As a high school teacher, I was a top notch dresser. Suits, slacks, skirts every single day. The occasional Friday down day with khakis or jeans, but really, for 6 years I did my best to dress for the job. I was a professional and wanted to look the part. And, I was young and figured that the only way for me to really have any authority was to dress older, more mature, like a sassy school librarian.
A member of my department once asked me why so many kids wanted to be in my class. I told him it was because I wore tight sweaters. There were a few times that I'd get to school and feel like a dork. On those days, at lunch or my consultation period I'd run home and change my clothes and feel better about life.
Once as a teacher, the kids in my 5th period were making fun of me. They thought I had too many pairs of shoes. I had no idea that they were keeping track but it was springtime and we all had cabin fever. The kids and I made a bet that for the rest of the school year, about 5 weeks at the time, I would wear a different pair of shoes every day until school got out. It took a lot of outfit planning and a chart to keep things straight but I did it. I had like, 80 pair of shoes at the time and I think on the last two days of school I had to wear flip flops but I did it.
When I moved to a new job - more of an office job - I still dressed the part. I looked good every day. I wore skirts and slacks, but the guys I worked with all dressed like total bums most of the time (jeans and wrinkled shirts) so it rubbed off on me a bit. And, most of the teachers in my classes were equally "relaxed". I start to think it was okay to wear jeans to work, at least on days that I wasn't teaching.
Flash forward to right now. My job at the moment is exclusively mom. Homemaker. Crazy lady who hangs out with a 4 year old and 21 month old every single day. All day long. I read an article last week about "dressing for the job", particularly if you're a mom. And it's got me thinking about my wardrobe - or lack there of.
What does the wardrobe for my "job" look like though? Pretty much like the wardrobe of Nacho Libre. Stretchy pants and t-shirts that are hopefully clean and not too small. Honestly, I change my clothes about 3-5 times a day. From sweats to jeans to sweats and back again. At home, I really do dress like a bum. My hair is done and my make-up applied, but I could really use some help from Clinton and Stacey.
I see those moms - the ones dressed to the nines every day. They may never leave their house but they still have prom hair, go-go boots, skinny jeans and are perfectly accessorised. I'm not one of those people. I'd rather have well behaved kids who know I love them and will play with them on the floor that a manicure and expensive pants.
I mean, I never wear my sweat pants in public. I take them off before I do carpool drop off and put them back on when I get home.
What's the point? Oh, I don't know. The point is I don't know how to dress.
Ah man. The story of my life.