January 13, 2009

Work Clothes



Last January, I bought a closet full of dry clean only work clothes for the three college professor jobs that I had just been offered and desperately wanted... but would turn down a few weeks later (because I was pregnant).

I have finally gotten to the point where I can look at the clothes without wanting to throw myself off the balcony. My husband says I'm being dramatic.

"Get over yourself," he told me the other day.
The nerve.

Once I calmed down, I realized that my husband had a point: a lot of very stylish professor wear was going to waste simply because I felt sorry for myself. What lifted me out of the depths of depression was the knowledge that as a stay-at-home mom, my home is my office. Moreover, if I am to truly embrace the idea of working at home, I need to dress appropriately.

Yesterday, I wore my Ann Taylor interview suit to the grocery store. I learned two things from the experience:

1. Dressing nicely doesn't always make you feel good about yourself. I felt more alienated from the processed cheese and imitation crab meat than usual.

2. People weirdly and unfairly expect you to act how you look. No one bats an eye when I'm wearing sweatpants and deposit a loaf of bread in the cereal aisle. For some reason, heels makes it tacky.

16 comments

mamajil said...

too funny!! I may have to try this myself!! :)

JalenasMommy said...

LMAO! You are TOO funny!!

JenniferB said...

You are hilarious -- thanks for the giggle this morning. I haven't been feeling well and needed a pick me up -- and you delivered! :)

Betsey Booms said...

I'll keep this in mind even though I got rid of all my suits 3 years ago.

I'll have to find a suit to mug.

Ilana said...

You're never too old to play dress-up! I wear heels with pajamas to walk around my apartment sometimes, just because it's fun (and it annoys my downstairs neighbors).

April said...

that's awesome :-)

Liz said...

Seriously... I too just got rid of tons of Ann Taylor dresses, etc.. I'm prego with my third, obviously not going back into a size 2 (though they are SO hard to get rid of, b/c you know.. ONE DAY RIGHT! LOL)
Plus I'm the ONLY female at my office... my company; work with my husband.. but it's usually just me sitting here all day behind my desk, no one to dress up for! Funny thing is.. when the urge strikes and I dress to the nines just to please myself, people think I must be going to a funeral or something.. cause everyone looks at me like I have three heads! Oh well!

Annette Lyon said...

I had to go to the grocery store wearing business clothes once--people treated me weird. I wanted to yell, "I'm a mom, not an executive! Really!"

Kamity said...

Now I'm going to keep an eye out for women in business wear when I go grocery shopping ... see how I feel about them ...


My husband wears flip-flops with his sweats. Not the same thing, but he also gets funny looks!! (I usually try not to let him out of the car.)

Laura Lee said...

Too funny! But on a serious note, have you ever considered donating them for a good cause like the www.dressforsuccess.org? I'll bet they would love those Ann Taylor suits!

Diva Ma said...

You are funny. Unfortunately I never really had suits and my dressy clothes don't fit anymore so I cant dree up to experience this right now.

Anonymous said...

My favorite accessory is the banana boogers on my dry clean only black jacket power suit shoulder. I would rather see sweat pants mommas in the grocery store than dressed to the nines in stilleto heals droping kids off at daycare. for goodness sakes people, it is january. I am cringing, imagining them falling with their sweet babies. I make the old lady sensible shoes look good.

Robin said...

That is just too hilarious!

Thanks for the laugh!

InkMom said...

Hilarious . . . I've had a post percolating in my mind for sometime now about the inadequacies of the stay-at-home-mommy wardrobe, and you've inspired me to actually get it written.

(And this is exactly why, when I just can't take it anymore, I put on a tiara to clean the bathroom.)

becca said...

he he. awesome!

arauch said...

Your blog is hilarious! It makes me laugh out loud!! :)