I keep seeing these sort of articles pop up every now and again – ‘Do you dress like a mum?’ or ‘How to avoid dressing like a mum!’
I took a quiz recently in a magazine to help determine if you dress like a mum and I passed…
I was with my little sister at the time, who doesn’t even have kids, and guess what? She passed too.
She was absolutely horrified! (only joking she didn’t give a shit).
I then looked at my husband and guess what – he also passed. So did my mum, which TBH was probably better than passing a ‘do you dress like a nan?’ quiz.
Next I answered the questions for my kids and would you believe it… they passed as well!
So what does this all mean? I had previously assumed that we were just normal people wearing normal people clothes – but no! My whole family are in fact dressing like mums. Bloody hell is no one immune from this curse?!
What should we do magazine article? Please tell us what to do!
‘You need a wardrobe overhaul.’ it said ‘Go to London. Book an appointment with a style advisor’.
I would love to say that three generations of my family immediately rushed to the station to get the next train but I’m afraid it would be a lie. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time, money or inclination to overhaul our wardrobes because some twat in a magazine felt we were letting ourselves down, so my reaction was more along the lines of…
Because who writes this kind of belittling crap?
Do they not realise that as much as some mums love to follow fashion, others might have different priorities? Do they not realise that some people have enough confidence in themselves that they don’t feel the need to dress to impress other people?
Do you know which accessory makes you look most like a mum of all? It’s the little people knocking about by your knees…
I’d tell em to piss off but it just so happens I’m rather proud of them.
You see I am a mum. I love being a mum and I am certainly not embarrassed if people perceive me as one.
I get that a lot of mums care about how they look and want to stay stylish – I’m not immune from that group myself – I just like to flit between consciously putting together an outfit and looking like a hobo with stickers in her hair.
My issue is more…
It’s just jeans, trainers and t-shirts people! Let mums dress however they goddam like*.
*Although even I draw the line at Pyjamas on the school run.
**************P.S. My new book The Catastrophic Friendship Fails of Lottie Brooks is out on the 3rd March 2022! It's aimed at 9-12 year olds and you can buy it here :)