I love skirts, especially midi skirts. I seriously think I have a borderline, unhealthy obsession with them. For me, they invoke the vision of a well-dressed, perfectly coiffed woman from the 50’s. I get swept away in the idea of pearls, curls and aprons.
And then I look down, and to my dismay, see the exact opposite ensemble encasing my body. No matter how hard I try to justify comfort and functionality, mom jeans won’t ever scream “chic”.
So why I am I not embracing the clothes I love and admire on these seemingly iconic women? It all boils down to the comfort zone. I’m not talking about the actual feeling of the clothes but rather how worthy enough I feel to wear them.
Most days I throw on jeans and a T Shirt. Isn’t this how women on-the-go dress? Isn’t this is the unspoken dress code I must adhere to? Don’t get me wrong. While this can be cute, it does not project how I feel inside. Some days I feel strong and beautiful, so why do I not dress like it?? Ladies, it’s time for a change!
Did you know that in the 1920’s, the hemline of the midi skirt was actually scandalous?! Ankles were showing up everywhere and heads were spinning. I know it sounds trite but I actually like the idea of how a small amount of exposed skin caused such controversy. Nowadays, I feel as if the push we are getting from all ends is “less is more”. I don’t necessarily agree with that.
The midi skirt is modest yet at the same time quite sexy. I can move in it, chase my kids around the park, clean the house, and get in and out of cars without flashing the neighborhood. It even has pockets for my necessities. (I’m not going to lie. Most days those items are hot wheels and used Kleenex…maybe someday it will be gloss and diamonds.) So, the question remains: If I feel confident and attractive in an outfit, why am I not wearing it EVERY DAY?!
I think the reason I shy away from stepping up my wardrobe game is because I don’t want to stand out. All of my friends wear jeans and comfortable clothes. Do I really want to be the only mom who shows up to a play-date in a “fancy” skirt?
Yes, yes I do. Because I know it will personally help me look the way I feel inside. And there ain’t nothin wrong with that.
Let’s make a pact to embrace out inner chic. For me it means wearing midi skirts and actually styling my hair for the day. For you, it may be channeled through leggings and an adorable pullover. Whatever our empowering style may be, I think it’s time we step up, own it, wear it and work with what the good Lord gave us!! Cuz ladies…we are absolutely worth it.