OOTD :: of proud mamas and comfortably chic

2.18.14

2.18.14

2.18.14

So remember yesterday’s outfit?

Well, I must still be in the throes of SAHM-hood. Perhaps it’s fallout from having such a gloriously long weekend. Whatever the reason, today’s outfit still has remnants of that mom vibe and you know, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

I think SAHMs get such a bad rap about being these lounge pants-wearing, ponytail-sporting, non-makeup-having harried women who roll out of bed and can’t be arsed to do much of anything with their appearances. Unfair, I know, and when one is faced with the reality of household chores and children – thankless and never-ending jobs, I assure you – one should not be judged if one chooses to muck about in pjs all day.

That said, it was proven by my week of styling for SAHMs that fashion and comfort are not mutually exclusive. Therefore, I am not being disparaging or pejorative in the least when I state that today’s ensemble is a mom ensemble. It’s got all these casual elements – wrinkle-resistant jersey skirt and cardi, oxfords and an oversized button up – that allow for running around with the kiddies and taking them out for fro-yo. However, the details of said elements – vibrant neon floral print of the top and equally vibrant cobalt blue of the skirt, not to mention the asymmetric hem of the cardi – combine to create visual interest and elevate this entire outfit.

Now thank goodness I work in the rather bohemian atmosphere of a progressive high school so I needn’t be too “professional”; this ensemble is perfectly proper, thank you very much. But if you wanted to take this look to a more conservative workplace, I suggest you swap out the oxfords for a pair of nice heels, tuck in the top and add a wide belt.

Whatever floats your boat.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Gap
Skirt – Mossimo @ Target
Cardi – NY&Co.
ShoesVery Volatile @ amazon

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ Spy Girl
Très Chic Style Bits @ Searching the Inner Me

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17 thoughts on “OOTD :: of proud mamas and comfortably chic

  1. Oh dear, you look so pretty, so cute indeed!!!
    And you remember me of spring….. I’m sick of winter and you bring such a fresh air,
    Loving the photo with your kid 😉
    Thank you so much for linking with Très Chic Style Bits
    xoxo

  2. The “mommy wars” make me crazy. Even if I have negative opinions on how other moms lead their lives, I keep said opinions to myself. Mainly because I don’t want to hear negative opinions about my choices.
    This outfit is definitely a chic version of SAHM attire. Can you believe I’ve experienced “backlash” for this type of outfit? Other SAHM will make passive aggressive comments about how “dressed up” I am, or they simply ignore me. Ugh.
    Sorry about the rant.

  3. You look just as cute today, as you did yesterday! I don’t know…the colours maybe, but your outfit sings spring!

    And I wholeheartedly agree; always read the book!!! Ideally first, but read IT!

  4. Awesome post and sentiment 🙂

    I love how you match each other with the Grey too 😀 so sweet. Now I like your outfit but I so want hers though with different shorts/pants of course since I’m too old to be called Oliver Twist anymore. (Mum has said I look like that when trying to do dapper sometimes!)

    Mum says thanks for the compliment btw though she could do with a tougher assistant – I totally need to be like Jo (without the being grown in a test tube part and raised as a weapon) from Burst Angel!

    • That was purely coincidental. She just inserted herself in my photo and I rolled with it. In reality, she’s wearing khaki and I’m in taupe. Curse you, bad lighting!

      Burst Angel – not familiar with that. Did a search. Hrmm…labelled yuri and mecha? Not my cup of tea, I’m afraid, but I’ll take your word for it. ;p

      • Yuri!?!

        The girls wearing barely anything or what they’re wearing being too provocative definitely gets my goat, hate that stuff and find it everywhere from the ‘family’ friendly stuff with the kids if ridiculous revealing uniforms to the really out there stuff. I personally stay away from anything ecchi. This one is definitely a girls with guns mecha and scantily clad – but the story was captivating enough and the characters likable. I can usually only watch women portrayed like that when they’re Amazon warrior like their semi-nudity doesn’t really come into it and it’s ‘natural’ for them (though I know the artists didn’t intend it that way and other viewers will love the fan service *yuck*). There was one character who could be considered yuri in places trying to show her ownership/control but it was short lived and nothing beyond a lick on the face (gross but still). Lol anyway I just mentioned if perhaps you knew it. Jo is basically an extremely strong, durable/capable, devoted fighter (I’d personally wear a lot more clothes 😛 )

        • You’re right – I do find a decided lack of strong female lead characters who aren’t scantily clad in most anime. Then again, I’ve not been in the anime scene since Mushishi first aired so I’m not one to talk.

          • Ah well Mushishi is in another league – beautiful, atmospheric backdrops, musical score, massively emotional all contrasted by the seemingly cool, monotone wandering lead character. Truly a masterpiece 🙂

            What I try to do is ignore the portrayals of females to an extent to watch the story but I have a low tolerance level of it.

  5. I was a SAHM for awhile and I gotta say it was not easy pulling it together every day. My daughter constantly saying,”Mooooooommmmm, please don’t wear that!” kept me honest. Though I would imagine you can even make grubby sweats look stylish. And just look at your adorable kiddo!

    • My adorable kiddo is in what she considers her “Hunger Games” garb because she just recently finished reading it. I told her she couldn’t have the pin or watch the movie until she read the book. English teacher. I know. And yes, she keeps me honest too. She’s probably my best fashion critic and she’s only 8! 😀

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