Posted by muffintopmommy | Posted in Mom-ness, OH &^%$!!, Random Rage, Retail Therapy | Posted on 06-01-2011
Tags: HOUSEWIFE, PANYTHOSE, STACEY AND CLINTON
I try to look my best. I do. We all have our days, but I’m trying not to morph into the schlumpy housewife.
Oh don’t you look away—you know what (or who) I’m talkin’ about.
I don’t get out enough, so when I do, the outfit choice hangs in the balance. It’s like I know it’s lurking but I’m too scared to confront it. It isn’t challenging enough I need to go shopping with the muffin top in tow, but everything seems to be made so wrongly form fitting lately. Of course I want to be stylish, but I’d just rather keep my back fat to myself.
Skinny jeans? Surely you jest, clothing designers. Those will only highlight the depth and breadth of my fig, bat, arse! And really? I don’t give a flying tuck if I’m not in style on that one. Short sleeved sweaters? How does that help me when it’s 5 degrees in New Hampshire? Not saying I’m going to go all plaid flannel on your ass, but honestly? I want some sleeves with my sweater. Is that too much to ask? Granted, I know there’s a way to wear said short sleeve sweaters with long sleeve shirts or something, but frankly, that sounds way too complicated.
With most of my friends married off, I’ve few weddings to attend anymore and my social standing is decidedly bourgeois. (What can I say? When trips to Tarjay are your biggest social outlet some weeks and your idea of a high heel shoe is a clog—the writing is so on the wall.)
With me at home in my mommy uni most days (Jeans or khakis, and if it’s warm, shorts. Insert sweater or tee, flip flops or shoes. Rinse, repeat.), it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stay in the loop. And, I’m sorry to have to tell you, I’ve found myself out in public before, gazing down at my shoe and realizing there’s puke on it. That’s a fashion statement I’m really not proud to make. (God, I hope my son, “Sir Pukes A Lot”, outgrows this unfortunate stage.)
I’ve come to realize I pretty much have no idea what’s in style when it comes to a night out that’s anywhere fancier than a nice restaurant. (NICE restaurant. Remember? Any dining venue more high end than one that gives out free crayons and coloring pages?) I know. It is sad, isn’t it? Bad restaurants DO happen to good people!
In a panic a few hours before a special event the other day, I called my friend who’s a stylish working mom and attends a lot of fancy pants functions, with a legitimate fashion emergency. I thought I had everything figured out, even down to the last earring and muffin top restrictor undergarment (gah!), when I suddenly found myself second guessing my fashion sense in the few hours leading up to my big night out.
“Hey, what’s up, J?” she inquired. “I’m about to head into a meeting. You all set for tonight?”
“PANTYHOSEARENOTINARETHEY?!” I blurted in a panic.
“Wait, what? Did you just ask me something about pantyhose?”
“I was planning on wearing no hose and open toed shoes tonight! I just want to double check with you since my version of dressing up these days is dark jeans with boots!” Wait. Dark jeans ARE still in, right?
“Well….first off, I definitely would never wear hose with open toed shoes!”
“I know THAT,” I shrieked, “But hose…they’re not in, right?”
“Well, I think this time of year, since its cooler and people are pale, then yeah, I would actually wear hose.”
Oh, what the duck?!?!?! Deep down, I know hose make sense.As the female version of Caspar, I could really make a splash sans hose! It’s too late for self tanner, and anyway, the last time I tried using it, I looked like I walked off the set of Jersey Shore. Holla you hatah!
“Shoot! You would? Really? You’re sure? Because I just tried my closed toe shoes on and I guess they’re from pre babies because they don’t even fit me! They’re too small! So now I have to run out and get new shoes because the open toe ones I have I think are too short for a dress, so I guess I can pick up some hose then. So now I need shoes and hose!”(Those gremlins actually even made my feet grow more than a whole size! Tell me WHY that happens. I was not pregnant in my fricking feet! And I had a LOT of great shoes pre babies. I have unresolved pregnancy foot anger as a result. The whole “losing my entire shoe collection” was 100 times more painful to me than unsightly stretch marks or being unable to sit comfortably after labor for weeks—and I had one that was almost 10 pounds. *Cough* them are some bragging rights!)
“Yeah, I would wear hose—for sure. But listen, I have to run. Have fun tonight!”
“Thanks. I will. I think?” I said, imagining still going hoseless, and everyone pointing at my legs and staring….did you see Janet? Her translucent legs blinded me in one eye! Can I sue for that?
So what do I do? Naturally, solicit opinions from five other women, who give me—you guessed it—five distinct yet very passionate answers, ranging from, “I wouldn’t be caught dead in hose ever” to “maybe if it’s the dead of winter” to “yes, I would wear hose but wear sheer black only”.
Oy. The only thing everyone agreed on was absolutely, positively NO NUDE.
Honestly, I’ve heard people talk less passionately about politics and religion than pantyhose. We’re gonna have to change that social rule from “Don’t talk about politics and religion in polite conversation” to “Don’t talk about religion, politics or pantyhose in polite conversation!”
And one of my friends—wouldn’t even answer me.
“You’re asking ME? I went to Macy’s last week and was confused because I saw there were leggings for sale!”
“OMG! I know—ME too! And I tried on what I thought were dresses and got all flustered!
“What do you mean?”
“Well, I saw these adorable dresses so I tried some on. They were all WAY above my knee and I remember thinking, that’s weird these dresses are so short, and then I saw all the leggings and I think they were supposed to be worn with them? Or not? Point is, I really don’t know. All I know is they were so short and I needed something to wear to a Christening and I just didn’t think the Lord would have appreciated me flashing so much leg around God’s house! And frankly, I didn’t think the padre would be impressed either.” However, had I known the padre would have been young, fun, and sporting a black tuxedo tee shirt under his vestments and Teva sandals, I just might have taken my chances! Who knew?
“Good point. So what’d you end up getting?”
“That’s just it. I got all flustered and left—I didn’t know if they were short dresses, long shirts or what! Not to mention, the pants are all so long because I think we’re supposed to be wearing these gigantically tall heels, which is so NOT going to happen because you know I most assuredly will fall on my head and then who will be a mother to my children!? So what I think are dresses are way too short and the pants I want are way too long. And, it’s 75 out and people are wearing scarves around their necks. What is that about? Just kill me now.”
“You know what this means, right?”
“We’re so out of style we don’t even know what the style is?”