Learn my favorite tips for feeling beautiful and confident with an intentional homemaker outfit: increase productivity while keeping things practical.
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Let’s cut to the chase here: frumpy sweats and a messy bun (when they’re thrown together on a disheartened whim) won’t make anyone feel good.
Research shows that what you wear matters, in a BIG way. The clothes you wear not only affect other people’s perception of you, but also your own mental and physical performance.
Even so, it seems like laid-back outfits have become the ‘norm’ for homemakers these days. Anyone have a “Namaste in Bed” shirt? Anyone seen one at least?
I have so many thoughts on this, but I’ve been hesitant to share! I never want to come across as preachy, and I DO completely understand that everyone is in different stages of their lives.
Sometimes the best we can do on a given day is throw our hair up and try to get the house cleaned. I’ve stayed in my PJ’s until noon, and thrown on my hubby’s sweats for the whole day. I’ve had those days!
But, for the most part, I’ve realized that giving attention to my appearance has such a huge effect on my homemaking.
And I think this is true for most homemakers!
“Getting dressed” every day will look different on every person. Its not so much what you wear or how you look, but the effort and act of being intentional.
SOO, you’re ready to revamp your wardrobe and find that perfect, homemaker outfit, but first……..
Why Should Homemaker’s Get Dressed Every Day?
As a homemaker, its easy to feel a little unimportant. The daily tasks get mundane and we get caught up in the repetitiveness of it all.
Its also easy, when you set your own schedule, to get lazy. You’re in charge of keeping yourself disciplined and diligent in your work.
Homemakers don’t necessarily have a boss hanging over them telling them what to do all day and when.
I think laziness is a natural tendency for most of us.
When you can be intentional about getting ready, it will make your day feel important and your work necessary. And it will make you less lazy with the rest of your day.
Also, it gives off the vibe to your family, AND yourself, that you care. That you care about your day, your home, your work, and your family.
What Should Homemaker’s Wear?
I think what you wear doesn’t matter so much as just being intentional with getting yourself ready.
If getting ready and feeling good for you looks like a dress, then do it! Or maybe its jeans and a t-shirt? That will work too.
In my own opinion, the yoga pant trend has been used and abused, and this is something I’d steer away from. Jeans or pants are more put together without being out of your comfort zone.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is what you’re doing that day. If its a day out in the garden, jeans can be more appropriate. If you’re having a friend over for lunch, get a little more fancy!
There is nothing wrong with getting fancy! Or wearing a dress at home!
The notion that its silly for a homemaker to get dressed up fancy for a day at home should be ditched out the window.
Its not silly, friend.
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Homemaker Outfits: Vintage House Dress?
I’d love to give an argument for the vintage house dress as the perfect homemaker outfit…. but first, I don’t want that or the photos in this post to be deceiving. I DO wear dresses at home but not every day.
I am aware that this isn’t the 1950’s, OR the 1800’s where prairie dresses are the norm (a girl can dream though LOL). So I don’t expect or think homemakers should throw out all their jeans for flowy dresses.
I think everyone should wear what works for them and their lifestyle, and whatever they feel beautiful in.
That being said, IT IS one of my personal goals to wear dresses more often!
Dresses are comfortable and flexible. I could drop my housework and head out for errands or lunch and feel good.
They’re a great start to the day, they feel old-fashioned and classy and they make me feel beautiful. Even if just for a day at home.
I understand they’re not for everyone and I didn’t want to make this post just about house dresses, but rather the intentional act of getting ready.
Anyone else want to join me in wearing dresses at home more often? Let me know in the comments!
Aprons for Homemakers
A big argument against getting dressed as a homemaker is that your ‘nicer’ clothes might get ruined if you wear them. So that’s why its best to wear grungy clothes……
I agree, homemaking can get pretty messy! Cooking meals, washing dishes, and scrubbing bathrooms aren’t the cleanest of activities.
Even so, those things shouldn’t keep you from getting dressed nice.
This is where the handy apron comes in! An apron can be a homemaker’s best friend. It will protect your clothing, you can keep things in the pockets, and it can double as a hand towel, potholder, ALL the things.
Don’t have an apron?! Make yourself one! Check out my tutorial HERE for making your own apron. Its super simple and beginner friendly.
How to Make it Work
If I’ve convinced you of the benefits of getting dressed every day, lets talk about how you can make it work.
Start by waking up 5-10 minutes earlier than normal. Check out my post HERE on figuring out a good morning routine. This will really help!
With that 5-10 minutes, do what you can to get dressed and ready. Fix your hair, put on a little makeup, and put on an intentional, homemaker outfit for the day.
If you find you need more time, give yourself a little more time the next morning.
One thing that has helped me is to practice for a few days to find a quick makeup and hair routine. Its something that I can do EVERY day and it only takes a few minutes to get ‘made up’.
Don’t forget about your hair and makeup!
At first it might not feel natural to get dressed up and ready like this, but if you do it long enough it’ll become a normal part of your routine.
Invest in a good apron, or make a few for yourself.
Throw on some house shoes if that suits you.
And set yourself up for success.
One More Thought
I just want to leave you with one more thought… have you ever heard the saying, “the prettiest thing a woman can wear is a smile”.
Something I’ve been working on for a long time as a homemaker is to be joyful.
You can have the cleanest house on the block, homemade food, and look like a million bucks… but it won’t do you any good if you’re not happy.
Your home and your family will benefit so much more from you wearing a happy countenance and being a joyful homemaker.
We should value this and work on it just as much as we do our physical appearance.
I’d love to know in the comments if getting dressed and ready every day is something you already do? Do you feel like it helps your productivity and attitude as a homemaker? Let me know!