Every Working Mother’s Quintessential Dress

2 Feb

{Every Working Mother’s Quintessential Dress} Running from sun-up to sun-down and burning the midnight oil in between, it’s the experience every working mother has …

Photos by Christopher Doherty

… Which can sometimes lead to waking up in a bolt of panic that only over sleeping can induce.

Sure, I pride myself at being able to throw together looks in a moment’s notice, but that fashionista stuff goes right out the window when I have 10 minutes to get myself and my son dressed, fed and out the door.

Laundry, Laundry, why is it there is no vacation from you?

It’s on these days that I reach for my “super mommy” cape hanging in my wardrobe which saves the day and keeps me looking well put-together.

It’s the wrap shirt dress — the Quintessential Dress for every working mother!

Precious seconds are reserved when I don’t have to consider color combinations or which blouse is clean and matches this freshly pressed pair of trousers. It is simply: I jump into the dress, pull on pantyhose, a slip and heels, and I am done in two minutes, literally.

With the remaining eight minutes, I can pack up a breakfast to-go, get my son wrangled into clothes, book bag and jackets on, and away we go. As for hair and make-up … well, on these days, I usually pull my hair into a bun and reserve my make-up application for the red-lights or sitting on the bus during my commute. Yet, if there isn’t enough time from those options, then it’s the bathroom during the first coffee break!

Here are a couple more photos from my Quintessential Dress collection:


Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: Who knew I'd own my very own restaurant where I'm the chef?

Doesn't every domestic goddess have spare time to consider sewing new dresses?

How Much for ‘Every Working Mother’s Quintessential Dress’? $7

$7 Black “Amanda Smith” Dress (Salvation Army, West Chester, Pa)
$7 White & Red Print “Express” Dress (Goodwill, Bloomsburg, Pa.)
$7 Black & White Circles Print “Belle de Jour” Dress (Marshall’s. Exton, Pa.)

{So} What’s the Take-Away?
You don’t have to have a lot to look good.

In this case, you don’t have to have a lot of time or money to still look great. I have always been amazed that when I wear one of these dresses (on those over-slept kinda days) how everyone remarks that I look amazing, so dressed up and where am I going after work?

Being a mother can take a lot of creativity for handling all sorts of scheduling conflicts or unique problems. But it also lends itself to playing dinosaurs!

Well, if they looked closely the sleep gookies could still be seen in the corners of my eyes, so I know the compliments are not because of my beauty-slept radiance. Rather it’s the dress.

There is something about a single shoulder-to-knees look which always comes across so elegantly fresh and sophisticated.

Secondly, the cost doesn’t have to be a lot — evidenced that I found essentially the same style of dress at three different locations and types of stores. The important thing is to make sure you are setting yourself up for success.

aw, the fighting dinosaurs kiss and make-up.

We really can’t be super women or super moms, so on those days where we are not up to the Herculean effort, what is our back-up plan?

Is there a super-woman cloak hanging in your closet, waiting to come be your super hero for the day?

If not, then I strongly suggest getting out there and finding your very own “working mother’s quintessential dress.”

What is your “Quintessential Dress”?
Or save-the-day wardrobe item?

Post photos of it on the Thrifty Vintage Chic Facebook fan page.

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3 Responses to “Every Working Mother’s Quintessential Dress”

  1. Tricia Kushman-Anderson February 2, 2011 at 5:39 PM #

    HELLO! I found you on the Nate show! Love all that you do! I’m a re-saler/bargain-shopper/good-willer/garage saler, stay-at-home mom, and a blog writer……I relate to you and enjoy your style…Just a shout out to say keep doing what you are doing. Can’t wait to see what’s next for you! : ) (I mean, you did hit the big time with the Nate show and all……hahahahha)


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic February 2, 2011 at 8:34 PM #

      Tricia, you have no idea how much I appreciate this comment, or how well-timed it came!! I get discouraged when I see the site get a lot of traffic but no comments on the articles being read, so it makes me wonder if what I am doing is making a difference in people’s lives, or if it is something that’s helpful and relatable … so thank YOU, for taking a minute to follow this blog, and for letting me know what you think about this stylish little space on the Web!

      Will be digging into your blog as well, definitely looks quite intriguing! 🙂


      • Dawn February 2, 2011 at 8:50 PM #

        Sweetie you ARE and you DO!!! I may not get here as often as I want to but KNOW: you are LOVED and appreciated very much! Keep up the CLASS and STYLE and did I mention CLASS? You are the hope for a younger generation suffering from a complete lack of knowledge and understanding of what ***true*** style is (and no, it’s not made-in-China bling updated every 30 seconds, lol). I look forward to MANY more educational, well-written and thoughtful entries from the young lady who had *chic* to love my second-hand Schwinn!!! Kiss-kiss, Dawn


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