Category Archives: Fashion

The good news is I’m still getting dressed…

Well, when I last posted about the effort I’ve been making to get dressed in “real” clothes each day, I posited hopefully (but honestly also doubtfully) that I was going to attempt to do a weekly update.

I should have known better. (I did know better).

Between homeschooling and soccer practice/games and piano and Shaun’s work trips and teaching fitness classes and birthday trips/parties and everything else in between, I’m doing reeeeeally well to a) get dressed in something decent and b) snap a quick pic of it.

Throw in the extra step of editing the pictures every week, and…fuhgeddaboutit…

So! With all of my vague excuses out of the way, let’s proceed, shall we, with another photo dump of the aforementioned “something decent” I’ve been wearing since the last update.

There have been multiple days that the snapping of a quick pic didn’t actually happen, so I promise I got dressed more times that it would appear here, but there are still plenty of days that I spent decked out in gym clothes (anybody else feeling like I should change the title of this post to “disclaimers?”).

weekday wardrobe

{Ignore the stuff on the floor, m’kay? I was laying things out for a gallery wall}.

So…the second that I saw this pic, I took that awkwardly placed belt off and just let the shirt hang loose, which was waaaaay better.

The rest of the shirt is fabulous, though, because who can really complain too much about its tendency to wrinkle when you’re supposed to look like you’ve been on safari (wrangling toddlers…hunting big game…tomato…tomahto). Nothing here is new (the jeans are Goodwill, the boots are from Target, several years back), but I still remember the Anthro clerk’s face when she found out that my shirt was only $8. It’s the same look that a different Anthro clerk gave me when we stopped in on a trip to Dallas for my birthday recently, and I managed to snag a cute decorative doo-dad (I don’t honestly know the name for it) for $3–originally $40.

Absolute incredulity.

And I just wanted to tell her: all you’ve got to do is be dedicated enough to sit on the floor for 20 minutes, rooting around in the deepest recesses of the sale cupboard, and you, too, can bring home something pretty for 90% off.

Hashtag most patient husband ever.

But back to the clothes.

weekday wardrobe1

I’m not real adept at plaid, in case you can’t tell from my less than enthused expression, but this lightweight popover from Target for $5 from the super-clearance rack felt like a nod to the trend without doing the full-on plaid button up + puffy vest + artfully ripped jeans + Hunter boots thing that is so ubiquitous on Pinterest. Plus, layers are not my friend right now. It’s hot, y’all, and mopping floors in puffy vests is just plain silly.

weekday wardrobe2

Did I mention that it’s hot? Actually, this week, it’s been a liiiiiittle cooler, but not enough that a tank top and shorts aren’t warranted. Both of these are more Target super-clearance buys, and the sandals are from Greece.

weekday wardrobe3

This was an attempt to appear fallish with my dress-over-jeans (both from Goodwill) thing I’ve got going on. But again my expression gives me away. I was sweating. Thank goodness for busy prints on black backgrounds to hide underarm rings (charming? very). Come ON, fall!

Oh! And just in case you’re sick of fuzzy cell phone pics, I had Shaun take a shot of each of my birthday trip outfits (I only packed three things for a 2 day trip! I think that my recovery from my former over-packing habits just might be complete. Don’t worry; I won’t stop going to meetings).


Top: thredUP (new customers can use that link to get a $20 credit on their first purchase), Jeans: Clothes Mentor (old), Shoes: Payless (old), Bag: Anthro


Dress: thredUP, Boots: Amazon (bought with a Christmas gift card last year; there’s only one non-stellar review on that particular link, but I really like them!)

What do you wear to eat messy (but delicious!) Thai food? A print dress, of course. Stain-hiding for the win! Also? My mom got me that pretty apricot bag for my birthday. How she knew I needed one to match the flowers on this dress, I’ll never know. She’s a good mama.


Top: thredUP (yes, you’re sensing a theme), Jeans: VS (old), Booties: American Eagle (old)

Does anybody else’s hair do better the day after they wash it?? I feel like there’s something a little funky going on with my hair in the Day 1 birthday trip pics, but it seems to have simmered down by Day 2.

