Housewife Couture Don’ts

As a homebody stay-at-homie, I’ve found that tasteful dress can go far in making me feel better and in positioning me to expect a better day. And even if the day is doomed to be crap (hello feverish whiny toddler), wearing ill-fitting clothes that make me look like Hagrid cannot possibly help. Below are some Don’ts I have compiled for myself.


  • wear a tight camisole and boxer shorts. While such an outfit might be comfortable in hot weather, I don’t want to have to rush to my bedroom to change if someone knocks on the door.
  • wear the same ratty pair of sweatpants every single day. It’s just bad for morale. (Yet I do it day after day after day.)
  • wear clothes that are tight. Life is too short; I shouldn’t squeeze myself into anything.
  • wear clothes that need safety pins to stay together. A certain pair of Husband’s hand-me-down boxers comes to mind here. Granted, I was pregnant when I wore that particular garment, but still. No more.
  • try to wear t-shirts in summer. Tank tops were made for a reason. Personally, I find the sleeves on t-shirts irritating when it is hot. I guess I’m a California girl through & through.
  • wear stained clothes. The one exception is to have some dirty-work clothes. Only wear them when doing things like painting or having food fights.
  • flash too much flesh. I am not guilty of this one (I don’t think?) but there was a particular young mother at the zoo one day, wearing a belly-baring halter top. It is not my place to judge…okay, fine. I judged. If I wear a belly-baring halter top, please judge me. But only after giving me a sweater to hide in.

Do…wear comfortable clothes that make me feel glorious. Do embrace color. Do clothe my body in soft fabrics. Do find things that fit and are flattering for my current body (not the one I had when I was twenty, not the one I had when I was twenty-five, not the one I had when I was pregnant with Z).

Do…plaster feel-good positive affirmations over every mirrored surface.


  1. michelle · August 31, 2011

    Haha! SO true, Beth. I wholeheartedly agree with everything on your list. That said, I’d add DO allow yourself to stay in your pjs all day once in a while. Just make sure they’re really cute in case someone comes to the door. 🙂

    • Beth Hull · August 31, 2011

      That’s a great excuse to buy new pajamas, Michelle! (I have plenty of cute ones, but I don’t want to look repetitive to the hypothetical person at the door.)

  2. Vicki · September 1, 2011

    I can’t WAIT for cooler weather so I can slip back into my good ‘ol blue jeans – I am down to 2 pairs of shorts that fit comfortably & I refuse to buy anything bigger, so if you see me in jean shorts or brown shorts, then you’ll know it’s 1 of the 2 in my dresser. Meanwhile there’s a stack of shorts folded all nice & neat in my closet, just waiting for my bulging belly to go flat…somehow…. 😦

    I like your list of Dont’s & have to admit that I fall into many of those bad habits myself – what’s a mother to do??

    • Beth Hull · September 1, 2011

      I wish I had some suggestions, Vicki. Dresses, maybe? I’ve been wearing lots of dresses & skirts. I wear the same black baby doll dress at least once a week. It makes me feel pretty and it’s super comfortable.

      I also have a stash of clothes-that-will-fit-again-someday. I’m not ready to give up, and you shouldn’t give up either!

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