8 Things Moms Need to Toss From Their Closets if They Want to Feel Sexy

Style Savvy 74

cardigan and mom jeansIf you're like pretty much every other mom I know, then odds are good that you have a few pieces of clothing in your closet that do a much better job collecting dust and sitting on the hanger than they do making you feel like a fashion queen.

And in addition to those items that we cling to in the hopes that we'll one day be able to wear them again, there are also certain clothes that really do nothing for our style & make us look much older and frumpier than we actually are.

It can be so hard to part with our favorite duds for many different reasons, but if moms really want to salvage their fashion sense and look like a million bucks on any given day, here are 8 things moms need to remove from their closets and get rid of once and for all.

1. 10-year-old jeans -- C'mon, you know you have a pair of jeans sitting on your shelf that hugged you in all the right places about 10 years ago, but simply don't fit at this point in your life, and probably never will again. Hanging on to them is only killing your self esteem. It's time to break up with them and move on to a new pair that fits your body NOW. (It'll be a miracle if I ever learn this one.)

2. Dress from your bridal shower -- When it comes to keeping the dress I wore to my own shower almost 10 years ago, I'm guilty as charged. I won't even tell you what size the damn thing is because it will make me cry, but the dress is another ego blow that I need to part with. If you are clinging to a frock from a special occasion in your past -- let it go before you go insane. Trust me.

3. "Mom" cardigan -- You know that cardigan sweater that keeps you warm on days when the office AC is cranked to the max? Yeah, it may get rid of your goosebumps, but it also makes you look about 20 years older.

4. Baggy sweats -- It can be so tempting to throw on a pair of sweats and an old t-shirt because of the comfort factor, but nothing says, "I've totally let myself go" like an outfit that looks & feels like frump-city.

5. String bikini from your honeymoon -- This one is along the same lines as the jeans and bridal shower dress. Let. It. Go. Invest in a brand new tankini or one-piece instead.

6. "Mom" jeans -- For the love of God, PLEASE throw away anything remotely resembling mom jeans. The rule of thumb I like to use is if you are unable to see your belly button after putting your jeans on -- you're wearing mom jeans. Unacceptable.

7. Granny panties -- Ok, so these may be in your dresser and not your closet, but they still count. Granny panties are called "Granny" panties for a reason -- because there's nothing sexy about them. Throw them away and buy yourself a whole load of comfortable & chic lace thongs.

8. Pants with pleats -- Pleats are a serious fashion disaster -- period. No further explanation needed.

What items in your closet are totally killing your fashion confidence?


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Rose Martinez

I have huge jeans I bought a month or two after givingbirth that make me sad, but I hate to get rid of them because I plan to have nother baby, so I think I'll need them again. I am also hanging onto my granny pantys.... I had a c-section and the granny pantys kept the pants fromrubbing my incision, I will only wear them if I have another c-section. Also I love my baggy sweats, after a long day I love to throw on my favorite ugly sweats and read or watch TV. 

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I hate the belly button rule. If I wore jeans that didn't come up to my belly button I'd be flashing my buttcrack and that is not a good look. I've come to the conclusion that I just have a freakishly low belly button. I buy bikini cut undies and they are all up around my belly button; Hanes cover it and Victoria's secret sit right below it yet on models there always seems to be a few inches below their belly button. Same with jeans, anything that claims to sit at your belly button goes about four inches above mine and low rise ones tens to just cover it. Not a good guide for me at all.

PonyC... PonyChaser

if they MADE "hip-hugger" jeans that fit me and didn't fall apart within three wearings, I'd gladly wear them. But right now, the only jeans that fit me - that I can afford - are Lee Riders, and that button comes right up to my belly button.

I'm sick of these arbitrary "fashion rules" that change almost weekly, that say that now we *must* completely empty our closets and refil them with every-increasingly crappy, high-priced clothing that falls apart in a week.

Joanna N Josh Bickle

What kind of jeans "fall apart" after wearing them three times?

LadyC... LadyClaire

Meh. Wearing old sweatpants and a bleach stained t shirt right now. Sexy...

nikol... nikolita87

I think everyone should own some baggy sweats. As long as you don't live in them, I don't see the problem. We all need to be comfy! I have a really nice wardrobe and wear cute outfits most of the time, but I need to slip into something comfy in the evening or in the winter. My husband doesn't care. He thinks I look great in anything :-) 

nonmember avatar NoWay

I have a pair of fleece "snowflake" pants that I LOVE. I don't care how "out of style" they are. I don't live in them or anything, but on a chilly day or if I am not feeling well, they are the BEST!

JessL... JessLogansMommy

I still have the dress from my bridal shower, it fits perfectly and its a black dress with a simple blue floral pattern on it, no reason to get rid of it.   I also wish I still had the string bikini from my honeymoon beacuse I'm finally back in bikini shape and i'm longing for one just like it.  I've found similar ones but not that one.

 I don't think these rules are arbitrary, if you wear mom jeans, you look like a mom.  If you wear granny panties, well the same.  Even for "that time of the month"  I find that the free panties from VS are more than appropriate and definitely not granny style.  And you can buy sweats that are more fitted and just as comfy! 

BGarcel BGarcel

Ha I was having a conversation like this with my husband last night. He says I should get rid of my baggy sweats. I bought them when I was pregnant as something to wear when I was home, which unfortunately did see the world when I went shopping and didn't care how i looked. He says if I don't need them, I should get rid of them. And he has a point, I don't remember the last time I wore them.

tbruc... tbrucemom

Jeans that cover your belly button doesn't make them "mom jeans'.  It has more to do with the cut of the jeans and what you wear with them. I think most of these things have their place, you don' t have to look sexy 24/7.  I wouldn't wear baggy sweats out in public, but don't see the problem wearing them at home and I'm sorry but there are no comfortable thongs. I do agree about getting rid of things that you've had a long time and think you can still wear them and all they do is make you feel bad about yourself.  If you have something that's 10 years old, chances are even if you could still wear them doesn't mean you should wear them.

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