I’ll spare you the Day 5 pics.

So, what about you guys? Is fall going strong where you live? Or are you wondering if you’re going to be celebrating Christmas in shorts with a fan + ice water like I am? More than anything, we need rain. We had soooooo much this past spring that it was a downright pain, but now? Burning bans abound. Sigh.

Like what you read? Like M is for Mama on facebook (pretty please?):

Wardrobe Wednesday: Making an Effort

Hey-ho. It’s Wednesday. And I’ve yet to accomplish one single thing from my Project Elephant list. So that’s…going well.

I did, however, manage to finally get together a post that I’ve been planning for a while.

I know there haven’t been that many clothing/style posts of late. Several of you have expressed an interest to see them come back, but…

I haven’t had much to show.

With Shaun traveling so much (often leaving on Sundays), we haven’t been at church as much as usual, which kind of negated the one guaranteed time a week that I actually made an effort to get dressed.

The rest of the time? I’m ashamed to admit that I’m wearing P.J.’s or workout clothes (mostly those) all the live-long day.

We live in the country, and other than the UPS guy (does he count?), we don’t get regular visitors, so I can kind of get away with this.

But honestly? I just felt kind of gross all the time. Sure, it was practical. But it wasn’t attractive. Or motivating.

And there are a lot of clothes in my closet languishing in the land of the unworn.

So, I decided to start making an effort, even on the days when I have to be at the gym later in the afternoon, and it would make more sense just to wear the same clothes all day long.

I’ve been making said effort for a couple of weeks now–not every day because sometimes it really does make sense to wear workout clothes aalll day–and, even though I had ambitions of showing each week’s outfits to you one at a time, that hasn’t happened yet.

So, I figure a big photo-dump is better than nothing at all.

In the future, I hope (we’ll see how it goes) to get the photos posted at the end of the week in a Weekday Wardrobe feature, but for now, we have Wardrobe Wednesday: The Making an Effort Edition.


Outfit 1: Top + Shorts from thredUP (that link gives you–and me– a $20 credit, if you’re a new customer) sandals from Greece

Outfit 2: Top – GAP, Shorts – Old Navy (old), sandals from Greece, Necklace – on sale for $3 from Walmart (still had them last time I checked)

Outfit 3: Top - J. Crew (got mine when it was on sale + an extra 50% off…which they do sometimes), Shorts – Target (from this summer), Shoes – Marshall’s


Outfit 1: Top - GAP, Jeans – LOFT (this summer), Cargo vest – Old Navy (old), Shades/Purse/Shoes – local FB swap ‘n shop

Outfit 2: Top – thredUP, Shorts – American Eagle, Sandals – Ross

Outfit 3: Top – Madewell (on major sale), Shorts – J. Crew Factory (ditto), Sandals – Ross, Bag - Anthro (I got it when they had an extra 30% off + free shipping, but it’s still on sale right now)


Outfit 1: Brought to courtesy of: I was majorly overhauling my closet and was tempted to hide all the mess before I took the pic but decided you would appreciate a little reality instead (Shirt was a gift from my sis-in-law, Jeans are Joe’s – $3 from Clothes Mentor, Shoes – Ebay)

Outfit 2: Dress – thredUP, Booties (or are they Shooties? I don’t claim to know) – Anthro (on major sale last spring)

Oufit 3: Top – thredUP, Jeans – Clothes Mentor, Shoes: Payless (old)

(Most of these were church outfits; I don’t clean bathrooms in dresses + b/shooties)


Aaaaand there you have it! A round up of what I’ve been wearing when I actually manage to put on real clothes these days.

Which would not include today (yet) as I sit here typing this in my P.J.’s. Off to remedy that!

Happy Wednesday to you! May you find time to put on real clothes and apply mascara today. And if you don’t, may you not care one single bit!


Like what you read? Like M is for Mama on facebook (pretty please?):