Good morning, Mighty Ones!
Today is my very first “What I Wore…” post and I’ve been excited about it for weeks. Let me tell you why.
As many of you know I recently returned to work after twenty-two months at home caring for my three little people. Big deal, right? Going back into the workplace after nearly two years of working at home changes nearly every aspect of your life, both big and small. Because I think that this is something we mothers don’t talk about often enough, I’m going to risk sounding a little shallow here and go so far as to say that one of the biggest changes for me, and one that I thought about often and planned for extensively, was the necessary wardrobe shift. I love clothes and I love to look nice whether I’m running to the mailbox, chasing my people at the playground, hanging out at home to bake something yummy (never underestimate the mood-boosting power of a fabulous apron, people!), attending church on Sunday morning, on a date with my (very) handsome husband, or teaching middle school. I like to look my best because, whether I like to admit it out loud or not, feeling like I look nice has a huge impact on my mood. And we all know the power that “Mommy’s Mood” has over a family. And thanks to Spiderman, we also know that with great power comes great responsibility. Therefore, I have come to the very scientifically-based conclusion that it behooves me to take care in this particular area of my life, since it can and does affect my entire family. Don’t mistake me: This conclusion is never, ever, to be used as an excuse to shop. Ever. But it IS to be used as motivation to put thought and effort into creating a sustainable and well-planned wardrobe of things that make me feel fabulous. There is much more to say on this topic, but I will wait for another time.
Anyway, today is a Monday, and therefore a work day for me. At this point I would normally be teaching my first class of the day in one of my fabulous new-to-me (I have recently become a highly successful thrift shopper…more on that later as well!) work outfits. But instead, I find myself at home nursing the inevitable “Back to School Bug” that teachers and students know all too well. This of course means that instead of a professional dress, make-up, pumps, and pearl studs that I am actually rocking some black maternity yoga pants, a sports bra, and a long-sleeved cotton tee that used to belong to Monique’s sister. No make-up. Messy bun. Runny nose. Hacking cough. Snuggly quilt. Classy.
I did however need to run out and drop my children off at school and daycare early this morning, so I decided to show you that outfit instead. This could also definitely be worn to work for Casual Friday, errand-running, and pretty much any other time I need to come across as put-together, but relaxed. All these pieces are either hand-me-downs from friends or thrifted with the exception of the sunglasses (which are prescription), the earrings (which I bought at Walmart for under $4), and the lip-gloss (Covergirl Wetslicks Crystals, in “sassy”).
Here we have a cosy belted cardigan, a simple black cotton tee with a neckline that is flattering on my body-type, dark-wash skinny jeans, black Blowfish ballet flats, black ball stud earrings, sunglasses, lip-gloss, and a messy bun. Comfortable, simple, tidy, well-fitting, stylish, and EASY. Also, highly affordable.
So there you have it, Mighty Ones: What I wore to drop my kids off at daycare.