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:
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?