So, occasionally, I wear something other than yoga pants.
Sometimes, I actually put on a fancy dress and heels. Or maybe nice jeans, a pretty top, and my cowboy boots. Or maybe a sun dress and cute sandals.
I fix my hair and put on make-up.
It’s fun to get dressed up.
And it’s nice to feel like I do something more than run my boys to and from school and their activities and then come home to work on my laptop all day, with exciting things mixed in like laundry and dishes.
While those clothes don’t quite feel right for me for everyday wear, it does make me wonder if I should dress up at least a little more in my everyday life.
I tend to live in yoga pants and leggings. (I do actually do yoga in them, if that counts for anything)
I see those those moms at school pick up who always look so put together.
Designer jeans and a trendy top and boots or a casual chic dress and heels: they never have a hair out of place and their make up is perfectly applied.
Should I dress like that?
But, I realized that isn’t me.
I am that mom who wears yoga pants almost every day. My hair is most often tied up on top of my head. I definitely don’t look like I’m about to go take some enviable OOTD instagrams, like some of the moms that I pass in the crosswalk.
But, I’ve decided that I’m perfectly okay with that.
It’s okay for me to be the mom I am. And it’s okay for you to be the mom you are.
Trying too hard to be like someone I’m not isn’t going to last long and isn’t going to make me feel better about myself.
If I want to make a change, it’s better to make changes that still feel like me. Instead of swapping out my yoga pants for those designer jeans, I can just go for a better-fitting pair of yoga pants.
I can keep my easy hair style, but maybe add an easy braid or twist that I’m constantly pinning on Pinterest. I do love braids.
Finding ways to make little changes, but still staying true to myself.
So, I’ll keep the yoga pants for my everyday look and simply smile at the designer moms I see every day.
Maybe, just maybe, some of them wish they could be so confident in yoga pants.
This post was originally published on December 10, 2012.