I have a long list of fun things to write about here at The Working Closet, like the best summer shoes and the perfect swimsuit and the best sunscreen ever (seriously, best ever). Because I am totally ready for summer, you all.
Unfortunately, before I can get to summer (and to all those fun summery posts) I have to get through a freelance project at work that is quite literally killing me. Which would be fine, of course (it’s a really cool project and I’m working with great people) except for the part about how after a whole day of conference calls and spreadsheets, I have to oversee homework (third grade has me waving the white flag), come up with dinner (how many more times can I serve beans and rice before my family stages a mutiny?) and get everyone to baseball on time (hardest part: finding all the pieces of my son’s uniform, including his athletic cup and the special underwear it goes in).
I’m dying over here. And I am sorely tempted to just stay in my pajamas all day, because why bother getting dressed? I’m not leaving the house, and when I do, I’m just going to the ball field anyway.
This is the classic Mom Style Dilemma: no matter how old your children are, or what your work situation is, there are windows where real life makes it hard to care what you’re wearing every day. Sometimes it’s the baby phase, with the diapers and the spit up; sometimes it’s the preschool phase, when the kids treat your clothes like a combination tissue/hand towel all the time. And sometimes — like now — it’s the big kid phase, when everyone is out of the house for some part of the day but you’re still running in circles trying to be the mom and the [insert name of job here].
This is when the siren song of the yoga pants in the loudest. You know I’m right.
Of course, if you’re working in an office during the day, you are forced to put real pants (or some sort of clothing) on — even the most Casual Friday office doesn’t really encourage the yoga pants at work (although even as I type that I’m thinking of some of the “work” outfits I’ve seen on “What Not to Wear” — hmm). But this week, I’m thinking mostly of the work-at-home/stay-at-home/omg-still-at-home moms, the ones who may or may not leave the house today, just depending on a whole bunch of stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with them, and who may (or may not!) get dressed because eh, it’s dirty at the ball field and that’s where we’re going to wind up tonight anyway.
Here’s the deal: for one week, I challenge you to get dressed every day. I’m not saying get dressed up — just get dressed. Don’t go through the carpool line in your pajamas (just for example). Put on some clothes. If you can, put on something pretty — a dress or skirt or ruffly top. If you’re still in the yoga pants phase, add a cool necklace or a bright tee or some lip gloss. Do something, though, to make it look like you took five minutes to pull yourself together before you left the house.
Which really means: take five minutes to pull yourself together before you leave the house.
Not leaving the house? Get dressed anyway. Because once you’re dressed, there’s always the possibility of going somewhere, and some days going anywhere — even the grocery — is a welcome change from being home. Plus, you’re dressed!
Today is Monday; make the commitment to get dressed every day this week, or at least every week day. One week — that’s it! So easy. I’m willing to bet that if you take the time to get dressed, you’ll feel better about pretty much everything. Try it, and let me know how it goes.
And don’t forget to snap a photo of what you’re wearing every day, and share in The Working Closet Flickr pool! I’ll be showing you what I pull together this week, for baseball and work. I promise it won’t be yoga pants (but that’s as far as I’m willing to go right now because omg work is killing me …)