There are stacks of denim jeans I have that I wore pre-mommyhood, that still sit in my closet, because I might just wear them again. For me the issue isn’t fitting into them, although a few are on the snug side, but more like they just don’t fit the same. The same can be said for lots of the other pieces of clothing I have hanging in my closet and in my drawers. There are tops, dresses and other garments that used to be my main staples, but these days, not so much.
I will admit becoming a Mom has influenced my “style.” The most typical of my outfits on a day when I’m with the kids, is yoga pants and a long t-shirt or tank…flip flops or tennis shoes to keep it comfy on my feet. The days where I actually put on a pair of jeans is almost something special…and I usually opt for my most stretchy pairs too! I recall one of the first pairs of jeans I bought after having my first baby…my “Mommy jeans”..they were high-waisted and so much less about showing off my curves and more about concealing the new ones! haha!
When it came to parent/child swim lessons, I pondered the appropriate type of swimsuit to wear for my kid’s class. It just didn’t feel quite right to wear a triangle top, 2-piece bikini if you know what I mean. But at the time, being in Miami, the other Moms didn’t seem to mind being skimpy, even though I still had an uneasy feeling about it. I finally settled on a bandeau style bikini top with a full coverage bottom.
I applaud the Moms who can rock their bods with no shame and all the confidence they need, but for me, I do feel like I need to dress like a Mom! So, what does that mean? Well, for me that means wearing clothes that are functional and appropriate for getting down and dirty with the tots. Outfits that can go from the playground to the grocery store and for a walk around the block. By no means do I think I need to give up style, but at the end of the day, my mantra is, “It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it!”