Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dress like a girl with us!

Last month, I wrote about my birthday challenge to myself to wear a dress every day for a week. I have to tell you how liberating that experience was for me. For months now, I have felt like I have been in a total wardrobe rut. Jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers or flip flops were my "mom-iform." By challenging myself to wear more dresses and skirts, I actually found clothes in my closet that I had forgotten I even owned. The first day of the week I wore a dress that I have not worn in years. Yes, years. That morning I took the girls to Kindermusik and I was immediately greeted by our teacher with how cute and yet comfortable I looked. What a way to start the week! Not only was it a boost to my confidence and general mood, but in turn I influenced her to break out of her wardrobe routine. Later in the week she posted on my facebook wall a picture of her wearing a dress - how cool is that!

I also had feedback from one of my favorite bloggers, Melissa at Peanut Butter in my Hair. Melissa and I both read and reviewed the book Didn't I Feed You Yesterday by Laura Bennett (of Project Runway fame!) last spring. One of the chapters in Laura's book discusses how style is "about making a conscious decision to present yourself in a particular manner." I was fascinated by the fact that even as a mom of six children, she makes it a point to dress up every single day.

Melissa and I were both struck by this particular point in her book, hence Melissa's feedback on my Dress Like a Girl challenge to myself. After several emails back and forth, Melissa and I decided to launch a monthly Dress Like a Girl challenge to our blog readers. Here's how it works:
  • One day during the month, on a day that you would normally wear your "mom-iform" make a conscious decision to wear a dress and accessorize it accordingly.
  • Take note of any comments you hear, how it affects your day and any other effects of wearing something out of the norm for you.
  • Blog about it, grab our Dress Like A Girl button, and then come back here (or Melissa's) on the first Monday of the month to link up your post. There will also be a facebook page and a flickr album to upload pretty pictures of yourself!
  • Each month we are going to have different ways to challenge you to dress with some style and hopefully we'll have a few giveaways along the way!
Sound like fun? I hope so! Let's go shop our closets and dress like a girl!

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blueviolet said...

Oh geez, most days I don't even dress like a boy very well. I do need to get better on a daily basis. I just like jammies too much.

Liz said...

what about a skirt? i definitely wear skirts with flip flops when the weather is nice out.

KLZ said...

I was like bam! I'm gonna win this - until I saw the bit about accessorizing. I should probably do my hair too. Oh dear. I'm such a mess.

Shell said...

Love the idea, girls!

Cheryl said...

Super cute idea!

Erin L. said...

What a FABULOUS idea! I've been living in yoga pants and a nursing top since E was born.

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

This is a great idea! I wear a dress on Sundays, and I always think, "Why don't I do this more often?"

I'm the mom of four sons, so I'm not cultivating any rosebuds, but from my perspective, I think this is important for my sons, too.