Signs You’ve Hit the Working-Mom Style Wall
When was the last time you actually tried something on in a dressing room?
Few things are as exciting to a woman who’s watched her body balloon to epic proportions during pregnancy as the first time post-baby that she can fit a a pair of cool jeans over her butt, let alone a pair in a pre-baby size. So you can imagine my disappointment when, days after purchasing a pair of amazing jeans with a waist size smaller than my pre-pregnancy days, I learned from a coworker (twenty-something, no kids, size zero) that boot-cut jeans were a dead giveaway that someone was an out-of-touch mommy who thought she was hip but really was hopelessly outdated. Gulp. I always thought “mom jeans” were just the high waisted, baggy horrible things you saw on women in bad reality shows like Super Nanny or Wife Swap, not $200 denim from a trendy boutique.
I had to admit I had hit the Working Mom (aka, “WoMo”) style wall. If you answer yes to any of the below, you probably have, too …
1. The last time you flipped through a womens’ magazine in the dentist office, you thought the clothes were pretty cute.
2. If you own an item of clothing that required trying on in a dressing room, it’s older than your children.
3. These items terrify you: jeans without stretch, thongs, bikinis, sundresses requiring a tan, backless (read: bra-less) shirts or dresses.
4. You don’t understand all the fuss about jeans—don’t the $29.50 ones basically look the same as the $400 pair all the celebs wear?