I miss something what is going on with trendy clothes?" I used to pride myself on my fashion sense but I am so not wearing those clothes. I mean really fanny packs? Coach or not, that is a don't in my book.

So here I am, a Mom. I wear my juicy running suits and running skirts most days. I sport shape-ups because they make legs burn and every little bit helps and thank god I am blond again. I like my day wear, I actually don't think its all that bad but when it come to date night, playdates with friends or girls night out. I am at a loss, what do I wear? I want to blend, I want to be cute, I am so confused on what to wear. I don't want to look like a time warp from 2005.

What have you done, to bridge the gap from young, hot single clothes to mom, married trendy clothes? Where do you shop? What's your favorite?

For the first time in my life I regret to inform you..I need a makeover!

please help,
Reel Momma


~*Jess*~ said...

I'm so boring. But I do love sun dresses and jeans. I love jeans even in the hellacious summer heat. With a cute top and some cute sandals, you can totally be ready for a day out. Also, jewelry (like a great necklace) can dress up your outfit.

You don't have to be totally trendy. Some of the outfits today are gross. Just go with what works for you. I'm totally cheap but Target DOES have cute clothes. If I'm out the outlets, I love Banana Republic (I just can't justify spending more than $60 on jeans or anything for that matter for myself).

And I'm sure it's not as bad as you think!

Megan said...

Oh dear, I am almost in the same boat. And to make matters worse, I am at pre-baby weight but none of my clothes from before fit! I work FT so I rock a rotation of well made black pants, nice tanks and cardigans. A few dresses b/c those are my BF's in the summer heat. The key is getting pieces that wear well (cotton blends that stretch) and are machine washable - b/c you will get snot, poo, or drool on them!

Hana said...

Unfortunately I'm right back into maternity clothes. But for the 6-8 months I was back into regular attire I always had trouble distinguishing between work & weekend wear. My closet was so filled with the same as PP pants, cardigans, etc... I never knew what to wear out with friends.

So I'm hoping to be looking at the same problem you are currently facing about a year from now, after I "lose" the upcoming year dealing with a newborn again. My advice is that when you're in doubt, rock a cute purse. (And only wear a scarf if it's actually cold outside.)

Oh, and don't forget Greta's blog:

erin m. cressman said...

i am so late on commenting on this but i remember reading it and agreeing with it even though i haven't had a baby. i moved up here to the north after going through a divorce and now i have this job where i can wear sweats...and i do...and i feel soooo frumpy! i can't figure out what the heck to wear so that i don't feel like a frump-a-dink. i even have the problem that when i do go out i can't figure out what to wear!!! blah!

Kim said...

I go through this every day! I finally found some cute Vera Wang T's at Kohl's that actually looked good on MY body --so I bought one in every color. Smart, right? Not so much. B/c now that's all I wear. *sigh* I can't win. And when I go 'out' it's always the same 2 outfits. Remember when we had oodles of clothes and 'looks'? Those were the days! :)