A Year in Review – Day 31
….. I still don’t know! Can you believe it? After an entire year and ten styles later, you’d think I’d be able to pick one style. I mean, that would make life so simple, wouldn’t it? Okay, so let’s say I picked Rock and Roll — All I’d have to do is put on a dog collar and Pat Benatar t-shirt and off I go to preschool drop off. I would no longer have to think about clothes so much. I could think about things like bio-chemistry and world geography and how to use a spray tanner… But Rock and Roll isn’t me…
None of the styles are completely me.
After this bracing realization sunk in, instead of getting frustrated, I decided to take a different approach. I decided to steer away from picking one particular style and just ask myself this question instead —
“What do I do all day?”
And suddenly, a ton of banal, non-glamorous tasks popped into my head — Things like clean the kitchen, chauffeur kids around, feed pigs (literally), go to the grocery, do laundry, return books to the library… the list goes on and on. And none of my daily tasks are anywhere close to the glamorous tasks in fashion magazines. You know those articles where they lay out an outfit and have a cute title with it like, “Weekend getaway” or “Bridal Shower” or “Quickie in the copy room with the married water delivery guy.”
Since becoming a mom I’ve just assumed that every day I do “nothing” because my day isn’t all that terribly exciting — no bungee jumping, eating dangerous sushi or hooking up with random strangers. But I am doing things — I’m doing lots of things all day — In fact, I barely sit down and I should stop comparing myself to invisible more exciting people and start showing up — dressing really well — to my own life.
So I picked five areas in my life that I need outfits for and then went in search of those outfits — regardless of style — I just found clothes that felt like me.
So here they are — These are my first attempts at “Holly Style” —
1. The Errand Outfit
I do errands every single day of the week, usually with kids in tow. I’m never going to escape doing errands, so I might as well have a cute outfit on. This outfit is completely comfortable and casual and I could go from the bank, to the park, to the grocery in it without ever wanting to tear it off, run home and go put on a pair of sweatpants.
It’s basically a jazzed up version a typical mom uniform — I just replaced the mom jeans with cute jewel-toned cords and the white mom sneakers with comfy boots. The pear sweater (J Crew) is a fun touch and it’s wash and wear so my kids can sneeze on me all they want. I can throw the whole outfit in the wash!
2. The Mom’s Night Out Outfit
When my friends and I go out we always do the same thing – sit at a restaurant and talk for hours and then maybe catch a late movie. It’s not wild, but it’s so much fun.
So for my “Mom’s Night Out” look I picked a cute Michael Stars Cheetah top (Thred Up), really comfortable Vera Wang boyfriend jeans (Goodwill) and super high heels because I’m not going to be walking very far. I’ve learned this year that uncomfortable shoes are great for “sitting” situations.
3. The Work Outfit
As a writer, sometimes I have meetings and want to look put together, but casual. Writers, unless you’re Danielle Steele, don’t usually dress up and comedy writers never dress up. I think this outfit helps me blend in with the pack without looking frumpy.
4. The Date Night Outfit
My husband and I don’t go out on dates as often as we should, but when we do I like to pretend that he hasn’t seen me at my worst (stomach flu, giving birth) and that we’re actually trying to still look attractive for each other. I found this DIANE VON FURSTENBERG wrap dress at a consignment store for THIRTY DOLLARS. Since most DVF wrap dresses are three hundred dollars, I couldn’t believe my good fortune. I made the mistake of wearing the wrong colored tank with this dress (off-white), so it looks kind of strange. But for my actual date night with my husband I will wear a much darker tank and I think this dress will look great!
5. The Farm Outfit
I chose this Free People ensemble for my farm outfit. We have friends over a lot and I thought this outfit was so “farm chic”. It’s so comfortable (thanks to the fleece-lined tights) and casual enough for brunch or a BBQ. And as you can see, it’s totally goat-friendly.
So that’s it! What do you think of my choices? Would you say I picked a style or do the clothes look like a bunch of different styles? I can’t wait to hear!
And most importantly, am I on the right track?