Here I sit, gazing at my bedhead reflection starting this post in my comfy PJ pants- my absolute faves which were actually hand-me-downs!- and a fleece sweatshirt, I’m wondering– would my friends turn me in to “What Not To Wear” on most days? (Ummm… actually- that would be awesome! Didn’t they get a $5K shopping spree PLUS help fitting clothes to their body!?)
I spend a lot of time with my kids. On weekends when I work, I wear a church t-shirt. In the office I have flexibility- plus I’m not there that often. And MAYBE twice a year I get dressed up (great time to take a loaner from “Cate’s Closet”). I intend to work out, my body keeps changing like a yo-yo and I’m not content to buy a new wardrobe.
WHAT DO I WEAR?! Let’s start with where “workout pants” (I’m not saying yoga because I don’t do yoga…) are acceptable:
- Grocery Store (judge away…)
- Playing outside
- School carpool
- Target/ Starbucks/ Michaels
- Soccer Field
- ….Working Out….. when I go, if I go…or in my basement
Great- that’s where I spend most of my time.
Jeans: There’s only so long that these are comfortable in my waist. Yup. I said it. I like sugar, carbs and cortisol is on hyper speed in my body. So my middle + jeans can get kind of uncomfortable. But here’s that list:
- Really, anywhere.
Now lets talk tops. I have been decluttering and STILL I have WAAAYYY too many T-shirts. But I have way too LITTLE “other” tops. Here’s where I may need the most help.
- School meetings
- Girls’ night
- At work (really, I can wear T-shirts, but would it kill me not to??)
- Church on weekends I don’t work
- Presentations (maybe paired with black pants or jeans)
- Whenever I need to look “presentable”
And let me give a shout out to my LuLaRoe girls (Feel free to comment your site below)! My only issue here is I need to have (clean and unshrunk) long enough shirts to feel comfortable enough with my leggings. This goes back to the tops issue listed above, but I don’t honestly care what they look like on. As long as I am appropriately covered, they are smooth as butter and oh so comfy! Thank you for making these socially acceptable when several years ago I remember saying multiple times “I would NOT wear bright color leggings like that!” hahahahahaha….. oh how naive I was. NEVER, say Never.
Accessories also need their own category don’t they? Scarves, jewelry, layers…they can take an outfit up or down (yes- even earrings and some jewelry with workout clothes out running errands!) And thanks to my jewelry loving friends, I have a great selection there. Scarves sometimes throw me for a loop but I own quite a few (hmmm….maybe another place to declutter more…). So those are helpful- I just have to know how to use them and remember to put them on.
- A few pairs of jeans
- A few cute tops
- Workout pants
- ….wash, repeat…..
This post isn’t about seeking culture approval, but what we wear gives off a first impression of who we are. I want what I wear to say, I’m approachable, I’m real, I’m busy, but I care. Is that the message you see?
What does your message say to people? Take a look in your wardrobe and let me know what you think about it!