Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Passion for Fashion

For the life of me I can't seem to find the "sarcasm font" on my computer. If I could, I would apply it to the title of this post.

I am passionate about many things; my children, education, helping women lift themselves from poverty. Fashion falls some where higher on the list than "dental hygiene" and lower than "really good food". A good day for me is clean yoga pants and a tee shirt. Usually, but not always, my outfit will include clean undies and a bra. Hey, don't judge, I have kept 3 children alive for 5 years and sometimes that takes all I've got.

For a while I could blame my post baby body and the fact that I was in between sizes for my slightly lack-luster wardrobe. Now said baby is a year old and I have no excuse for leaving the house looking like a lesbian librarian.

Last year I did a style post that got me moving in the right directions. Sense fashion changes, I figure it is time to do another little up-date

First up, military style. The means structured shapes, buttons, muted colors. This doesn't mean tassels, at least not for me. I like to take a fashion and figure out how to make it works for my life and tassels just don't work for me.

Cute dress, but a little short for me.

I love the jacket above, I would totally do this outfit. I got one similar to this at Target for about $10 on the clearance rack, it is green.

This jacket is cute too!

Now the ridding boot. Boots don't have to have killer heals to be stylish. Flat boots are very in, especially the type with a little chunk heal and buckle that look like the type the English use as ridding boots. These go great with jeans, skirts or dresses. Fun and comfortable. You can buy some for about $30 in a big box store or on-line for a bit more and free shipping. Check out

Lacey tops. Now, there is a good way and a bad way to do this look. Below is the wrong way. It makes a statement, unfortunately that statement is "I'm easy". For heaven sakes woman, put on a cami!

This is a slightly classier way to wear the lace look. Lace detailing is an easy way to update a shirt. Rue 21 has some cute tops for under $15 as long as your know it is only going to last for a season.
Jeggings. I wasn't sure about this look at first and sometime I see it abused. Good: jeggings that look just like skinny jeans with pockets and a button and everything, only softer and stretchier. Dark blue. Bad: light blue denim print leggings with scrunchy elastic waist bands. They just look like bad maternity pants. The ones below are cute. You can get them for under $20.

The sweater dress, maybe a moms best friend. So comfy and warm. I choose sweaters long enough to cover my rather large hiney. If your hiney is smaller and cuter than mine, you can go shorter. All are "mommy friendly" and take just as long to put on as a pair of yoga pants and tee shirt. For under $100 for everything if you shop sales you are without excuse for looking frumpy.
Fashion is frivolous and meaningless, ever changing and completely in the eye of the beholder. But even though I know that in my head, my days seem to go a little smoother when I take the time to look like a woman instead of a frazzled, barely holding it together mother of 3. It doesn't hurt that my husband loves it when I put myself together, too!


Jennifer McHam said...

I went to book club the other night and all the girls commented on my cute new sweater dress that my fashionista friend Gretchen picked out for me. I told them my BFF said I need to start looking more like a wife instead of a mom. Thank you for being my BFF - I needed that and you're the only person I could have heard that from and appreciated it!!! I love you!!

Kari Marie said...

Whoo-hoo! I own almost all of the glad I have a passion for fashion! Granted I have no husband to tell me to stop shopping so we can have food on the table! ha!!

Love the post...I definitely feel like the fashions this year, while super trendy, are also super comfy and cheap to do!!

curlyjo said...

he he "lesbian librarian" - I know that look. I wear that look. Sad. Sad. Sad.

I'm a fan of yoga pants.

Trying to remember I am a human being, and my husband has to come home to look at me....