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TGIF! Who’s stoked for the weekend??? #ThisGirl. I’m hoping it’s super productive and also super relaxing…since relaxation is a feeling I have long forgotten now. Ha! More likely than not, I’ll be rocking my Mom Uniform. What the heck is that, you ask?
I’m glad ya did. 😉
My New Mom Uniform is what I’m fondly dubbing the various looks that I keep reaching for since becoming a mom. Or rather, since getting Miss Olivia home for good. This specific look revolves around one of my new favorite tops – which you guys FLIPPED THE FREAK OUT for when I shared it on my Instastories last week. (Especially since they gave me a discount code for y’all to shop – ERICA15). This whole outfit is equal parts comfy + cute, which perfectly fits the bill of my own mom uniform style.
Leopard hoodie (c/o) // Distressed denim (From my FAVORITE place as of late to grab jeans! These are currently BOGO 50% off) // White slip-on sneaker (also comes in a pretty cornflower blue color + blush!) // Butter Lip Cream (shade: “Nights in Rio” – full blog post reviewing the line here!)
Ah, the mom uniform. Stereotypically, a “mom uniform” might look a lot like your college getup from finals week.
A t-shirt with a questionable stain (spit up versus ramen, no difference).
Haven’t washed your hair in 5 days.
Haven’t slept in a week.
I made a vow to myself before having Olivia that I would have a few things for me, no matter what. On my phone, the note is aptly titled “MOM MANTRA.” It’s a list of I will’s, and includes things like putting on mascara everyday “because it makes me feel alive,” and leaving the house at least once a day for my sanity + her wellbeing.
One of them says,
“I will dress up to show her that she has every permission to wear what she wants just because she likes it, even if everyone else is wearing sweatpants and she wants to wear sparkles.”
Obvi I’m not rocking sequins here, nor would I consider glitter part of my mom *uniform*, perse. But in concept, I had found myself in a funk before even becoming a mom, where I’d just grab whatever was top of drawer or get too comfortable being comfortable. That’s an easy rabbit hole when working from home, since there are 100% days where no one sees me besides the cats and the UPS guy. And the mail folks already think I’m crazy. 😉
I knew it would only get *harder* with Olivia in the world, since my priorities shifted. But in putting her first, I knew I needed to intentionally not put me last – or my own self-care would go out the window, and it wouldn’t be good for her, for J, OR for me.
SO. My mom uniform.
A new go-to, that’s not leggings or sweatpants.
Something easy, versatile, + comfy-but-cute.
Fuss-free, low maintenance, + very “me.”
First thing’s first, this hoodie. It’s buttery soft. Like, BUTTAH. The squishiest, softest material that just feels oh so good on your skin, and can also be thrown in a pile in the corner of your room and still look brand new the next day. I KID YOU NOT. Y’all know I lovelovelove this boutique and think everything is reasonably priced to begin with (as noted in last month’s favorites post!). But I *especially* lovelovelove that this leopard gem comes down to about 35 bucks with code ERICA15. Bless up. I also have a striped version, because it’s legit a mom uniform staple for that ultimate cross between comfy + cute! My mom was at my house with me when they came in the mail, and she couldn’t stop touching them – they’re just SO dang soft.
Second thing’s second, these distressed boyfriend jeans. They’re actually called “tomgirl” jeans online instead – ha! I had been on the hunt for a good pair of distressed boyfriend jeans, and when I stumbled upon these, they perfectly fit the bill. They’re a slouchier fit. They cuff perfectly. Pants like this are *perf* for new moms, especially if/when your pre-pregnancy skinny jeans don’t fit like they used to. If you’ve got any extra weight still from baby (TOTALLY NORMAL), these make ya feel comfy AND cool. Ain’t nobody got time for Regina George when sweatpants are all that fits you right now. I didn’t used to (slash typically don’t) think that jeans are “comfortable,” in that I’d always choose comfy joggers with an elastic waistband over more structured denim. But these are comfortable! I think especially since there ARE rips, it’s not a restrictive fit, and they move with your body. So if you’re chasing kiddos, they won’t hold ya back! 😉
Third thing’s third, slip-on kicks. I lovelovelove that they’re as run-around-able as sneakers (or do you say tennis shoes?), but aren’t your gym Nikes. As any new mom can attest, you’re either running arond the house in poochies, or you’re running around pointblankperiod – and need walkable flats to do so. These are insanely comfy, but also don’t look straight up sporty – so they work with more “fashion-y” looks beyond workout pants.
Speaking of workout pants, athleisure can be a v workable mom uniform, except it definitely screams “I’m going to the gym” or “I want to look like I’m going to the gym.” 😉 Not necessarily as versatile if you’re wanting to also be a bit more put together, or if you’re pairing it with hair/makeup (since part of my goal is to keep that up regularly, too, just for me since I enjoy it + it makes me feel goooood!).
So, that’s that! I’ll likely be caught wearing some iteration of this same outfit many, many times in the foreseeable future. Don’t tell. 😉
For any fellow mamas in the house…
What’s your own mom uniform?
And if you’re not a mama, what’s your go-to comfy-but-cute ensembles when you’re trying to not do yoga pants and a topknot? 😉
Peace + blessings, yo. Cheers to the friggin’ weekend.