I have a real love/hate relationship with the TLC show What Not To Wear. We all know the premise — it’s basically a makeover show for someone who has no idea “how to dress.” That could mean anything from a person fully bedecked out in polyester to someone else who dresses in clothes 3 sizes too big, to other people who just dress plain ol’ ugly. Sometimes I think they do a great job, but other times I think, leave that person alone, they’re happy wearing plaid 24-7!
Since I was sick most of last week, and all I could really do was lay in bed with the television on (as the fever wouldn’t let me sleep), I turned on the tube to something other than Noggin. When I’m not watching kids’ programming, seems I am tuned in to TLC. I just love the way people get things done so fast there! (A room done over in only 2 days! Just like real life!)
Anyway, the episode that was on was of a working mother who had not spent any money on herself in about 10 years. Her wardrobe consisted of outdated work clothes that were unflattering and her casual wardrobe consisted of outdated casual clothes that were unflattering. The woman explained that she’d rather spend the money on her kids. And whether it was the TheraFlu or not, that’s when I felt like “oh man, I can relate.”
Before having a kid, I used to spend money on clothes for myself. I had a closet full of nice threads and I wore them to work, going out, or just walking around the city. But since having Mamie my wardrobe consists of, well, it consists of jeans, cords, trainers, boots and layering t-shirts. Sure, my hair is always “done” and a coat of lipstick is most often applied, but when I went shopping recently for clothes, I kept thinking, “what the hell do I wear these days?”
It’s easy in the summer to throw on a vintage skirt and tank top and feel like I have some style, but in the winter? Well, I’m sure you’ve seen me because I wear THE SAME THING every day (skinny jeans, boots, thermal, t-shirt). Not that I really care. I still have a closet (less) filled with nice things to wear, should I ever need to. (When will that be again?)
Anyway, this episode of WNTW really hit home with me. Yes, I have to say that I’d rather be shopping for my daughter these days than myself, but I also saw how important it is to do for your own self. I don’t my kid nominating me for that show, like this woman’s son had. So as soon as I’m completely better, I’m going to go out and buy something new. Yes, it will most likely be another pair of jeans just like I have, because the knees on these are getting worn from playing on the floor with Mamie, but that’s ok. It’s a start anyway.