I was recently chatting with a girlfriend of mine about the very cool way that wearing an outfit we love can brighten our day. She bemoaned the fact that she doesn’t have the time or energy in the morning to pick out cute clothes right now. She just had her first baby and–as any Mom can attest to–mornings can be a bit overwhelming.
Later that same day I was thinking about what she’d said and remembering how I’d faced the same struggle when I was a new Mom. This is not something I currently struggle with, though, and it made me wonder what had changed. Honestly, my mornings are no less chaotic than they were when my oldest son was little, I sleep no more than I did back then, and my wallet certainly isn’t any fatter. And then it came to me - I now have a daily uniform!
I didn’t set out to create a daily uniform, but I definitely have one these days. I really can’t overemphasize how helpful this has been. I feel strongly that every woman deserves to have stress-free mornings and to wear clothing that lifts her spirits. For those of us in busy seasons of life, those two things can seem mutually exclusive. They’re totally not, though.
Enter the daily uniform.
I guess the name is a bit misleading. I don’t wear this outfit every day, of course. No, my “daily uniform” is simply my default outfit for those most chaotic of days–the days where you wake up bleary eyed and find yourself doing things like putting the coffee pot to brew in the refrigerator. I know those days well. No woman needs to be wrestling with her wardrobe on days like that.
A daily uniform should meet the following guidelines:
- It should be simple.
- It should be comfortable.
- It should be easy to wash.
- And it should make you happy when you wear it.
My daily uniform consists of jeans or a black skirt (I pair the skirt with opaque tights in the colder months), a simple t-shirt (Gap is my go-to retailer for these), a black crewneck cardigan, and my favorite pair of Mary Jane flats.
I would never judge a woman who feels the need to stick to yoga pants while in the midst of a survival season. I’ve done it countless times. Having said that, I strongly believe that it’s during the survival seasons that women most benefit from the boost they get when they slip into something that makes them feel beautiful and puts them at ease. I know you girls who read my blog and you are some of the most selfless women I have ever met. You deserve to have peaceful mornings and you deserve to feel pretty. Get thee a daily uniform, woman!
Do you have a daily uniform? If so, I’d love to hear about it!