Lookin’ Good

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As a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom), I understand the temptation to spend one’s days in yoga pants and t-shirts. After all, there are many days in a mom’s life when she doesn’t even leave the house. Yet I can think of some good reasons for us to ditch the sweats and make ourselves look presentable, even if our only company is a two-year-old and the man who runs the corner dry cleaners.

1. Getting dressed in jeans or other more structured clothing helps keep your weight down. Let’s face it. The operative quality of spandex is to expand, allowing an ever-growing stomach, butt and thighs to sneak up on us unawares. Without warning, when I need to get dressed for something important, I find myself with a muffin top that could feed a crowd.

2. Wearing a snappy outfit can also give us a sense of importance. My only errands of the day may be grocery shopping and running to the bank. But if I’m wearing khaki trousers and a nice shirt, it can seem as if I am just taking a quick break from my important office job to get a few errands done.

3. It gets old being told by friends at the local market, “Are you feeling okay?” or “You look tired” just because I failed to put on any makeup. A dash of rosy blush and a bright lipstick can take away that “just left my sick bed” or “extra in a zombie movie” look.

4. Looking good can make a person more productive. Whether male or female, those who work at home are surely tempted to stay in pajamas and fuzzy slippers. But an unkempt appearance can lead to a lackadaisical attitude. Surely some decent clothes, a pass with a hair brush, or a nice shave can make us more alert and on task.

5. Looking nice can also elevate your mood. I always feel happier when I think I look nice in a cute outfit and a bit of makeup. There’s also the potential for a member of the opposite sex to check you out, another mood booster, whether you’re single or married.

I have a good friend who always looks her best. She wears skirts and makeup and does her hair whenever she goes out, even just to pick up her child at school, which is where we met many years ago when our boys were in preschool together. I must admit that I used to hate her for it. She was so put together while I usually had food stains on my misshapen t-shirt and flip flops on my feet. But she was so funny and fun to be with that I had to like her. And I came to admire her desire to look good in her everyday existence.

I plan to make more of an effort to get dressed in the morning, wear a dash of makeup, and fix my hair. I want to be able to look in the mirror and say to myself, “Lookin’ good.”

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