When I was a child, my mother’s wardrobe seemed to consist of an unending series of Head tennis warm-up suits. Whether she was playing in a tennis match that day or just running morning carpool, she would invariably wear her trusty warm-ups. I remember with almost perfect clarity the crinkly sheen of the material and the sound they made when she hurried down the hallway with our backpacks. I also remember swearing that, when I was a mom, I would be GLAMOROUS, which to my nine year-old self meant a faceful of makeup (why wouldn’t you wear it every day if you were allowed?) and an entire wardrobe from Ann Taylor (the pinnacle of grown-up fashion).
Fast forward twenty-ish years and guess what? I’m sporting the 21st century version of the Head warm-up suit: Lululemon. I’ve been growing increasingly tired of the kabuki of it all, cladding myself entirely in exercise clothing that I have no intention of actually exercising in. So this Christmas I gave my husband a very specific directive: mama needs some casual cool.
Enter my new favorite James Perse Vintage Fleece Sweatpants. (Good going, Hus-B.) I’ve been wearing them on the regular for several weeks now and have received a zillion compliments. ON SWEATPANTS. The photo on the James Perse website doesn’t do them justice: they are cut beautifully, the fabric is delicious, and they really are remarkably flattering. Styled with a classic breton striped top (we like this one from Petit Bateau), a J.Crew quilted vest, metallic London Sole ballet flats, our omnipresent pearl studs, and a pair of classic Ray Bans, and you’re pretty much looking at our daily uniform. Am I the glamorous mom image of my childhood? Nahhhhh, I’m pretty sure those moms only exist in Birdie’s Big-Girl Shoes and on Instagram. I’m just pleased not to look like a hobo, and to be able to go about my day without fear of a massive dry cleaning bill in the face of sandboxes, spit-up and jam hands.