Today I’m taking the opportunity to use City Mom as a place to vent and I hope that you’ll join me!
The other day I was talking with a friend and she told me about this article she read in a new London publication. Unfortunately she couldn’t remember the name of the magazine so this post will be completely unofficial and based solely on hearsay.
I should also note that I haven’t read the article myself and I can’t even direct you to it so that you can read it yourself. Regardless, the message is the same.
My friend shared the gist of the article which caused me to think on the topic. And it made me want to write about it so I could a) vent about it a bit and b) query you, my readers to see what your thoughts are.
Now that I’ve made my disclaimer, I can tell you more…
The article was apparently written by a fashion stylist or a similar job title. The main body of the piece was discussing a woman’s appearance when she travels to and from her child’s school. You know, for drop-off and pickup.
My friend explained that the author recommended that lululemons should be left at home and used only for actual exercise and that even jeans should be left in the drawer. The suggested, ideal ensemble for picking up one’s child was a pair of black skinny pants, a blazer and a scarf.
I will admit that my wardrobe is suffering. My sense of style has taken a backseat to all the other things I’m managing in my life, but I do try. I get the whole concept of dressing the way you feel on the inside, and that you should dress the way you want to be seen etc.
But as a mom who works from home a lot, I often find myself dressed in lululemons or dare I say regular jogging pants? Sometimes, just sometimes, I may choose not to wash my hair that day, throw it in a pony tail and stroll on over to my daughter’s school. And yes, those are the same days I choose to not wear makeup, but I still look like a young (wishful thinking?) mom on-the-go. Should I take time out of my workday to get showered, dressed and made up just to go out for the 10 minutes it takes me to go to and from my daughter’s school?
Do I look my best those days? My husband would say yes. He loves me dressed down with no makeup. He says I look prettiest that way. But I guess the fashion police would say otherwise.
So is it true? Am I shorting myself by not dressing up when I make an appearance in the schoolyard? Am I giving off an image that isn’t necessarily an accurate representation of who I really am?
Furthermore, does it even matter? I mean, of course I care about what I look like. I do take pride in my appearance most days. But I believe there’s a time and a place. If Johnny’s mom thinks I’m any less of a parent because I’m not super-stylish then that’s okay with me because I know otherwise. Johnny’s mom should see me when I go out on a Saturday night. Then I’d show her!
So what are your thoughts? How do you dress to pick up your children from school? If you’ve been working from home, do you change into something more stylish to pick up the kids?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!