It's rare that I need to dress up for anything these days. Save my annual pilgrimage to the BlogHer conference and a work trip here and there, my days and nights are spent in comfortable clothes, sometimes the same ones.
But last week, I had a work event, a party in NYC actually.
I've collected a few go-to pieces in my closet, dresses I know that fit me well, and worn so rarely that they're practically new. And I've certainly got no shortage of shoes, many of which I've only donned once or twice.
A homeschooling mom of four who works from home doesn't generally have much need for five-inch heels.
However, my 20-minute-a-day body project had been going well, I'd lost my last five-ish pounds of baby weight, and well, I felt good. So good, in fact, that I decided to break in my post-theft credit card with a few purchases.
I even called Bank of America beforehand to warn them.
After perusing through more of the same dresses, I decided that maybe I'd wear a pair of shorts, leather shorts to be exact, inspired by new found blog crush Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere.
Let's be honest here. I'm 35. I have 4 kids. The chances of getting to wear leather shorts anywhere are pretty fleeting.
And so I took the plunge.
My legs aren't exactly strangers to being shown off, but that was many years ago, when I was young and daring, and hadn't had the weight of four pregnancies and four slingworn babies on them.
But I wore them nonetheless, with a little extra self-tanner, a fabulous pair of high heels and a slightly red lip, hoping they'd help mask the sudden burning unsuredness of my decision.
And it worked.
So did the wine.
Perhaps you won't be leaving your house in a pair of black leather shorts anytime soon. I'm not sure when I will be either.
But I think every mom needs something, even just one item, that makes them feel just like I did every time she puts it on.
No matter your size, your age, your number of kids, find your black leather shorts. A sexy bra, a new pair of underwear, that pair of heels you keep telling yourself you have no good excuse to purchase.
Then give yourself a reason to wear them. Even if it's just around your house.
Because that feeling.
[Photo by Cecily]