Mr. T: What are we looking for?
Me: I wanna do a post on dressing my new body. Staple pieces to address potential problem areas, ways to do it without spending a fortune …
Mr. T: So … what are we looking for?
Me: I just told you. I’m looking for mom-appropriate clothes. But wait … what’s mom-appropriate?
My wardrobe sucks. Most of it is tan, black, or denim.
All of it is now ill-fitting.
So I decided when I wrote my “Sexy” post that I’d make some changes. More color, shirts without holes from overuse, and pants that don’t give me plumber’s crack.
I hit a wall when I reached the mall. I couldn’t figure out what was appropriate to wear. I’m a mom now, so my standard uniform of stained T-shirts and oversized jeans won’t cut it anymore … right? No more low-cut maxi dresses in the summer — gotta keep those boobies covered! After all, I’m not just representing myself — I have to make a good impression for Baby Bird’s sake … right?
I wandered from store to store, obsessing over whether the skinny jeans were too skinny or the fitted T-shirts too fitted. Can I only wear maxi dresses? Is it OK to show knee? I’m a stay-at-home mom, so am I stuck with black leggings or blue jeggings as my only options? Will I ever be able to wear heels again?
I had to mentally slap myself.
Mom-appropriate is whatever (mostly) clean, breastfeeding-friendly clothes I put on. Yes, dressing my body is harder now — fat isn’t where it used to be and I’m curvier than I once was — but I can’t wear khaki and chambray every day. I wouldn’t be any happier with my look then than I am now. (But if that’s your look, rock on!)
I know continuing to wear what I have isn’t the answer, because donning ill-fitting clothes everyday can ding a girl’s self-esteem. I have to revamp my wardrobe — but not right this moment. I don’t have the energy to head back to the mall. (Why can’t I just buy complete outfits right from my Pinterest board!?!)
This doesn’t mean I’m giving up on looking like an adult.
You should expect a fashion show from me — or at least a photo of a new outfit — before the year is over.
*The Mom Bod T-shirt is available for $19.99 from SuzySquats on Etsy. Thank you, SuzySquats, for allowing me to use your image!*