If you ever were to watch me go through Pintrest, you’d noticed that my eye is drawn to business attire. I used to love wearing pencil skirts, blouses and heels.
I’ve had this mindset that I didn’t need to dress nice anymore. The kids were just going to get stuff on my cloths anyway. And besides, they were the ones who needed new clothes.
I let my wardrobe go. Like really go. Down to a pair of jeans, gym shorts and a couple of t-shirts. My body had changed and all those fitted clothes didn’t look so great on my once lived in tummy.
I set out earlier this summer to create a workhorse capsule wardrobe. I wanted to get out of my rut. I wanted to actually feel good about myself when I got dressed in the morning or went out and ran errands with the kids. I was sick of looking like a mess.
My completed summer SAHM Workhorse Capsule Wardrobe is almost finished and I’ll be posting pictures soon!
There’s more to all this than just looking nice. Here are a few reasons why the stay-at-home-mom should care what she wears.
Glorify Your Vocation
It’s SO easy to let yourself slide by the wayside and give everything you’ve got to your kids, husband and home.
But what does that say about your vocation? That you literally become a dump because you give every last ounce of yourself to your kids?
Yes, we’re called to sacrifice and die to ourselves, but we’re also called to show the joy in this vocation as well. I personally don’t feel great about myself when I’m not showered and dressed in clean clothes.
There is nothing wrong with wearing nice things. It shows that you respect yourself enough to take care of the body God gave you. Honest.
And yes, there are seasons when it’s too hard to get dressed up. But once you get past that immediate survival zone, putting on a clean shirt that fits you right now can make all the difference in your attitude towards life.
I’m sure you husband doesn’t mind when you look nice when he walks in the door either. Just saying…
Others Take YOU Seriously
Since I’ve been focusing on dressing up for the day, I’ve noticed that others take me more seriously. People seem more willing to help a woman who looks put together than one who’s a disheveled, frizzy mess.
I can’t say my kids are perfect little angles when I’m wearing something I feel great in. But I can tell you that I feel better about myself and that trickles down into how I treat the people around me.
Take YOUR Job More Seriously
How many studies have been done that show how our attire influences our attitudes? More than I can count and they’re right. Dressing up for your job helps you take your job more seriously. It also tends to make you happier about your day.
Obviously, dressing up needs to be practical. In my case, I needed all my clothes to be:
- Breastfeeding friendly (you can check out my post on Making Your Current Wardrobe Breastfeeding Friendly)
- Flattering fit (specifically around the stomach area) and colors
Here are a couple of outfits I’ve been wearing lately (or pretty darn close).
You’ll notice that I wear the same sandals pretty much every day. But that’s okay with me.
And for a dress on Sunday. I’ve taken to tying the chambray shirt in a knot around my waist and kind of making a denim cardigan/jacked out of it.
I’m still wearing casual clothes, but I’ve been able to elevate things above just gym shorts and a t-shirt. I still wear that occasionally, but overall, I’ve been trying to dress for success.
What do you think? Have you noticed a difference when you dress nicer? Have you tried it yet?