7.15.2008

The Benefits of a Uniform (Or Justification for a Rut…Depending on How You Chose to Look at it)




While Audrey may possess some of Punky B's sartorial prowess, I sadly...do not. No, when it comes to clothes, I have a tendency to find something I love (whether it's a particular item of clothing or a "look") and then latch onto it with quite an intense fervor. I can't help it; I'm a loyal gal... (Or perhaps I'm just boring or lazy.) Luckily my mother is around to remind me of these fashion "crutches", like the phase I went through in college when I wore the same pair of black pants -- every. single. day.

Fast forward to present day, and you'll find my mother teasing me over my current fixation -- wearing a "dress" over jeans. Lest you think I'm parading around in a mid-calf skimming frock over my jeans, you could also consider it "tunic" over jeans.

The roots of the obsession are two-fold: First there's the issue of scandalously short scraps of fabric masquerading as dresses (I'm a mom, in my 30's, and I unfortunately don't possess Gwyneth's legs, so I have to have some limits here people.) Then there was the serendipitous side-effect of an otherwise scarring shopping trip with Audrey where I was in such a rush to get out Barneys that I tried on a Vena Cava dress over my jeans and was instantly hooked.

The look that started it all...

But no matter what's behind my motivation for repetition, an unintended (but welcome) side-effect is the simplicity factor -- the non-thinking aspect of having a uniform to rely on trumps all that ribbing from my mom...almost.

26 comments:

keely steger said...

Compared to my toothpaste stained tees and wrinkled gouchos, I'd say yours is a rut anyone can admire!

Sara Christine said...

I totally dig the tunic/dress over jeans look. It's a great way to cover everything up while still looking chic. Your rut looks so cute! :)

lynne said...

you look SO great!! i love it! it's a fantastic rut.

Jackie said...

i love posts like this. there's something about the pictures, the honesty, the everydayness (and i mean that in respect, because i love the everyday)that just makes me smile... sort of makes me giddy about the blog world.

excuse me while i step back and stop hugging my computer screen. :)

karina said...

I hate my school uniform but now I wear jeans and very similar tops everyday, I am a mother too, and time is never on my side or maybe you are right and I am boring too!

Amy said...

You look great. And so flippin' thin!

mary said...

Love this look. I'm so with you on the too-short thing - and I just really love this style. You look FANTASTIC!

Through the Looking Glass said...

Wow. I love this look, always have, but you really rock it like few other women I've seen. You're quite lovely!

SimplyGrove said...

You look so so cute!! And yay for being a mommy in your 30's and looking like that!!!

barchbo said...

Um, excuse me, that is MY uniform!

Seriously, it started with an embroidered toile bathing suit coverup from H&M in 2002, and I have never looked back. Like you, the dresses are TOO SHORT and it was a great solution to being covered while being surrounded by teenage boys at work (high school teacher.)

I like to call it my "signature look" though I have been known to call it a uniform. Embrace the fact that you what suits you! Hurrah!

amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

hello gorgeous. I share yr rut. I love a dress over jeans! I will most likely wear something similar in SF. I love yr style baby- you rock it!

Mrs.French said...

We wear the same uniform! Oh and you forgot to mention how much more practical it is for bending down to tend to the kiddos....Anyway, I think we look fabulous!

Abbey said...

love it -- and your mirror and in particular, that white dress!

Carolina Eclectic said...

Being a mom is tough, but you make it look great! I really like this look, I've tried to wear it myself; but haven't been able to pull it off. Maybe its not for shorties.

Susanne said...

That's a very cute look!

Casey said...

thanks for stopping by my little blog! i really like your "dress with jeans" style. Looks good. I think I am too short to pull it off, but I still sometimes try! :)

Julia said...

It's a wonderful look! And one you do so well! I love all of these photos! They make me hoot with pleasure :)

The Rauths said...

i love that look and was thinking last night about adding some more to my small collection!

jora said...

I absolutely love this look and wear it often myself! I also have fashion ruts....wife beater tank and American Apparel skirt anyone? http://store.americanapparel.net/rsa2301.html

Sarah said...

when it works it works. and you, you've got it all going on.

Kim said...

I call it "signature style"... at least that is my explanation for why I only wear 3 colors. Ever.

You look smashing BTW!!!

laura said...

I agree with amy about the "flippin thin" thing.

I'm sure you could pull of just the short dress thing alone.

but I think you're doing pretty good.

Alot of moms I know just wear sweatpants.
or yoga pants if they are feeling dressy, ha.

sunny said...

I do love a uniform.
Glad you do too!!

Kristin said...

It's pretty close to my uniform... only I don't wear the jeans - at least not when it's hot and humid the way it has been.

Linda said...

I think it looks great...but then again I grew up in the 60's and 70's and when we WERE able to wear pants to school it had to be PANTSUITS. Think matching pants with a dress, but NOT jeans. So you have taken the idea to fun and functional. JeansSuits. or something. Looks cute!
I bet you can find some cool stuff at thrift stores! plus you have great long legs!

lsaspacey said...

So you did buy the dress!