I Don’t Know How To Dress.

During my 20s, I spent the majority of any money I earned on clothes.

I loved clothes. I loved shopping.

And I blame the fact I was from non-shopping-towns, and moved to a major city where shopping was easy (and my apartment was next to a mall) as the reasons I shopped A LOT.

A lotalotalotalot.

But as a stay-at-home mom to Tom, right now I’m not wearing anything particularly fashion-forward.

Because I’m wearing — well — shorts and T-shirts.

My biggest fashion rule right now is that I’m trying to wear tops that will be harder for Tom to pull down and force me to flash strangers.

Which is all well and good, and I wouldn’t even have thought about my fashion choices at all really, except for the fact that I had nothing to wear on Sunday night when it was time for me to support my BFF, Britney.

Britney showed me up by wearing a sequined leotard. That was my second choice.

Now I know I’ve read blogs and heard jokes about falling into a “mom rut” when it comes to clothing.

But I swear to you, there was no part of me that believed I fit into that.

I’ve met friends for dinner. I’ve met friends for drinks. I’ve attended numerous social events and never have I felt like I didn’t have something I could wear.

Except on Saturday night when I decided to figure out exactly what I would be wearing and realized nothing would do.

Not only that — I had no idea what would do.

But I figured it would come to me as soon as I set foot in my nearest mall that very night.

So I walked into H&M.

It was crazily crowded with about 67 teenagers.

And they all knew exactly what they were looking for, and if they didn’t they had three friends telling them.

And I was just they totally-out-of-place 30-something looking for something I would deem hip enough for a night of Brit.

No idea what that would be.

I tried on an outfit. I looked ridiculous.

So I walked out and went to Forever 21.


That was a terrible, terrible, no good idea.

That place looked like a warehouse of laundry.

It’s a huge store, and it had apparently been invaded by messy people, as there were approximately 1,273 items of clothing on the floor.

At one point, I actually picked up what I thought may be a cute looking top from the floor.

And then I realized I was a 30-something mom who had no business being a store called Forever 21.

The mall closest to me has no Banana Republic or J.Crew, so I checked out the Gap.


So I went back to H&M, and forced myself to buy something that would work.

After two hours at the mall, seven outfit choices, and the realization that I had no idea what to wear, or even how to shop anymore, I bought…

Shorts and a T-shirt.

(They were fancy(ish) though!)

Brit loved it.

I could tell.

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8 Responses to I Don’t Know How To Dress.

  1. Jen says:

    I’m sorry, but this makes me very happy, because I have the same problem. No, we are not allowed to shop at Forever 21 anymore. But it’s a long way from Forever 21 to elastic-waisted crop pants, and shopping in-between, as we will be for the next 20 years at least, is not easy and usually not pleasant.
    I like Kohl’s. That’s pretty much it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You have completely taken the words out of my mouth. We’re too “old” to be young, but too young to wear polyester. Thank you for letting me know I’m not the only one that feels this way! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Robyn says:

    so glad you didn’t choose the sequined leotard because how embarrassing would that have been for both Brit-Brit and you?

  4. Victoria says:

    You looked AWESOME at Britney! I was so jealous. I felt quite frumpy next to you.

  5. Julimarie says:

    please…. in college it was easy- jeans,t-shirt or shorts,t-shirt.(pending if class was 8am or 9am) On bad hair days- hats!! We were in uniform pretty much all day on Saturdays. I bet you looked very sexy in what ever you bought!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh- and Sears or JCPennys- sometimes has some cute “hip-type” clothing for us 30-somethings. But I agree- Kohl’s ROCKS- if you have one near you!

  6. Kaye Smith says:

    Well, I’m going to see Justin Moore tonight at the Noble County fair. I thought about wearing my red cowgirl boots and red cowgirl hat, but have decided folks might think I’m in a profession I’m not. So with gray hair and all, I’m wearing “shorts and a tee shirt”, and I didn’t even have to go shopping:)

  7. waymel says:

    I love so many parts of this post, I don’t know where to start commenting. LOVE!

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