I know 2020 was basically the year of loungewear, and while I certainly enjoyed lounging at home in sweats in the evenings, I got dressed almost every single day last year. I know not everyone will share my love for wearing “real clothes” everyday, especially around the house, but it’s honestly one of my favorite habits! The clothes I share here are the clothes I really wear everyday (ask my friends!).
When my son Jack was born 6 years ago, athletic clothes were my default. They were comfortable and practical and easy to wear with a newborn and a changing postpartum body. But after several months, I started to miss the feeling of a real, proper outfit. And I wasn’t even sure I knew what kind of clothes I even liked anymore. So I started the #legitmomstyle hashtag and began sharing my day to day outfits that felt put together but also worked for me as a mom. Looking back, it was really the beginning of truly exploring and understanding my personal style as an adult, as well as a launching point for my style-oriented career.
The habit of getting dressed each day has continued since then, and I actually find it even more important with so much time spent at home. It helps me separate the days from the nights, and helps me feel capable and competent with my work, either on my business or in motherhood.
What we look like is the least important thing about us, but expressing ourselves through personal style can be a powerful way to deepen our self-awareness, and can even serve to help us love our bodies even more. When I started to see style as a way to communicate to the world and as as something to be enjoyed FOR ME—not something to impress others or to disguise my body—it actually gave me so much more love and appreciation for the body I have and has resulted in me spending LESS time worrying about what I look like.
What were some of your favorite outfits (or outfit formulas) from last year?