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    Hello fellow parents. It's me, that total slob at dropoff. And you know what? I don't care if you don't like it.

    Once upon a time I had a sense of propriety. I wouldn't step out the door in yoga pants unless I were actually going to yoga class. I brushed my hair. I put on makeup. Verily, I pulled myself together before I walked my son to the school bus stop every morning. Why? Because I had standards.

    And then I got a life.

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    I am about to bring up a subject that will make me pretty unpopular, but I can’t help it. Please, moms, pretty please ... do not wear Hello Kitty pajamas to school dropoff this year. It’s not cute ... not even on your little girl (unless it’s pajama day, then it’s adorable). 

    Why do you avoid getting dressed like you avoid the scale after a vacation week of bingeing on candy and carbs? Why? It’s not that big of a deal. (A quick seven-pound gain is scary ... been there.) Let me tell you something: It takes the same amount of effort to slip on a pair of leggings, a nice top, and boots as it does to put on sweatpants, a hoodie, and sneakers. Really, it does. Oh, except the boots zip and the sneakers tie, so I will save you precious time. And you will look damn good at drop-off.

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    Maybe it's because I once unknowingly spent 30 minutes talking to the guy I was hoping would invite me to the junior prom with poppy seeds polka-dotting my teeth that when it comes to beauty and fashion mishaps, I'm downright paranoid. 

    While you think you may have it (and yourself) totally together, there are days when things definitely fall through the cracks. 

    If you live alone, some of these are more understandable. But even if you have a full house, you can't always count on someone else to have your back. Quick side note: my mom was folding laundry one Sunday morning before leaving for church, and it wasn't until she had walked down the center aisle and returned to her seat that she noticed her newest accessory -- a lone, black dress sock flung over her shoulder that she'd been hoping to match before she left the house! (Not the look she was going for!) 

    The following are 7 of my biggest fashion nightmares 

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    Before I had my daughter, I was so going to be the mom who showered, dried her hair, and put something simple yet chic on every morning. Fast-forward to reality and that's so not the case.

    The sad truth is, as moms, we're pressed for time, constantly dealing in the unpredictable (nobody plans for their kid to wake up at 5 a.m.), and will almost always choose sleep when presented with the option of getting gussied and hitting snooze for the fourth time.

    But how does that leave us looking?

    To put it frankly, not great. Our style often takes a hit when we become moms, due to tiny human beings who, despite their cuteness, need an inordinate amount of attention. And many of us, whether we admit it or not, wind up leaving the house with our pajamas on time and again -- not a very flattering look.

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    Confession time, moms. How many of you have secretly eyed your daughter’s (or son’s!) newest wardrobe addition and wished you could wear it yourself? Let’s face it: Our clothes might be pretty and flirty and fun in that "grownup" kind of way, but they’re not Fun the way our kids’ clothes are. 

    We moms are often the ones buying our children’s wardrobes and dressing them, so it’s only natural we’d be fantasizing about what life would be like if it were okay for us to wear sneakers that light up or sparkly pink tutus. Sadly, even if it WERE okay, they don’t make all those amazing pieces in our sizes -- unless we are really, really tiny. But they should. They TOTALLY should.

    Personally, I can think of at least a dozen things my 7-year-old daughter wears that I wish I could pull off myself. Here are nine kids' items I would totally raid my daughter's closet for without any shame.

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    Every time I walk into a public place, I am shocked and appalled at all the terrible style choices moms are making.

    You may have had kids, ladies, but you're certainly not dead.

    Since I can't nominate each and every one of you for a Stacy London and Clinton Kelly aka TLC's What Not to Wear intervention, I'm going to give you a small one of my own.

    Please, for the love of fashion, stop wearing these 5 things right now. You're beautiful and radiant, but these looks aren't doing you any favors. And they're hurting my eyes.

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    The word "caftan" might conjure up visions of Mrs. Roper (please tell me you are old enough to get the reference), but believe it or not, those flowy garments are having a moment. Case in point: Andre Leon Talley packed one for Kimye's wedding, and Rachel Zoe says summer is "caftan weather."

    And for good reason: They're super comfortable, super easy to wear, and can be super flattering. SUPER I TELL YOU!

    More from The Stir: 10 Beautiful, Beachy Manicures You Can Do at Home

    Of course, worn the wrong way, they can make you look, well, super frumpy (hello, Mrs. Roper). Here are some simple tips for keeping your easy, breezy caftan days on the sexy side.

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    Well, it's officially "wear white" season! I'm a fan of white all year long, but I especially love white jeans in summer. Of course, the first thing you need to know about wearing white jeans is this:

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    I love summer! And I love summer dresses! There's something so fun and freeing about throwing on a comfortable yet flattering dress -- and being done! Add sandals and voila, you're dressed. After this endless winter of endless layers, nothing sounds better.

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    Here are 8 affordable, flattering, and comfy dresses fit for just about any summer occasion. Cheers!


    Image via Piperlime

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    Celebrities love to start weird style trends. Whether it's saggy jeans, the "Rachel" hairdo, Miami Vice-style pink men's jackets, sequined gloves, bras on the outside, or black bras under white shirts, well, let's just say we have celebrities to (not) thank for a lot of fashion disasters. The latest, however, has to be stranger than the rest. It's celebrities without pants! Perhaps because these celebs are so damn busy, they've lately seemed to just forget about the whole pants thing when they leave the house. Though let's be honest, nothing a celeb does is a mistake -- so the missing pants must be deliberate. Check out these six celebs who left their pants at home ... or somewhere.

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