I’m a big fan of What Not to Wear and the advice that Stacy and Clinton give to the wardrobe-challenged guests who appear on their show.
Like always choose a darker wash denim, look for suit jackets that enhance your waist, don’t be afraid of colour and pattern.
One of their biggest advice shares – especially to moms – is to always look polished, even when running errands, taking the kids to the park, etc.
They don’t mean look glamorous at all times. It’s more about looking put together. Like you made an effort beyond grabbing the nearest yoga pants and slouchy t-shirt in arm’s reach.
And while I agree to an extent, sometimes looking polished is the least of my concerns.
It’s this thing called time constraints. Let me give you an example.
Today, I rushed home from work, changed into my workout gear and headed to the park with my trainer to work on my fitness.
The park equals grass and working out equals getting on the ground and doing crunches and the like.
I forgot my yoga mat. Which means grass stuck to my butt. A lot of it.
I was able to brush most of it off, but not all of it. And at the end of my gruelling sweat-a-thon, I needed to hop in the car and run errands before DH and DD arrived home.
I had two choices: run inside to change and waste precious time getting myself presentable. Or hop into the car – grassed up as I was – and get those errands done.
I chose to go the way of the grass.
While standing in line at my local Pizza Pizza (don’t judge…I worked out hard!) I felt a friendly tap on my shoulder. A kind young woman let me know I had grass on my butt.
I said, “Thanks, yes I know” with a bit of a self-deprecating laugh. She responded, “Oh, ha, ha” and red-faced, quickly turned away.
I think she was embarrassed for me.
Which just goes to show. Stacy and Clinton are obviously right about the importance of making an effort to look presentable.
But in the end, that grass-laden butt of mine saved me time. Which today at least, took precedence.
Confession: If I was going anywhere other than the local pizza joint and drugstore I probably would have changed. But don’t you agree that sometimes, what really counts is time and not the state of your wardrobe?
* Image sourced via Beyond the Fields We Know