Thursday, April 9, 2015

How do you really look?

My 11-year old son is a chip off the old block, stylistically speaking. He takes notice of what people wear and carefully picks out his outfits being sure to match the color of the logo on his socks to a stripe in his shirt. He'll emerge from his room and ask me, "How do I look?" because he knows he's done a good job of coordinating his clothing. He "gets" it. Makes mama proud, for some reason.

The other day told me that he likes athletic clothing and decided that is his "style." Then he looked at me and asked, "What's your style?"

As I was thinking in my head, hmmm, casual chic, he answered his own question for me.

"Workout clothes?"



He (and everyone else) does see me in gym clothes 80% of the time. Usually because after my morning workout, like a lot of stay-at-home moms, I stay in them to run errands, do things around the house, and don't get my shower in until the end of the day.

But it got me thinking.

How many of us think of ourselves one way, but live another, therefore not fulfilling our sense of self...our style destiny, if you will?

My son sees me as Workout Mom, which is fine, but I feel it's important to go that extra mile to look more presentable. One of my pet peeves is how casual people have become. And I'm one of them more often than I realize!

I used to take time to lay my outfits out the night before and coordinated jewelery when I worked, before kids. I do still do that for "special" occasions--meeting up with friends, parties, etc.--but not so much for my own family and people around town.

So, now that I'm aware of my style reality, I'm making an effort to get a shower in early in the day and dress a little nicer around the house and out and about. With all the running around we do after school, it really feels better to be more presentable. I want the kids to see me the way I see myself, (somewhat) stylish and cute.

So, if you'd like to join me on my journey to looking more put together with ease, stay tuned! I'm thinking of ways to make figuring out everyday style easy. How to create go-to outfits, organizing your wardrobe, shopping for key pieces to keep up with trends.

Think of people you know who always look great. Don't you want to be one too?

We can do it.

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