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Fashion Notes: Mom clothes

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, August 14, 2007 10:46 PM (Eastern)

I have to smile a bit when people complain about the current trendiness of "maternity clothes"--those ubiquitous empire-waisted dresses and tops. Back when I was pregnant, there was no such trend. It's not the maternity clothes I ever had a problem need wear them only part of the nine months, they don't have to look that good. You will wear them only a few times in your entire lifetime. What I found a bit mind-boggling, was what to wear after you had the kids.

Here--like everything else associated with pregnancy and childbirth--you were assumed to have become an entirely different person. An entirely different creature, really. I was fuddled at first, having to retire my closet full of dryclean-only suits, blouses and dresses, to replace them with...what?

The answer, friends, is jeans. Lots and lots of jeans. They can be nice jeans, but they have to be the kind of jeans you can put in the washing machine, because it takes two seconds for the jeans to have a greasy handprint on them.

With the jeans, you need fitted tee shirts. Lots and lots of fitted tee shirts. Again these must be machine-washable, greasy handprint-able.

It goes on that way for some years. You really can't have nice clothes.

It's been only the past couple of let's say five years' worth of jeans and fitted tee shirts...that I've been able to move on, to actual non-jean pants. You no longer get greasy handprints, yet you don't have the time or money to wear dryclean-only clothing.

I've moved on to khaki pants. Lots and lots of khaki pants. Moms don't have time to shop, and when they do, they have to shop with the kids, so there is a tendency to buy a lot of whatever works. I like these khaki pants actually, just as I secretly liked the jeans and fitted tee shirts; it's a uniform, and like any uniform, its purpose shines through and makes it noble.

I'd like to say I've gone on to better fitted tees, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm still wending my way through the black, white, and grey-brown batch I got the last time I made a fitted tee shirt run (actually I didn't like the color selection, that's how I ended up with these; I'm just saying).

But I had an interesting experience recently: dresses. I have not bought dresses since...ah...probably since before my first kid. I'm drawing a blank. Recently I bought some dresses for a specific reason; I had to buy dresses. It was...reminiscent somehow of that scene in M.A.S.H. where there was a truck loaded with silk dresses, and the women found out about the dresses, and they all went running in a crowd towards the truck. There is something magic about dresses. Perhaps the symbolism...but let's not be dreary. There's nothing like a dress.

I went a little nutty and bought six dresses. I was tempted to take some pics today (I tried all the dresses on again, to figure out what jewelry I would need to make for each) but I'll probably do that later on.


Colleen Shirazi continues to blog here: Life of Colleen
4 comment(s)
August 15, 2007 8:26 AM, Blogger cmm said...

oh. I love dresses! I rarely wear them but I love them.
WHERE on earth were you able to find SIX dresses? I've not been able to find any in the stores around here. Other than trendy juniorsized dresses that would look ridiculous on a 30-something year old mother.

August 15, 2007 12:43 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I can send ya an's a seeeeecret store.

August 17, 2007 7:33 AM, Blogger cmm said...

speaking of mom clothes-
I'm not exactly sure how I stumbled upon this blog last night, but it is great. A mom after my own heart!

August 17, 2007 3:07 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Cool blog! :)


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