Now that you’re a mom, you don’t have to trade in your skinnies for mom jeans and a fanny pack, but you might start seeing changes in your closet. It’s survival of the fittest, and some articles of clothing just don’t have what it takes. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the future, or make the best of your present, depending on where you’re at in your motherhood journey.
Whites: The Enemy
There are a few things you should just avoid for the next decade or so: white anything, silk, dry-clean only items. Put them in a time capsule, and get them out when your kids start middle school. I was feeling like a rebel last week and wore a white skirt. I beat the odds, making it the whole day without a single stain, but it was a lot of work.
“Don’t wipe your hands on my skirt.”
“Don’t rub your face into my skirt, I’m not a Kleenex!”
Having to be hyperaware of my surroundings took away from having a carefree day, but it could be worth it depending on the occasion, or how much you love the outfit. Break this rule at your own risk!
Brooches: Your New BFF
Keep a brooch, or two, or three, or however many you think you might need, in your purse. If you get a little stain, some spit up, a chocolate finger print, snot smeared on your collar, don’t fret! You’re prepared! Take out your pin and cover up that stain(s). Whether you’re wearing an oversized T-shirt or a dress, we can make brooches a mom fashion trend (and no one will know the real reason you’re making this bold fashion choice).
Patterns: Mom Camouflage
I’m sure by now you’re seeing a trend in “mom fashion.” It really comes down to covering up stains! Next time you’re looking to buy a new item, remember that patterns are a great preemptive purchase. You’re less likely to see a stain on a busy print than you would with a solid colored article of clothing. A little dirt mixed into that floral pattern will look right at home!
Scarves: The Swiss Army Knives of Accessories
The scarf goes beyond just the stain cover up, although I’ve used mine to hide embarrassing nursing leakage, which was a lifesaver. It also can be used for so much more: a nursing cover, a blanket if your little one’s cold, a rag to wipe up other embarrassing body fluids or stains — the uses are endless. Add some style around your neck, and walk a little taller knowing you’re ready for just about anything that can come your way.
We hope these tips help prepare you for whatever stains or embarrassing moments that come your way. Remember we’re all in this together, and if you see a smile on another woman’s face over your stain-covered outfit, it’s probably because she’s remembering all those times she’s been there. Every dirty hand print or food mustache that’s transferred to your shirt can be frustrating, but it’s also a rite of passage for moms. It’s part of the life we’ve chosen, and honestly, we wouldn’t have it any other way.