I was working at a female-centric TV network when I had my kids. Most of my co-workers were women, and, while there wasn’t a strict professional dress code, a fashion savvy sensibility prevailed. For someone like me, who wore black all through high school and deliberately veered away from anything trendy, dressing for work was stressful. I wanted to fit in, but I also wanted to look like me. Luckily, becoming a mom absolved me of that pressure. Once you’ve grown, birthed, and are raising a human, there are certain fashion “statements” only moms get a pass to make.
After having a kid, my appearance became a much lower priority. People joke about the “mom haircut" and the "mom jeans" and the mom [insert anything a woman who has decided to procreate wears, here], but the reality is that we’re just seeking out time-saving options. Once I was a mom of two, my standards dropped even lower. I rarely buy any clothes with prints on them because I can’t spare the extra second it takes to think about what to pair a floral top with. Dressing in solid colors is just quicker and more efficient, so if I were to open my closet it would reveal nothing but a sea of gray, black, and navy.
I still attempt outfits that reflect my personal style, but motherhood has definitely allowed fashion’s grip on my self-esteem to relax. The great thing about having little kids is that you can practically blame anything on them, including some of these fashion “statements" I'm sure most mothers are pulling off on the daily: