Monday, August 3, 2009

Shabby Apple Dresses

Like many stay-at-home moms and work-from-home people, I rarely have a reason to dress up. (And by "dress up" I mean wear something other than shorts and a T-shirt in the summer and an old turtleneck and comfy slacks in the winter.)

But if I did have to dress up because my life involved, say, working in an office, or making TV appearances or, let's really dream, going on dinner dates with George Clooney or (as a younger me) Robert Pattinson, I'd stock my wardrobe with some dresses from What's cool about ShabbyApple:

  • 95% of the dresses cost less than $100
  • All Shabby Apple dresses are machine washable (and should be line dried)
  • The dresses are sized for real women (and the website has a function that helps a woman figure out which designs are suitable for her body shape)
  • The dresses are one-piece, easy-to-wear and you needn't add anything (like tank tops, sweaters, belts, etc.)
  • 5% of the company's net profits are donated to other female entrepreneurs

Here are two of my selects
Left: Bon Voyage, $78. Right: Vanderbilt, $118

Neither dress would be suitable for my current, daily life. But it would be nice if wearing a dress wasn't always about dressing up. While I surely wouldn't want to go back to the era of the archetype 1950s housewife, in pictures from that time the moms seemed to dress much nicer than we do today.

I do have a stay-at-home mom/work-from-home mom friend who dresses up in office-worthy skirts and dresses. She says looking nice and dressing well helps her feel good and stay energized. I can see how that's possible. Fortunately for this particular pal, she has an essentially full-time nanny (i.e. less exposure to sticky little fingers and baby spit-up), and she has the money to buy nice clothes and pay the requisite dry cleaning bills.

Are you a well-dressed mom? Or a "well, at least I was able to get out of my pajamas and get dressed today" mom! (Don't worry if you're the latter. We all have days like that.)

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