Moms Behaving Badly: Inappropriate Attire
When it comes to fashion, I’m hardly perfect. Though I’m often seen on this site sharing my favorite must have non-mom jeans, must have shoes, or even 3 ways to wear a certain clothing item, truth be told, 5 days out of 7, you’ll most likely see me completely “not dressed.”
Let’s face it, most of you are probably familiar with the “not dressed” lifestyle as well… you know, Lululemon yoga pants, a tank, sweatshirt, hair in a bun, etc. Assuming you all workout in the morning like me (um, most of the time), and then just stay in said (sweaty) clothes until 7pm when you change into another “not dressed” get-up (pajamas), it’s pretty to easy to feel unkempt and unattractive. However, there are times that we do try to step it up… that we know we have to be “presentable….” Drop off/ pick up at school is one thing, but parent/teacher conferences, open house, date night, birthday parties, etc… These are the times when yoga pants and the stained tee thing ain’t okay.
But here’s the thing: OVER-DRESSING or dressing INAPPROPRIATELY during those events is even a more flagrant offense in my opinion. Like I said, I’m hardly a poster child for “perfectly dressed mom of the year,” (I’m more like Perfectly Disheveled… always), HOWEVER, in the past few years, I’ve witnessed more "DRESSING DON’TS" at these events. Here are the two biggest offenders I’ve ever seen:
Event: Kid’s Birthday Party
Location: Bowling Alley
What: Mom in the tightest jeans (FINE, skinny jeans, permitted), BUT with 5 inch strappy heels and an equally strappy top. Also, sunglasses.
WTF: Seriously, with the heels??? You’re at a BOW-LING-ALL-EY. With kids. And balls that have been touched by old dirty men. And greasy pizza. Heels AND sunglasses. Clearly you have no intention of helping your kid bowl then, I guess? Inappropriate! Try a cute pair of jeans, Converse and a cute tee. I mean come on!
Event: Kindergarten Orientation
Location: At the Beach! (We live in So Cal…lucky)
What: Mom in a string bikini. Oiled up.
WTF: Um, not sure if you got the memo, but this is an orientation for newcomers, meaning: a) You don’t know anyone. B) you will be meeting the principal. When aaaaalll the parents are wearing bathing suits UNDERNEATH their “beach clothing,” and the only bathing suits we’re seeing are on 5-year-olds, did you really think no one would comment and stare at you with your bikini and overly oiled body. We see that you’re trying to get a tan. That’s great. And I’m jealous. But the triangle top and barely there bottom, is not appropriate when you’re going to be spending the afternoon wrangling your child from the waves and mingling with other new parents to set up play-dates. Although… I can guarantee there were probably a few dads that wanted to “wrangle” you and set up a date of their own.
All in all, Moms, if you ever show up in these outfits to any of these scenarios, I can guarantee people (like me) will look, judge, and say WTF. Then we’ll crawl back into our yoga pants and wait for our queue to have to get “dressed. “