How important are looks to you now that you’re a mom? Do you spend as much time getting ready or do you care less about your appearance as a mom?
My uniform after the twins were born consisted of yoga pants, nursing tops and flip flops. I cinched my wet hair in a knot because I was too tired to do anything else with it.
Whether I was going to the mall or the pediatrician’s office, I donned the same attire. I was focusing on surviving the newborn months than whether I should apply foundation on my face.
How important are looks to you now that you’re a mom?
Fast forward a few months later and I found more time to prep. Fixing my hair, wearing actual clothes (denim shorts count!) and yes, even putting on makeup. I felt better after these little changes and less like the big blob of the earlier months. I did my best to at least wear real clothes even if the only people who would see me the entire day were my kids.
Getting ready stole precious minutes of my day away from mom-duty. But the result made me feel better and reminded me that the madness of the first few months was temporary. I was excited to go back to work for the excuse to get dressed, look presentable, and feel better about myself.
But is there too much pressure to look good too soon? Remember Kate Middleton’s delivery of Prince George? There came applause for baring her baby bump on one side. But she also received skepticism for having fresh-blown out hair and makeup on the other. Then came the criticism of how slender she appeared a mere few weeks later.
There has been so much talk about the pressures to look good post-pregnancy, including the Fourth Trimester Bodies project featured on The Huffington Post. The photographer showcases women’s bodies during the first few months after delivering their babies. The project hopes to portray women’s beauty with curves and everything.
Then there’s this gem of an article by Amy Wruble titled “Fashion Faux Mas: 10 Reasons Moms Dress Like Crap.” It had me laughing from numbers one through 10 because of how much I could relate. Yes, there’s a reason I don’t wear dangling jewelry and it’s not always because I don’t have the time to put them on.
Dressing well and feeling good is important when I’m at work or meeting with friends and family. This is when I’ll put on makeup, wear real clothes, and, for special occasions, fix my hair. I save the time to dress well for when I’ll actually see people I know.
Otherwise, I dress “mom-ish,” but hopefully in a stylish sort of way. I don’t wear makeup, but I don’t leave the house in pajamas, either.
Though I might sneak in a pair of yoga pants on extra busy days.
Read more posts about balancing motherhood:
- How to Make Time for Yourself (Especially if You Have Kids)
- Feeling Lonely? 13 Moms Share How to Make Friends
- How to Balance Parenthood with the Rest of Your Life
- How to Have a Social Life (Even If You Have Kids)
- Date Nights: Necessary or Over-Rated?
Do you dress any differently now that you’re a mom? Should a mom dress up to feel better or does doing so add unnecessary pressure and tasks to an already busy day? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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