As a stay at home mom of three who also homeschools, I really have to fight the urge to live in sweatpants and sloppy tee-shirts because, well…they’re comfortable. And if I ever decided to work out, then I’m already dressed for it, right?

But something about my Southern upbringing totally resists actually leaving my house in said attire. It’s just not me. My mama taught me that you always clean your house before going on a trip, just in case you don’t come home; You always wear fresh underwear; and you must never, ever be caught alive outside your home in a plain old tee-shirt. Ever. Fashion sense. She has it. I just wish I could get me some…I’m trying, really I am.

But the Fashion? It takes a little something called “money”. Which I currently do not have a large dispensible amount of. I’m more of a classics kind of girl myself. I love things that stay in style because they are so basic that no one notices whether they are new or twenty years old. Not that I have anything twenty years old in my closet (sadly, I no longer wear a size 10).

I have noticed a trend with women my age – they are trying too hard to “stay youthful” in their dress. Their clothes are too small or they wear the oddest combinations. I mean, who wants to see a 38 year old woman dressed like this?

frumpymuffin top

Instead, if it is a more youthful approach you desire, might I suggest something that covers the tummy in a more flattering line? And these jeans are from Old Navy and are to die for – of course, I’m tall at 5’11-1/2″, so I can get away with an outfit like this without looking squatty, which is what it might to do someone a foot shorter than me. But here is my take on the Fashion:

mom fashion An outfit that looks “put together” and not thrown together. I am a thrifter in every sense of the word, and there are so many stores to choose from where I live — I can get something very close to this look for under $20 – a steal of a deal. That’s how I fight frump. How do you do it?

Edited to add: I had a total brain fart (is that acceptable on a Family Friendly blog?) and completely forgot to link back to Fussypant’s blog! Click on the button at the top if you want to see how others are fightin’ the frump!

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14 Comments on Dressing on the Edge or "Frump Fighters"

  1. Tamra
    February 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm (15 years ago)

    Cute outfit! The last one, I mean – not that frilly bomb.
    Love your site. I’m a home schooler, too! Great to meet ya.

  2. Brenners
    February 15, 2008 at 2:11 pm (15 years ago)

    It’s SO COOL to actually meet homeschool moms that don’t dress in denim jumpers. :~D Yup, I grew up in the first generation homschool era. I for one, do not want to walk around the streets saying, “Look at me!! I’m righteous because I wear a jumper and homeschool. You’re evil because you wear pants and send your kids to public school.” LOL!

    Anywho.. love the outfit you put together. (I guess I would be the squatty one at exactly 1 foot shorter than you.) I should have you do some outfit design for me to “thrift” for. I want so bad to look put together beyond the basic White Stag shirt with jeans, but I’m at a loss.

  3. Amy
    February 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm (15 years ago)

    The shoes are so cute. I love that the trouser style jeans are back in style too.

  4. fullheartandhands mama
    February 15, 2008 at 2:29 pm (15 years ago)

    I really like that outfit! I

  5. Troye
    February 15, 2008 at 2:40 pm (15 years ago)

    Perfect outfit!!!

  6. Bethando
    February 15, 2008 at 2:53 pm (15 years ago)

    You have great fashion sense!


    The Muffin Top Princess

  7. Kimberly
    February 15, 2008 at 3:21 pm (15 years ago)

    LOL, I love wearing sweats…as a matter of fact…I basically live in pajamas while I am at home. BUT, my mom taught me that you should always wear something nice when you leave the house too.

    I think that outfit is perfect!

  8. Jenn
    February 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm (15 years ago)

    I LOVE that outfit. Every part of it.
    I am a total thrifter too. It’s so much fun to see what you can get for not much money.

  9. arambledlife
    February 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm (15 years ago)

    That’s a great non-frump outfit! I am trying so hard to fight the battle between “I’m too old for that” and “I’m not that old”. It’s a real thin line and like you I don’t have the disposable income for the trendiest attire.

  10. Alicia
    February 15, 2008 at 4:21 pm (15 years ago)

    Nice ensemble; muffin tops are my biggest fear…right after looking pregnant because my top is too big. That outfit looks perfect.

  11. Lil Mouse
    February 15, 2008 at 4:28 pm (15 years ago)

    i like the outfit. i agree that its tough to find anything ‘right’ i’m a petite and so anything in my height size is either juniors which i cant wear because those sizes dont allow for boobs or hips, and ‘old people’ petities those outfits that look god awful to me because i’ve seen my aunts wearing them for almost 30 years. seriously.

  12. HRH
    February 15, 2008 at 7:13 pm (15 years ago)

    love the outfit and agree it is best not to leave the house without making preparations–just in case!

  13. Mrs. Fussy Fussypants
    February 16, 2008 at 1:51 am (15 years ago)

    Supa-fab post, Supa-fab blog, Supa-fab Mamma!

    Loved it. My vote is fart is family friendly. It is my sons’ favorite word. 😉

    Thank you so much for joining in. It means so much to me.

    Love, Fussy

  14. suzof7
    February 17, 2008 at 11:41 pm (15 years ago)

    Ugh, the muffin top – Lord, help us! I, too, am a thrifter, though at 5’2″, I usually have to hem pants.

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