Yesterday, on the way home from picking up my daughter from school, she informed me that she will be playing the role of a mother in a school play (or skit), and therefore she will need to borrow “mommy clothes” from me.
That was almost hilarious for me to hear. Why, you ask?
Well, let’s see… we (my fellow Filipinos and I) probably will be in agreement that when one says “mommy clothes” here in the Philippines, what they almost always mean is this:
That is what we call “daster” here in the Philippines (although I’m pretty sure it’s not something that is exclusively worn only by Filipino women). I honestly don’t know where the name originated from. It doesn’t even show up in Wikipedia or Google, unlike the “barong” or the “salakot”, so what’s up with that?! You try to Google the word “daster” and what comes up is “disaster”…well, that’s probably what it is anyway… wearing something like this at home is an absolute fashion disaster! I know…ATROCIOUS, right?
So naturally, my reaction was, “Mommy clothes?! Baby, you’re kidding, right? Have you EVER seen me wear mommy clothes at home?!” My daughter sheepishly smiled and said, “Yeeah…..you’re right….I’ll go and ask Ate Connie then” (Connie is our Cook and I’ll talk more about her some other time ’cause she’s one entire category all by herself, LOL).
Going back to the subject of “mommy clothes”… these are what I wear at home on a daily basis:
So now you understand why I balked at hearing the words “mommy clothes” right after “Mommy, would you lend me…”. What you see above is something I will never refer to as “mommy clothes” but rather “HOT Momma Fashion clothes”… yeah!
So to all my Mommy Friends out there, please, please, please tell me you don’t wear anything that even slightly resembles the “daster”, okay? Have mercy on your kids and husband! :) I know, I know… we all differ in our taste and preferences when it comes to clothing, and I don’t expect everyone to be like me. Hey, what works for me may not work for you… and I am not saying either that there’s anything wrong with being a mommy, so much so that you should dress up in such a way that people won’t be able to tell that you’re a mom…. not at all. I am one proud Mommy, so that’s not it. What I’m saying is veer away from the stereotype. BE A DELICIOUS MOMMY! At least put some effort in paying attention to what you wear even when you’re at home. The people in your household should be able to go through their entire day at home with you without having to run to the bathroom secretly to vomit, hehe! All I’m saying is that whatever your style preferences are, whatever your age, whatever your size or figure, a little more effort in carefully and tastefully choosing the clothes you wear, both in and out of the house, will go a long, long way in terms of boosting your self confidence and gaining the admiration of the people around you, most especially your husband and your kids–people who are already looking at you as their icon of beauty and grace.
Now if you are the Mommy who, for reasons having to do with comfort and convenience, has worn, has been wearing, or is right at this very moment wearing a “daster”, heed my plea… ditch that piece of sorry fabric right now! I understand that it might be the most comfortable thing you’ve ever worn and that you probably can’t see yourself being able to give that up anytime soon, but if looking good is also just as important to you, then believe me… it doesn’t look good on you, nor will it ever do anytime in the foreseeable future. In fact, no woman ever did (I mean, come on…honestly?). So why not consider switching to any of these:
Remember… being a Mommy, a Momma, a “Nanay”–whatever your kids may call you at home–doesn’t mean you should smell like onions or baby barf, and certainly doesn’t mean you should look like you don’t even have time to look at what you’re putting on. And I don’t mean either that you should be so obsessed about looking good that you end up neglecting your family. Be a HOT Momma! Be glamorous, be fashionable, be graceful, be delicious but do it all out of love for your husband and kids! They will thank and praise you for it! Take my word. I’m sure. ;)
What about you? May I ask what you think is a Hot Momma Fashion?
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