Friday, November 4, 2011

Sign of the (Old) Times

It is a happy afternoon here at the Pretty, where we've scheduled a park playdate for Master P followed by a happy hour playdate for Mom (minus toddler, plus girlfriend). I should say it's happy with a slice of wistful, that is, for while picking out an outfit to somehow take me through those two disparate events I realized I was missing something.

Ladies of a certain vintage, remember having a "going out" section of your closet? I do too - what I don't remember is having traded it all in for sensible flats and shirts that camouflage spit-up stains. I'm keenly aware that I've been seeking out Operation MILF attire, trying to straddle that balance between chic and comfortable, but I didn't realize that I'd also entirely edited out the clothes that were, ya know, going out clothes.

What I mean to say is this - my wardrobe is now entirely sensible. Not that I'm running around the playground in bhurkas, exactly but there is no longer an option that doesn't include covering all of the relevant ladybits in entirely respectable, machine washable, non-sparkly material. That is assuredly for the public good, said bits no longer looking as they once did, but the wardrobe change gave me pause today. (For you there clutching your pearls, don't act too surprised - Pretty prude that I am now, even I was once a college student. Yes, really.)

Funny thing is, now that I have the budget to get a few of the clothes I wanted in my going out days, of course I'm more inclined to spend it on things less likely to make me popular in a bar. There's definitely a shoe or two that still sneaks in under the "wildly impractical" radar - ahem - but today, for example, I'm finally ordering that DSLR camera I've been eyeing, my AnniversarChristmaBirthday gift to self. I'll get less Happy Hour mileage with it but more photos of my scrambling about toddler, and that's a more than OK trade in my book . . .

I don't promise an end to the low-fi iPhone photos, but I will try to learn & do better with the fancypants new one.

. . . but I still may add a not-too-scandalous strappy top or two just for old time's sake; I'm not conceding the "Prettier than Everyone Else" quest until the AARP card arrives, if then.

8 comments:

Elz said...

I had the same problem a few years ago. My wardrobe was entirely sensible (for ork), which meant I had zero in the "going out" category. You can keep the camera and get a few going out clothes at places like Zara. Just saying...

malislatkis said...

I think that your a pretty confident, sexy, stylish woman without that closet part! cheers!

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

I feel ya, sister. I have a few tanks with "sparkles" that I layer under cardigans. That's about as fun as it gets around here.

Glamorous Newlywed said...

Hah! I think we all struggle to get a handle on the 'mommy wardrobe" :)
Just found your blog - love it!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

Oh the going out clothes.. Man, I remember those! I still have a few halter tops, which now get worn under cardigans. I really am old...

[darci @ the good life] said...

oh, how i love your wit..... it's insane how much life changes with a little one in tow. this is all so new to me and so the "dressing sensibly" comment is something i thought might just be a "my baby is still fairly young....in a month or so i'll be back to my normal, somewhat stylish self" phase. however, i'm learning that those chances are very slim. i wear jeans and flats A LOT... i NEVER, EVER wore them before. high heels and a suit or slacks for work and then something cute for running around town / date night, etc.

times have changed! but, i like this new gig...... even if it means i wear flats all.of.the.damn.time and i'm only 5'1", which makes me look even shorter and stumpier than i really am! now, let's be honest.... i wear yoga pants and black flip flops a lot too. so, maybe jeans and flats are now considered dressing up? oh.my.gawd.

The Shabby Princess said...

I am not a member of the Mommy Mafia--yet, but, I too have found my closet is lacking. For years of education and then Corporate America, my closet is mostly suits, button downs and cardigans. Exciting! Although, I am beginning to rectify the situation in that I bought two terribly impractical dresses over the weekend.

Naptime in Suburbia said...

I can completely relate to this. I'm a new mom and my current wardrobe is stuck somewhere in a post-career, post-maternity, but not-quite-back in the old jeans quandry. On the rare occasions that I've had the opportunity to actually dress like a grown-up, I've been left improvising.

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