The Skirt Experiment

Last Monday, I found this gem of a blog post from Courtney on Latter-Day Homeschooling about the “Mom Uniform” and the image I portray by the way I dress. Simply stated and loosely quoted, she decided that she was going to make people think (herself included) that motherhood was the absolute best job in the world based on the way she looked and the countenance she carried.

I found myself smiling and nodding the whole time I read her post. With the help of two awesome friends, I broke out of the “Mom Uniform” (mine was solid color T-shirt and a pair of jeans) over a year ago and since then have had a blast redefining my Mom Style. I daily reap the benefits of looking and feeling my best. So I completely agreed with her.

But skirts. I hadn’t gone there yet.

And I had plenty of cute ones in my closet, too, just waiting for the Sunday rotation, my mood, and the stars to all align.

I immediately decided to try the uncharted world of skirts. So last week was “Skirt Week.” One skirt a day. Here’s what I learned:

  • Striking the balance of cute/casual in a skirt was harder for me than I thought it would be.
  • Yes, flip-flops go with skirts better than with yoga pants, but they don’t go with ALL skirts. I felt like one day, the skirt and flip-flop combo I tried gave me a stereotypical look I wasn’t going for.
  • I already knew this, but it was fun to be reminded: You can do everything/anything over the course of a normal day in a skirt.
  • I loved feeling pretty!
  • While introducing skirts immediately extended my wardrobe, it also gave me great urges to shop. I have a list now of pieces that would make skirt-wearing a more frequent occurrence if I had them. Dum dum dummmmm….
  • Who knew that the hubsters approved of this project 100%? Guess I don’t show enough leg on a regular basis.

Before I started The Skirt Experiment, my primary motivation for wearing make-up, styling my hair, and making a little more effort with my wardrobe was so that people wouldn’t look at me and think, “Oh. Homeschooling mom.” It’s not that I’m trying to hide the reality that I homeschool, or that I bake all of our own bread, make our laundry detergent, or stopped using shampoo months ago. I just thought it would be more fun if I could do all that plus look happy and–dare I say it?–normal.

But thanks to “The Mom Uniform,” I also realized that my motivation behind looking like I’m enjoying my journey as a mom was to send the message that I am. I love being a mom. I love teaching and nurturing and laughing and playing with these four wonderful little children I’ve been blessed with. I just want to look as happy as I feel.

It may seem silly to say this, but skirts took that happiness up a notch.

Bring it.


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