My Need to Dress Like a 'Mom' Is Ruining My Style

mini golfingWell, last weekend I finally broke down and did it. I went through my closet and weeded out all of the clothes that I don't wear or don't fit me at the present moment, and I also tossed quite a few pieces I simply have no business wearing anymore because I'm a mom.

OMG. I can't believe those words just came out of my mouth. But sadly, I meant them. There are certain things I just don't feel comfortable wearing anymore because I'm a mother.

Like really short skirts and dresses. Um, can someone please tell me what on earth I was thinking when I purchased anything with a hemline shorter than knee-length in the past couple of years? (Hello -- I'm not 21 anymore.)


I really can't bear the thought of parading around town with my son while wearing something that exposes my upper thighs. I'm 100 percent sure I'll have everyone staring at me wondering why in the heck I'm wearing something that exposes my upper thighs -- because I'm a mom.

So with that thought in mind, I promptly put any piece of clothing I felt fit into that category in the donate pile and decided to only keep those pieces in my wardrobe that look "appropriate" for a 35-year-old mother of a 7-year-old.

And then after a few days, I realized by doing so, I'm pretty much killing my own sense of style and telling myself I have to dress in a way that makes me look less youthful, simply because of how many years I've been on this earth and the fact that I have a kid.

But what really worries me is that if I'm telling myself I can't wear short skirts and dresses at 35 -- what kind of cuts am I going to have to make when I turn 40? Will I be shopping at Chico's by then? (For the record, I have nothing against Chico's. But that's where my moms shops and she's 63. 'Nuff said.)

What is wrong with me?!? Who am I to tell myself what I can and cannot wear? If it fits and doesn't make me look like an over-sized hot dog on a standard sized bun, then who cares?

Apparently I do. And that's why I like my "mom" clothes and I'm sticking to them. (Even if it makes me old and unfashionable.)

Are there things you feel you can't wear because you're a mom?


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