Running into my friend Sally at the school pick up line, who has a closet any single 20-something would die for and yet she still wears her spit-up-stained lulu-lemon hoodie on a daily basis. Does she even wash that thing? Didn’t she wear that yesterday? Then it hit me! I am Sally … & Sally… NO MORE!!!
I love everything about fashion and as a busy mother of three I find myself in my lulu lemons day in and day out. In fact, to be 100 % honest, I have been in work out clothes all week. Sometimes, I feel like I am lucky if I can get a shower in and style my hair. I know, Gross! I am just being truthful here and trust me, I don’t want to look like this anymore.
My days are completely booked with managing my kids lives, but I find time to blog, I find time to photograph and whatever else it is that I am passionate about. So what this means is I can absolutely find the time to take the work out clothes off after the workout and get a shower in and throw something cute on. I have talked to my little mom tribe about this and we made a pledge to all try a little harder and kick Sally far to the curb.
Each week I am hoping to find looks that have been in my closet from 20 minutes to 20 years. I would love to share them with you. I will also feature other moms who are taking their fashions out of the closet for the first time since childbirth.
How does this even happen I wonder. Is it because we are so exhausted and don’t care. Are we still in survival mode? Truth is, its not easy managing your kids lives, your own life, your husbands and taking care of the home. Its utter madness, and sometimes we just don’t care what we are dressed in all day because we are so busy. I am making a commitment to wear something cute by 10 am for at least 3 days during the week. That’s right! I am getting a shower in too, I may even blow dry my hair and I will be sporting plenty of my past garments.
Randi is another native New Yorker who I clung to when I first moved here. She has three little ones and has her own photography business, Harper Shay Photography. She has a love for Free People like myself and she is FINALLY dressing in the beautiful garments that hang in her closet… I adore her super cute and comfy looks! Such the mama-babe!
Everything Randi has on is from Free People.
Natashia, mother of two boys, who is another dear friend of mine who swears we were related in a past life somehow, looks fantastic when exiting her closet. She somehow knows how to rock even sweatpants (wish I had a little of that) … Obviously, she is in tune with her gorgeous model-self, however, she too has made the effort to get out of her lounge attire and adorn herself with her fabulous threads. Natashia has a unique jewelry line, GypsyPosh by Tosh and she tends to spoil me rotten with her designs.
Natashia is wearing:
- Blouse: Joie
- Flared Corduroy: Vince
- Vest: Krisa
- Belt: Madewell
- Peep Toe Bootie: Osklen
- Jewelry: Gypsyposh
Tracy, another mom to 2 babes is hilarious beyond question. I call her “Lucy” because she has the most adorable, infectious, snorting-type-laugh, like my grandmother had. When Tracy is stuck in her lulu’s, (and us mother’s do get stuck) I do notice she throws an over-the-shoulder sweat shirt on to give her gym look a more Flash Dance type of feel. Super adorable! I should blast the theme song to Flash Dance when I see her so she could snort away for me. 🙂
In these photos I took of her, she too grabbed her most comfy day looks.
Tracey is wearing the following
- Jeans & Black Tank: Madewell
- Leather Jacket, Sweater, Green Jacket & Hat: Free People
- Fur Vest: Anthropologie
- Boots: Fiorentini & Baker
When my friends take just a little time to get into their closets, the result is ultra-hot-mom. As cliche’ as that sounds, its the truth. I think it is worth it to try this just a few times a week. I know when I take a shower and put make-up on and actually style my hair, I feel 100 times better about myself. I can go anywhere, I am actually more productive and I don’t fear unexpected guests. The only tips I could give is to get in the shower and out of those clothes immediately after your work out. It seems to work best for me.
I joined my girls in our little “get dressed” experiment and it was actually fun! And I know my thigh high socks are not appropriate for the pick up line at school, but I do love them.
What I am wearing:
- Booties: Jeffrey Campbell
- Tall boots: Frye
- Vest: Anthropologie
- All other items: Free People
Are you guilty of staying in your gym clothes all day too? Would love to hear your thoughts and if you would try to get dressed and say Sally, No More!
12 thoughts on “Hot Sweats to Haute Pants”
Great photos and love this post!
thank you yay
Where to begin?! As a full time high school teacher who has to get ” dressed” daily, and a mom who adores my comfy running pants and hooded Roxy sweater, I constantly find myself attempting to blend my two worlds. I’m fashion challenged, always have been, dare to say always will be…I sit here wanting to really try to dress my professional part, but feel I often fall short due to my personal demand for comfort and sensible shoes! Sometimes I gawk (if we are being honest) at fellow teachers; moms or not (okay, mostly not) and question their level of comfort. Despite my “freeze my tail” when the temp drops below 50 nature, we are on our feet all day. I personally travel up and down flights of steps every period b/c I travel from room to room (no it doesn’t warm me up!), how the hell are they walking in those heels and in that skirt?! I almost have a “uniform”, skinny pants, boots, cardigan, scarf….but I want to change! I want to merge the professional attire of my colleagues with some comfy boho wonderfulness as seen above! I’m looking through saying, “I love that….is it school appropriate?” (A conversation pinterest and I have usually daily)..so my wonderful, fashionista friend, keep posting pics of beautiful ladies, send out (or to just to me) tips and ideas, help your poor challenged friend here! I know I’m not alone, cause the me’s are looking at the you’s and we secretly want your help! Love this blog, it gives me a little Danielle from so far away!
where do i begin with my sweet angela…. i will make a board on pinterest and call it fashion for “fashion challenged angela” I will send you ideas my friend… you are the third person to say it gives them a little danielle from far away
I have a board, it’s called fashion challenged…and I just hate shopping. But if you can give me work/ winter appropriate boho I’m so excited..love you
ok…. we can do this…. lets start with leggings… every boho mom needs tons of leg gins for layering…..
I really appreciate the Mommy-Divas whom inspire me to step up my style game on a consistent basis. Thanks D for keeping it real, and most inspiring:))
yay Natashia… so glad you liked this post xoxox