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Personally, this one was easy for me. For starters, I’m pretty low maintenance. I don’t wear makeup. I don’t wear jewelry (outside my wedding ring and Tau cross and occasionally a watch). I don’t attend any specific events that require social dress codes.
Secondly, I’m a SAHM. I tend not to wear clothes that will get ruined by flinging food and grey water. Jeans, tank tops and sweaters make up the majority of my wardrobe. Most days I don’t even wear socks.
Having said that, I learned some fascinating things about myself during this experiment.
- Being a stay-at-home-mom does not give me license to be frumpy. Back in my Flylady days, I got into the habit of “dressing to my shoes” as soon as I got up. Now that isn’t always the case. And having a baby is a great excuse to lounge in PJs, with bed hair and morning breath, til well into the evening. Diapers, laundry, nursing, etc. The housework piles up around me. But I make myself get up, get dressed and fix my hair every day (except on days when I’m not feeling well. Then I give myself permission to lounge). Why? Because I feel better when I’m dressed. Because I am more productive. Because my husband deserves a pretty wife when he gets home from work.
- Even a stay at home mom can have too many work clothes. I was shocked to see how many office clothes I have. Dresses, skirts, shoes, cardigans, slacks! Cluttering up my closet! I decided to keep one simple black dress out that I knew would fit me and I put the rest away. Now that I see I haven’t touched them at all, I will pare it down to just the basics that I love and put that wardrobe aside. When I return to work, I can pull out the box and feel like I have a whole new wardrobe! For free!
- There is nothing more valuable in a mother’s wardrobe than a good, supportive bra. Specifically, a good supportive nursing bra. I do not have one. If anyone has a suggestion for one, I would love to hear about it.
- Dressing your age makes a huge difference in how you see yourself. I have a collection of silly t-shirts. It is dawning on me that I have outgrown them, and not just physically. They look silly on me. As I weed out my wardrobe, I intend to add them to my “give away” piles to make room for things more appropriate to my style and needs: v-necks, nursing shirts, tunics, sweaters. The silly t-shirts have their place, but not in my closet.
- Clothes last a lot longer than you think. Even the lesser quality products can be stretched quite far, farther than one would expect! I have a pair of pajamas that I have had for over two years that are finally becoming threadbare. A sweater that my mother bought for me as a birthday gift…eleven years ago. I try not to buy anything that can’t just be thrown in and out of my washing machine and dryer. And even with my roughness, I still manage to use the same items without rips, tears or stains.
So what’s next? I think I will participate in Project333 once again this summer. I have challenged Michael to try it too. My husband is a wee bit more clothes-minded (tee hee hee!) than me. I’m not sure if he will bite the bullet, so to speak.
I think after another round, I will be ready to take on a new fashion-minded challenge. I have been following Kristy Powell at One Dress Protest and would dearly love to take on this challenge! I followed Alex Martin’s Little Brown Dress back in 2005 as well, which I loved. There is also the 6 Items or Less challenge, but I’m not quite there yet.
My biggest challenge in choosing and maintaining a wardrobe is to somehow work around nursing Naomi. I wish to continue nursing her as long as she wants to and it can make clothes buying a real challenge. But I will continue to seek out new options and opportunities to both look and feel good, and provide my daughter with proper nutrition and comfort.
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