Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Mom-O-Flage Update

You know the days.

Your kid is up early, while you are up late. No amount of coffee is sufficient to make up the difference between the two.

You have to venture out in public - paging Murphy and her law - so PJs are not an option. You may be seeing friends, so while they'd never judge you for donning the universal Tired Mom wardrobe of yoga pants and the Ponytail of Defeat, you want to do better.

In a day largely out of your control, where you may not be feeling your best, looking your best - ok, your regular ol' day sort of best - helps somehow. It's not about showing off your outfit, but rather shoring up your spirit a bit.

Enter Mom-O-Flage, the uniform to see you through the early morning nursery school run and such. We'll each have our own variation on this, but the universal beauty of the uniform is that it's mindless. As surely as a Kard*ashian gravitates towards a TV camera, you automatically grab this from your closet.

I'm not saying that this is particularly fashion forward - in fact, it is spectacularly unspectacular. That's the point, really, as it is with any good uniform.

I've incorporated some trendy into my spring & summer Mom-O-Flage - the colored denim and the arm party, for example - but the basics are wardrobe staples I've had for years. Sailor tees and pearls studs and sturdy Longchamp totes, forever and ever, amen:



Smug Mummy Style: The Mom-O-Flage
clockwise from left: sailor tee (mine is ancient J. Crew; here's the update) / necklace / tote (old - similar here) / jeans (sold out in this color, budget alternative here) / sandals / bangles / studs

Remember how I vowed to try and fancy up my style posts here with the occasional personal photos, life / toddler permitting? Please brace yourself for the magnificent look of Blue Steel to follow:





Yes, there will still be those days of yoga pants and not enough caffeine. For those times when I can muster that extra bit of effort, though, a uniform just makes me feel Prettier. And we'll take whatever we can get with on those days, right?

If you've sufficiently recovered from my modeling prowess to answer - what's your Mom-O-Flage? 

14 comments:

Belle on Heels said...

Ah yes, I am sitting here wearing the exact same Ye Olde J.Crew Sailor Tee. It's a good one.

Erin said...

Pretty much sums up my day today! I am even lucky enough to attend a 4 year old birthday party this afternoon. Off to sip on my iced coffee during nap time :)

Melissa said...

Love the outfit! Love the pics!

Cheryl Enlow said...

Oh yes, the mom-iform. Now, thank goodness that our time has stepped it up to yoga pants and a fun bright shirt at least because I remember my mom would rock this hella ugly cotton purple stripped shirt with the same print as shorts and they were really long. Ugh. Hideous. And with your oufit here, you have doubley stepped it up. Love it! Its funny what some colored denim and a fun necklace can do....make a sleep deprived mom LOOK normal..haha. Love it all girl.

Sarah said...

I have a confession about this - I am pretty much in workout clothes all of the time. But - BUT! I do workout every morning, either Stroller Strides or running, so they aren't a completely lazy fashion choice on my part. As I'm sure you know, unfortunately a shower and change of clothes aren't always in the cards during the day, so I end up living in them. Here's another confession - I'm addicted to Lululemon (I know). But I figure if it's what I wear 90% of the time then it's justified, right?

LPC said...

I like the uni. And I remember seeing a mom in Converse, jeans, and a moto jacket, at the park 20 years ago. She was so cool. I thought about dressing like her. I never did though:).

Rachelle said...

Very chic - and you even have your toes painted! I just can't seem to make time for a mani/pedi.

Mary said...

You look no ordinary mom...super look. love the blue green pants.

Genny said...

I learned a long time ago that to not fall into the yoga/ponytail rut I need to plan, plan, plan. I wrote about it here: http://gennyalexander.typepad.com/alexander/2012/03/7-day-planning.html

It's the ONLY way I can look pulled together everyday. If I veer even slightly off course ... disaster.

Anonymous said...

JCrew Jackie cardigan (in a super bright color), black and white camisoles, black pants (not of the yoga variety...JCrew Minnie pants or cafe capris). Pearls. Cute, colorful flats. Headbands.
I know, I know...it sounds like a JCrew endorsement, but I honestly wear it most of the time!
I love the sailor tee/bright pants combo...I'll try it out! Thanks for posting!

The Shabby Princess said...

You always look so damn fabulous. Mom-o-flague or not. Damn you. But I still love you or whatever.

Jen said...

I actually find yoga pants and ponytails cute! On myself and other people. : ) I am a bit more casual though...as indicated through my uniform...

dark jeans
heather grey, black or white top
'statement' necklace (or scarf)

paired with boots (winter) flip flops (spring, summer) or ballet flats (anytime!)

Marta said...

I am not remotely as put together as that outfit without having to think about it. If I'm thinking about it yes I would totally wear that. But effortlessly? Never. I think I need to update my wardrobe staples so they become my effortless go tos!

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

You wear your mom-o-flage so well! For the spring it was definitely my Merona stripe tee with the fancy sequins. I have gotten so many compliments on it I figure it's good enough. For summer I usually grab a tank dress or a tank & shorts depending on the possibility of having to do playground rescue climbing.

I have a post coming up about the Longchamp tote (how did I ever live without it?)

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