Last week I decided that I was going to prove something to myself and the world: that it IS possible to wear real pants everyday of the week.
Or a dress. Or a skirt. Or shorts now that the weather is nice.
I started on May 1st so it hasn’t yet been a full 7 days. But, so far, so good…
So, why did I decide to make a point of bringing real pants back?
I get emails from moms all the time. Emails about how they can’t come up out of yoga pants because other clothes don’t fit their lifestyle.
I get that. I mean, come on. I was that person for like a strong 5 10 years.
But also, I can say for certain it’s a little bit of a lie.
Because you CAN wear other pants aside from yoga pants. And you CAN wear shoes that have arch support. And you CAN wear a shirt that isn’t unisex and/or emblazoned with the logo of a 5k you didn’t actually run.
You just don’t want to.
Because you’re tired. And rushed. And on a budget. And over extended. And pretty sure it doesn’t matter anyway since before the hour is out you will have spit up down your back, stickers on your butt, and a nipple shaped wet spot on your shirt courtesy of your leaky boobies that won’t be stopped by the breast pad that you just discovered UNDER your boob.
The things my UPS man has seen.
I get it y’all. Waking up and combing your hair and showering and climbing into a pair of jeans that don’t really zip unless you put them on before your coffee is a lot to ask when you maybe haven’t brushed your teeth since Sunday morning when your husband finally took a turn with the baby.
I. Get. It.
But, think back. To when showering was commonplace and pulling an all nighter meant that you were actually having fun and other grown ups were involved.
Remember how killer you felt, freshly shaved, not a root in sight, rocking your newest dress and a sweet pair of heels when you walked into a room and people turned to look because you were smoking hot, not making a scene by yelling at your son to get his hand out of his pants and flashing boob nipple because you forgot to button your shirt correctly after you nursed the baby.
I’m not saying you can be that other girl again, or that you even want to, but you can look amazing. Which will in turn make you feel pretty spectacular too. Or, at least not quite so shot up.
There’s just something about looking like a million bucks that makes you feel like at least 75 thousand. I don’t mind being a 75 thousand kind of girl.
Which is why I decided to do my #31in31 challenge.
Every single one of the 31 days in May I’m going to wear for real pants (or some sort of a conscious outfit choice). And, I’m going to do my hair and wear real shoes. To the store, to preschool pickup, to the park, and doctor’s appointments, and Walmart if I find myself unlucky enough to have to visit one, and my parents’ house, and to everywhere.
Just to prove it CAN be done. And also that it should!
I hope you’ll join me by sharing your real pants with me this month.
I’ll be hosting this link up all month long. Feel free to link a stylish post from anytime, but I hope you’ll be inspired to put on your real pants and link up something new!