So I’ve completed my online shopping saga (parts one and two) and have my summer uniform together:
Skort, top and necklace sold out
It’s even more uniform-y and boring than my Fall uniform, but:
. . . kinda sorta, right?
1. Having a uniform really really works: 6 tops, 2 skorts, 1 pair of shorts, sandals, Top Siders, and necklaces. I only have to think about 15 seconds in the morning about what I’m going to wear. Every top goes with every bottom, so as long as I have one of each that’s clean, I’m good to go.
2. Minimalism: I own fewer clothes than ever before in my adult life and I’m happier than ever with what I wear. It feels so right.
3. I like wearing a skort. It looks like a skirt, so I feel a little more dressy/pulled-together, but it’s super lightweight and comfy (elastic waist for the win!) and has built-in shorts so I don’t worry about flashing people as I wrestle kids in and out of the van. I think my personal tastes tend toward something a little less flowy, but I couldn’t find anything more streamlined in the right length. Now that I look again, though, this might have worked in a Tall size:
Dipper skort from Athleta
For now, I’m happy with what I have.
1. The sandals, oh the sandals. They really put the “Mom” in “Mom Uniform.” I procrastinated finishing this post for multiple reasons, one of which being the absurdity of publishing something purportedly about “style” that contains pictures of these shoes.
Style-wise, I would have been much better off with the Birkenstock Gizeh (or pretty much any other shoe on the planet):
The Gizeh even has the Ain’t No Mom Jean stamp of approval. But it doesn’t come with Birkenstock’s soft footbed (only the original Birkenstock footbed).
I tried on the soft footbed and my feet, knees and back outvoted my eyes and sense of aesthetics 5 to 3. There was no debate. They do feel wonderful, but now I’m stuck with a very expensive pair of ugly sandals with no resale value and the lifespan of a tortoise.
I suppose I could buy a better looking-though-less-comfortable pair of sandals to wear out and keep the ugly Birks for being on my feel around the house all day. I’m aiming toward minimalism, though. And I can’t stand the really flat, no-support type sandals for even a second.
Just looking at shoes like these:
Women’s Merona® Erin Braided Upper Sandal
make my legs ache. We’ll see.
I started out my quest inspired by Crystal’s super-simple, plain-but-pretty, minimalist wardrobe. I wanted to have a set of outfits that I could throw on in the morning without too much thought, wear at home with the kids and yet be able to wear in public without shame. And I think I’m there.
So long as no one looks at my feet.
Linking up with Andrea and Ellen for their Real Mom Style link-up. Thanks ladies!