A recent study by Google found that “what mums should wear back to school” searches have increased by 40 percent this year. It seems that a dirty tracksuit, with unwashed tied back hair and whatever shoes are closest to hand, isn’t a good enough wardrobe anymore. Moms now have to *gasp* CARE about what they look like as well as remember lunch boxes and gym kits and tombola donations, etc.
The UK press fills its gossip pages with pictures of yummy celeb mummies dropping off and collecting their offspring, with photos usually featuring supermodel Elle Macpherson, designer Stella McCartney, actress Liz Hurley, and model Claudia Schiffer, whose kids all have gone to the same school. Known as “the Strip,” this street in West London is home to two of the capital’s most exclusive and expensive private schools. Even Princes William and Harry went there!
Have these images caused regular moms to think they need to up the style stakes in order to compete? What has caused women to put this added pressure upon themselves? Isn’t it enough that our kids are snot free with combed hair and shoelaces done up? That they have their homework in on time and have practiced all their singing/dance moves for the school play? Surely the last thing we need worry about is how great WE are looking. Won’t a pair of jeans and a black top do? I don’t even bust out a pair of leather trousers when I hit the town, let alone when I hit the school run!
Thankfully at my son’s school, women turn up in all different attires: some ready for a day at the office, others in gym gear (lucky ducks!), and others like me in a pair of dirty Converse, with a bit of bronzer on our cheeks and our hair still wet from the shower. It is the SCHOOL GATES, not a fashion show. We, thankfully, do not have photographers wanting to snap our every move.
But the Jennifer Garners and Kate Winslets of this world do — and they still turn up make-up free, looking as busy and as tired as the rest of us. They prove that you don’t have to be a catwalk queen on the school run; you just have to be happy in your own skin.
All photo credits: Pacific Coast News