Sporty Chic — The Reckoning…

Sporty Chic – Day 30

Today is the last day of June, which means I must say farewell to my Sporty Chic wardrobe.  Good-bye to all my racer back tanks, my dresses that I can wear out to lunch and then go snorkeling in and my cute, insanely durable sandals that will stay attached to my feet under almost any circumstances — whether I get swept up in a tornado or I’m just running wildly through Whole Foods trying to catch a loose three year old — these sandals have my back (or my feet, actually).

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Sporty chic style would totally reign supreme in the mom fashion world except for one, somewhat insurmountable and often times saggy problem –

The mom body.

We’re talking about some small clothes here, people.  We’re talking about a form fitting style whether your form is ready to be fitted or not.  This style is made for those mythical super exercise women.   And I’m not talking about “I walk with my latte two miles a day” exercise women.  I’m talking about “I pull tractors with my teeth” exercise women.  Six pack abs, cellulite-free legs and Madonna arms are must-haves for this look.

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Needless to say, this style brought up a lot of body issues for me.  Before this month, I never realized how much I just covered up my dangly parts every day like I’m some modern day elephant woman.  “I am not an animal.  I am mother of three!”

At the beginning of this look, I was wearing a dress with jeans underneath.  How weird is that?  But I just couldn’t imagine actually showing my legs in public.  After years of pregnancies and Pop Tarts, in my mind my legs had become these hideous things that just got me from place to place, like a beat up car I was ashamed of driving.  And I didn’t just cover up my legs.  The first time I walked out of the house in a racer back tank top with my upper arms exposed I felt like I might as well have been topless at a beach in France.

But it felt so liberating to finally throw off my lawn mower tarp and feel the breeze on my limbs again!  Is my body exactly how I’d like it to look?  No, of course not.  But is it as bad as I had built it up in my mind over the years?  No, it isn’t.  No one threw stones at me.  No one vomited in their mouth as I passed.  And unlike some of my other looks (Mod in particular) my kids liked all my sporty chic outfits.  I don’t think they like the outfits so much as they liked mom in the outfits – a mom that could easily play tag or wade through a river or go on a bug hunt… A mom that didn’t mind getting dirty.

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I am so grateful for sporty chic.  The sporty chic look is basically grown play clothes and I realized this month how much my body issues had gotten in the way of me playing.  How many times since having kids have I just dreaded putting on a bathing suit and going to the pool?  How many times have I resisted wearing shorts on a hundred degree day?  And why did I think my arms looked like two dead trouts in a tank top?  Maybe a smaller white fish, but trouts?  That’s a little harsh.

I highly recommend the sporty chic look for any mom.  Don’t let your body issues stop you from trying out this style.  Just put them on, go out and play

Oh, and wear a lot of sunscreen.  I learned that the hard way.  My trouts were frying…

18 Comments

  • Amanda Toop says:

    I am really glad you were able to come out of this with an improved body image. I find that sporty clothes are not say, inherently flattering either but I think they are honestly some of the best “walking around with kids” clothes. The comfort and ease of movement cannot be beat. I tend to lean more towards North Face than Athleta because I think the cuts and colors are a little more flattering. Athleta always adds features like side ruching (which is supposed to help hide your problem areas) or bohemian prints. I don’t really care for either. Anyways, luckily athletic clothing is socially acceptable here in Seattle.

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      You know, I didn’t try North Face at all! That’s a great suggestion. I really need to assemble more sporty chic clothes (even though it’s not my month any more) just for hiking, etc. Thanks!

  • JoulesDellinger says:

    Love this look! I totally agree that a mom who isn’t afraid to get dirty is a good mom to be. Thanks to you I ordered a skirt from Athleta and I can’t wait until it comes so I can try it out for work… and maybe jump in a river afterwards.

  • Laura says:

    I think you looked terrific all month long, and you seemed to really enjoy these clothes. Sporty chic may be a little unforgiving in some ways — though like I said, I think you looked great– but it definitely strikes me as a happy, energetic, open-to-the-world style. I’m a fan. Now if I could just convince my law firm to ditch Casual Fridays and go for Sporty Chic M-Fs….

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Thanks. You should definitely have a sporty chic day at your office — it would make the office chair races so much more fun.

  • jess says:

    Great post, great reminder:) Trouts, ha ha!

  • Lesia says:

    So glad to read this post this morning. Hope that feeling stays with you through the rest of your year’s worth of looks. PS I finally sent you the book, and it looks like I’ve waded through a river with it, but really I’ve just carried it around in an open bag walking with my latte.

    • Lesia says:

      Must have spilled some, rushing to catch the commuter train into town (it’s a bit liquidlogged around the edges…hope you enjoy it anyway).

      • My Year of Fabulous says:

        Thanks so much! My husband said I got a package in the mail, but I haven’t gone through the mail yet. I bet that’s it!

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Thanks. I can’t wait to read it!

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