The Space Between My Peers: Uniform Template for SAHM

The Space Between My Peers

From the bottom of the fashion food chain ...

Location: The Great Northwest

I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Uniform Template for SAHM

Googling "SAHM Wardrobe Basics" brings people to this site on a regular basis. If you got here that way -- welcome! Just know that what you are about to view is not a one-size-fits-all prescription, but a suggestion for a specific, real live person. Adapt to suit yourself.
Gap Lightweight fleece blazer
The basic template:

  • basic bottom (jeans, khakis, black slacks, or simple skirt)
  • + tee-shirt in a flattering color (sleeve-length dependant on season, sweater for extreme cold)
  • + layer as needed for warmth and dressing up/down.

How this works practically:

Running around the house, doing stuff with the kids, you are wearing your jeans and a tee-shirt topped with a sweatshirt if it's cold. You have a Bible Study, parent/teacher conference, or some other such meeting to go to. Remove the sweatshirt, throw on your black wool blazer, and you arrive looking crisp and stylish. (I'll let you in on a little secret, though. The blazer pictured is fleece, Gap Lightweight fleece blazer, and on sale for $49.95.)

What could be simpler?


Blogger Wendy said...

That template is how I live most of my life.

I'm surprised that the blazer is fleece!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

That's super encouraging, because I know my friend wants to look stylish and respectable. I'm pretty sure she hasn't seen this post yet, and if she had I don't know that she would know it was for her. I'm going to send it to her today, though.

And I thought the fleece blazer was cool because some people like the look or idea of a blazer, but feel restricted by it. I probably should have made it more clear that the picture was a link to the product, though. Oh well.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Hey, that's my template too! And super-cute fleece jacket! Practical and comfortable, but stylish.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Okay, I'm emailing my friend right now ...

11:42 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I wonder if that blazer is on sale here North of the 49th? I may have to go check!

Today I'm wearing the template: dark wash GAP jeans, pink cashmere turtleneck tee, pink/brown/cream/light peach tweed blazer. Mammoth ivory brooch, pearl earrings.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

he hee. Today I am wearing the template, too. Dark wash Gap jeans, heather gray cashmere turtleneck, black patterned blazer, brocade converse, oops I forgot earrings.

My sweater is tucked in, in hopes that my new belt will arrive today.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I love this jacket! It even comes in brown, in Tall sizes. Hmmm... might have to order up.

I went to an image consultation (it was free -- tell you all about that later) and she told me I needed to get more structured jackets/tops and be sure to have some width at the collar to balance out my sloped shoulders.


3:06 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Hmmm ... I have always kind of been comfortable with wide, flying collars. Wonder if it's for the same reason.

Let me know how you like the jacket, if you get it. Seems like a super practical thing for a busy mom. :)

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

I also love this look and am most comfortable in tees and layers. Cute blazer, but too much $ for me!

7:31 PM  

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