I was dropping off my daughter at preschool the other day and one of the moms commented that she was envious about my gym commitment. “I see you in your gym clothes all the time!” she said, as I looked down to remember that yes, I was once again wearing my favorite yoga pants and black T-shirt uniform.
I quickly reassured her that actually, I wasn’t heading to the gym but to a meeting, a very casual one, thankfully. But as I walked to the car I thought, wow, she notices what I am wearing every day, I should put in a bit more effort.
I really do like to dress well and look nice; it helps me feel more put together. But I work from home and most morning are like a mad dash to get out the door on time, so if I don’t have a business meeting where I can’t wear yoga pants, I usually throw on a pair of jeans and a funky T-shirt without thinking too much about it. (Come to think of it, the one time last week that I did come to my daughter’s preschool dressed up after a meeting, one of the moms pointed out that she loved my shoes, so she was watching too.)
Which brings me to my question, which is a bit rhetorical, I know: Do you check out what other moms are wearing when you drop off your kids at school or daycare? I guess it’s pretty natural, but I never really thought about it.
Susan has a great post over at ParentDish about carpool chic — finding a balance between looking too glamorous at drop off so that you might alienate other moms and too “I didn’t really get dressed this morning” to be taken seriously. I have to admit, on days when I have to drop off or pick up my daughter all decked out in my best business woman outfits I feel a bit odd.
So what about you — do you check out what other moms are wearing at drop-off or pick-up? If you don’t have to get into the office for the day do you still dress up for drop-off or wear whatever is fresh from the laundry?