My least favorite phrase in the English language is “Why are you so dressed up?” Not because people aren’t nice when they ask — they always are, of course, because they always assume I’m up to something fun, something that requires getting dressed up — but because the underlying assumption is that looking nice on a Tuesday is the same as being “dressed up.”
Last week, I went to the capitol with my son’s fifth grade class, for the lighting of the state Christmas tree. It was a typical crazy outing with kids, but it was also a fun way to start the holiday season. A little bling seemed appropriate, of course. Why not?
Here’s the thing about this outfit: it is basically a t-shirt and a denim skirt. You know, the uniform of soccer moms everywhere. And yes, the skirt is a pencil skirt, and the tee has a little more substance and structure than your basic mom tee, but still, the bones of this look are simple, easy, casual pieces (all machine washable, as a bonus).
The holiday season is a good time to ramp up your everyday style; start with your usual basics and add a pretty pair of earrings and a scarf. Or pile on multiple bracelets or necklaces — or both! Or leave your parka in the closet and get out your dressy coat instead. Any of these strategies will take your jeans-and-tee (or sweater) look to a new level.
Do you ever get “dressed up” for no reason at all? What’s your strategy for turning your mom uniform into something more interesting? Or are you stuck in a yoga pants rut?