There are many benefits to being a stay-at-home mom, but one of the great money savings advantages is that I don’t have to spend money on office attire.
My standard daytime attire consists of jeans; lots of capri pants in the summer. T-shirts, cardigans, sweaters, tennis shoes, and boots round out my wardrobe. So unless I see a cute T-shirt at Target (my weakness!), I don’t spend money on clothes. In fact I will wear jeans complete with rips and tears until they are truly falling apart.
I do miss wearing super cute outfits to the office, but I don’t miss the dry cleaning bill.
When you work in an office, you do get a serious case of “the wants”. You see a coworker wearing something that makes you green with envy and you decide you want what they have. “Oh my gosh, that pea coat is to die for! Where did you get it?” “Those black heels with the ankle strap are soooooo stylish! It doesn’t matter that I have 25 other pairs of black heels. These are different!”
Even though my day-to-day uniform is casual, it’s comfortable. I don’t have to worry about the supreme layering of clothes at work because someone is having fun with the air conditioner. I am no longer thinking about collared shirts, wardrobe malfunctions or the wish that I had worn flats an hour into the workday.
No more watching people put their own spin on what Casual Friday actually means. Sweatpants with the word “juicy” on the behind by the way, is not appropriate. By any stretch of the imagination.
Nowadays, the only money that is spent on clothes is to outfit my daughter. Children grow at a warp speed and so this is a necessary expense.
So is my random $8 Target T-shirt. At least, that’s what I tell myself…