7 Reasons Moms Should Love Dresses
by Hannah Keeley
Think what you want about dresses, but there’s no arguing the fact that they take all the work out of looking good and being boss. Over half of my closet is nothing but dresses.
1. They’re easy like Sunday morning.
To be honest, Sunday mornings are anything but easy around here. We’ve got kids to corral, showers to take, and a van to load up for church. But I’m sure you get what I mean here. Dresses take all the guesswork out of getting ready for the day. You don’t have to try on seven outfits and gripe about what pants make you look fat. You can just grab it and go. It’s kind of like a “bed in a bag,”…if you were a bed, which you’re not. But work with me here. Moms have enough to worry about on a daily basis without adding “outfit anxiety” to the mix. Dresses are that all-in-one solution to any wardrobe crisis.
2. Ain’t nobody got time for dat.
How many mornings did you run late because you couldn’t find anything to wear (even though your closet is so packed you can’t squeeze another thing in there)? Dresses are a huge time-saver, which every mom needs. We don’t have to pull out twenty different tops and bottoms to see what looks good with what. We can just pull out a dress, slap it on, and get the heck outta Dodge. There. Done. Finished. Now we have time to swing by Starbucks and grab a latte. You can thank me later (I accept Starbucks gift cards).
3. You look put together (even if you’re not).
From one mom to another, I have to let you in on a secret. Impression is everything. So many people think I have my act together. Then there are my “insiders” (you know who you are) that keep me around for comic relief. Every successful person I know is perpetually working on their “act.” And if you ever find someone who has finally arrived, you can rest assured she’s just gotten really good at putting out that impression. Wearing dresses makes you look like the complete package. It makes you look in command, on the top, in control (just don’t let anyone follow you into your car and see all the junk rolling around on the floor). I remember once when I went to pick up my kids from school, a mom got out of her car and said, to me “Well, look who’s all dressed up today!” She was wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans. And I was wearing a dress. But the funny part of it was that I hadn’t even taken a shower that day. My hair was in a messy bun; and I didn’t have a bit of makeup on. Just a dress, some jewelry, and flip-flops! Same amount of effort—totally different results.
4. You feel like a boss.
Who ever said you have to wear “pants” to be the boss? When you shimmy on a dress, it has a magical effect on your confidence level. No longer are you that frumpy mom running around in a baggy T-shirt and sweatpants (even if you try to validate it by calling them joggers). You have officially stepped into your role as Professional Manager of Home and Family, which is not a job to be taken lightly. A lot of moms want respect from their families. But respect is not given; it’s earned. You have to value who you are and what you do, and nothing gives you that automatic boost like a dress. Seriously, it works.
5. It’s a reason to clean your closet.
If you looked in my closet, you would find half of it was nothing but dresses. It’s just so dang easy! I have about four pairs of pants, some blouses, a few jackets. But, primarily, I fill it with dresses that I like and that look good on me. I’m a busy mom and I don’t need the drama. When you get this whole dress concept down, it makes getting ready in the morning much more effortless and systematic. The system works. It’s not like you are wearing a “mom uniform,” but it’s pretty darn close. You just pull on a dress, pair it with a cute jacket, jewelry, and shoes, and you’re done. You start to love the simplicity and ease. And as a result, you want to de-clutter your closet and only keep stuff that is working for you. So, if this dress thing appeals to you then you can expect a lot of motivation to get rid of all the other junk. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
6. They cover for your cheat days.
My blue jeans definitely let me know if I’ve indulged the day before. The waistline digs in and I become a walking, talking loaded weapon, if my button should pop off and get somewhere square in the forehead. That never happens with dresses. They’ve got my back. They just stretch a bit more or flow a little further. They’re forgiving. They’re kind. They are those friends who will cover for you in the morning when you went for a donut run the night before. Dresses don’t demand perfection. And they don’t ask a lot of you. How can you not love that? Makes me want to celebrate with a frozen ice cream sundae right about now!
7. You get more bang for your buck.
Shopping isn’t cheap these days, so when you whip out that debit card you better make sure it counts. Dresses aren’t expensive at all. In fact, I get most of mine for under $20 (thank you, Old Navy, Target, and Forever 21). You can hardly get a pair of jeans for that price and you don’t have nearly the same “wow” factor. Dresses give you a lot of bang for your buck! Also, you can find tons of dresses at thrift stores and consignment stores (more of my favorite haunts). Want to make your dollars stretch and pump up the volume in your wardrobe? Then go for the dresses, Mama!
What about you? Do you like dresses? Do you despise them? Do you think I’m a whacked out mom stuck in the 50s? I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment and let me know.
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!
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