Mommy Wardrobe: Comfort is Key

A few weeks ago, when discussing getting ready for the Femworking conference, there was a discussion about yoga pants on twitter.

Ahhhh yoga pants – they’re like a staple in the unspoken mommy wardrobe must-haves.

No really, few days will I ever go out without yoga pants. I was a bit worried when I couldn’t find my wunder under leggings (not the crops) because it’s getting cold outside and crops, despite the fact that they’re a touch longer on me, aren’t cutting it anymore.

Confession: when not in my beloved wunder unders, you’ll probably find me in my beloved Gap maternity skinny jeans – I heard on the radio when I was pregnant this segment on the Kane Show about women wearing maternity pants after they’re no longer pregnant…and yes. I’m one of them. Listen, I spent like $50 (okay probably not that much, I think I got them on sale) on these jeans and dangit, they’re comfy and they do not cling to my ah-hem…wobbly bits (in the words of Bridget Jones) like my other jeans. So of course I’ll wear them 7 1/2 months post partum. Sue me.

But really, I’d rather wear yoga pants.

I probably could have gotten away with wearing my “nice” leggings and a nice sweater to Femworking, but alas, I didn’t. I went with a dress – a pseudo-casual dress but man, I should have gone with jeans. Hindsight is always 20/20.

But listen, about the leggings. I can dress them up. Add a pretty sweater, and a pair of Tory Burch flats (or JCrew flats, you know, whatever your style) and I’m ready to go to play group. Throw on a pair of Hunter boots for a rainy day. Literally, I can do anything with these lululemon leggings. Add a comfy sweatshirt and you’ve got your lazy day slug wear. Boom. What more do you need?

{leggings | tank | Sweater (similar) | Shoes}

That being said, given that I work part time and do go into an office, I do get dressed up. Sometimes.

{dress | sweater}

This was taken towards the end of summer before heading into work. Don’t mind the mess in our room. Also random, but those sandals were purchased back in 2009 at my bachelorette party at the Steve Madden store on Newbury Street in Boston. I’m pretty sure this was their last summer as they’re stretched out and worn down and just in general, sad looking. I am beyond devastated. But this means, for my birthday I’m upgrading to a pair of gold Jack Rodgers.

I digress. It’s not impossible to look nice and be a mama and be comfortable. Listen, i spend half my day on the play mat entertaining baby.

Here’s how my day breaks down and this is a rough estimate, it sometimes changes day to day.

I think what I come back to – even when I do go into the office – is comfort. Comfort to crawl around on our floor or the carpeted area at the mall during play group. Comfort to walk around the mall or the Towne Centre. Comfort to do whatever it is we’ve got on tap for the day. Some of this may be an exaggeration depending on Ethan’s nap schedule. Sleeping for 6 hours however is par for the course and a good night at that. And I do most of my writing after Ethan goes to bed which is by 7pm.

The next conference I go to, I’m going to dress up my leggings with no shame. You just wait.

What’s your mama-wardrobe must have?