If you are like me, you have a closet full of clothes, but still feel like you can never find anything to wear. So, I typically end up wearing the same assortment of clothes over and over again. It must be comfortable and allow me to move easy as I play with the boys. Khaki shorts, I love you. You really go with everything. V-Neck Ts, you come in so many colors and so does your distant cousin the cotton tank-top. And, to prove I haven’t totally given up on being hip, I love you light-wash ripped jeans. You are like wearing shorts because you have holes that keep me cool, even in the summer.
Dressing for work has been simplified to dresses and skirts only. I never plan on wearing dress pants every again. And capris, no thank you. I love a fitted sleeveless sheath dress like no other. And, as for sleeves, well, that’s what sweaters are for. Sleeves in Florida are reserved for about three months out of the year. Sleeveless tops can be worn year round with the right cardigan.
When it comes to the more formal occasion, like a wedding, I can’t say that my style varies much from my daily staples. One factor that all of these clothes have in common: I can nurse in them. That’s right folks, I am in the phase a life that not only calls for comfort and agility, but also access to my bust so I can feed the little one. Going strong since 2014 (!).
I longingly look at high neck lines and zipper-less sheaths, but sadly turn away as I know there is no appropriate access to the milk. Someday those pretty things won’t be so far from my grasp. For now I need a low front, but not too low, I’m a mom after all. Or a strap that I can easily slide off my shoulder so I can nurse. I have become quite the pro at zipping and up-zipping dresses with zippers in the back, so that I can shimmy one shoulder out for access to a quick snack.
With my ultra unique clothing requirements, I am quite the picky shopper. I am extremely selective about what items I even attempt to try on because there is a finite amount of time that I can force my babe to hang out in a fitting room. I often play roulette and just purchase clothing without trying it on. Thank goodness for returns. That is IF I manage to remember to return said items and not lose the receipt.
Naturally, Target is my Mecca. If it cannot be bought at Target, then I most certainly do not need it. End of Story. But, I do find that wedding attire is not easy to find there. Sigh. This means more stops with the kiddo in tow.
Sometimes I try on clothes that I know scream 80 year old woman, but my kid has to eat and I am getting desperate since the wedding is on Saturday. I try on this off the shoulder number, who do I think I am? These are pretty trendy now, right? But, wait! It actually looks decent and this may be the easiest access for nursing ever! Clearly the stars have aligned and my prayers have been answered! Now, if I can just get both of my sisters to respond to my text with their stamp of approval. Let’s be real, I’d probably just give up and wear my ripped jeans with wedges if that wasn’t totally unacceptable.
It can’t just be me, right? Even non-nursing moms (and non-moms) must have their “things” when it comes to choosing clothes. And, what’s with the added pressure of a timeline that always makes it impossible to find an acceptable option? I can’t be the only one, right?
From Me to You!