Monday, May 19, 2014

Elastic Waistband or Jeans?


Here's something that's been on my mind recently:  how I feel about my appearance on a day-to-day basis.

I have come to the conclusion that it is just plain hard to feel attractive when taking care of little ones all day.

[Side Note:  Looks don't contribute to happiness.  I actually think there have been studies on that (can you imagine?), and we all hopefully acknowledge that looks aren't the most important thing about a person.]

All that said, it does feel nice to feel good about you appearance, doesn't it?  Achieving that feeling is easier said than done when you are waking up early, changing diapers, running around a muddy yard, etc. all day.

As an active mom of a 3.5 year old and a 1.5 year old, I tend to gravitate towards the same few casual shirts paired with the same black yoga pants or leggings every day.  Seriously.  Every day.

I see other women wearing jeans while caring for their young kids, and I think 'why?'  I can think of almost nothing more uncomfortable than sitting cross-legged on the floor, playing with Matchbox cars or My Little Ponies, while in a pair of skinny jeans.

Yoga Pants (no, I don't do yoga):  But why wear anything else?


I do dress up for an occasional evening out with my husband, and yes, I even wear jeans for such nights.  Better yet, I like to spring for a dress when we are going out.  It may surprise you that I love clothes.  I even like shopping.

On a daily basis, however, I try to find the balance between comfort and practicality, while maintaining some semblance of being well-groomed.  I like to shower [early]  in the morning before the kids are up, and I usually put on a bit of make-up.  More than clothes for me, shower + make-up = feeling decent about my appearance.  Right or wrong, when I take the few extra minutes to add a pair of earrings or some lipstick to my equation, I feel better throughout the day.

I'm curious, what do my other stay-at-home moms wear on a typical day?  Do you feel better when you pull on some jeans?  Or is your go-to outfit similar to mine?  Do you wear make-up?  Why or why not?

~Julia @ Frantic Mama

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