Saturday, May 9, 2009

Breaking Up With Comfy Cute

Who doesn't love being in comfy clothes?  Looking cute in comfy clothes can be a skill.  The trick is to take a shower, do your hair and make-up, choose fun earrings,  and make sure your shoes are on the cute side of comfy.  

Have you ever walked out thinking "Dang, I'm cute today", only to catch a  glimpse of someone in the shop window that looks as if they threw a potato sack on, and realized that the image in question was actually the reflection of the not so cute you, in your not so cute comfy clothes?

Yesterday I got all dolled up in my cute comfy clothes, you know, the long boutique-y blue jersey shorts and the white cotton t-shirt that is cut just right?  The adorable white Pumas with a little pink stripe, the comfy shoes that hug my tiny feet, just so?  You know, the outfit that I wear on the days I want to make an effort but also want to be comfy and casual?  

I'm breaking up with that outfit.  That get-up should never have seen the light of day.  Maybe it's the extra Oreos I consumed this winter, but those shorts should be burned.  And the shirt?  Officially in the rag pile.

My tried and true recipe for comfy cute has been destroyed.  The image of myself in the window as a smushy puffy marshmallow slob shocked me!  I looked at several angles, several windows, a mirror, my reflection on a car... I know, sorta loony but I was traumatized!  How can I look one way when I leave the house and another in that reflection?  

Is it my age?  Have I reached that age where I can't pull of comfy cute anymore?  I'm short, I'm cute, I'm casual.  What happened?  My body has changed more than I realized.... will I ever be able to pull of comfy cute again?

Do you have a favorite comfy cute outfit?  How do you pull off comfy cute?


21 Responses to "Breaking Up With Comfy Cute"
  1. ScrappinMichele said...
    May 9, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Oh boy do I know what you mean. I can't tell you how many times I have looked in the mirror thinking I look comfy cute and find that I do look more the pillsbury dough boy. But, such is life. And I'm not sure also if it's because we see ourselves much differently than others do. We are so hard on ourselves.

  2. Lagean Ellis said...
    May 9, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comfy Cute, that's a catchy phrase. I must say, right now, NOTHING looks cute on me. With this injury and all the swelling, I have to wear "big stuff". All my bottoms have to have an elastic waist that touches just enough to keep my drawers from dropping and to keep the pressure off my hip and lower back because it stays swollen; big legs because anything that touches my right thigh causes extreme swelling: I dress most elderly women and I'm 39. So, with those bottoms, it doesn't matter what my top looks like and, honestly, I am really not very big.....This STINKS!

  3. Heidi said...
    May 9, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    For me, the tragedy is that I simply can't be objective about how I look. I pretty much over-estimate or under-estimate every single time I look in the mirror (and both can happen within hours of each other, even minutes!) It drives me nuts!

  4. Paging Doctor Mommy said...
    May 9, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comfy cute no longer really works for me either, but most of the time I just don't care! I'll take comfy over cute any time!

  5. Heather said...
    May 9, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comfy cute doesn't really work for me. But, let me tell you, the 'just coming from yoga' or 'just going to yoga' look makes an appearance quite often!

  6. Hit 40 said...
    May 9, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    My hubby likes to tell when to retire a shirt or pants. I have gotten more attached to my old stuff.

    I am tired of buying new clothes... they are so expensive! I rather have new carpet

    I bet you looked cute!

  7. Insanitykim said...
    May 9, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    That whole issue I tackled in my junior section post; I feel SO out of place right now! And, as I get older, the body under my clothes severely limits my choices! ACK!

    I am finally working out again, so I will at least feel confident again, in my fave cute/comfy outfit style, which is usually my favorite jeans, a trendy tee, or a pretty tank and henley. If you're in decent shape you really can't go wrong with that! Either a pony tail and clogs to dress it down, or evening makeup and killer heels to dress it up! Yep. That's me!

  8. The Devil's Daughter-In-Law said...
    May 9, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    I bet you looked a lot cuter than you think you did! My really comfy clothes are not at all cute, so they're reserved for home. When I MUST leave the house with a dozen or so kids, I usally am cute enough (in my mind) in capris or a denim skirt and a T shirt. That's about as good as it's gonna get for me.

  9. Jendi said...
    May 9, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Been There Done That. Felt like I looked like a million; really looked like I owed a million.

    Where did I put that Pilates DVD?

  10. Shady Lady said...
    May 9, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    I don't need comfy cute to look puffy. I'll just stick with jeans and hope that one day the treadmill will burn off the puffy.

  11. Kris said...
    May 9, 2009 at 6:30 PM

    My comfy cute doesn't seem to be working this spring either. Something has happened over the winter this year. I haven't gained weight, not a single pound, but my clothes fit different and I feel poofy!!
    Guess I better get out and exercise! Good thing pool season is upon us to swim.

  12. Stacy Uncorked said...
    May 9, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    You're not alone - my comfy cute has been relegated to the rag pile, too...but since we are harder on ourselves than anyone else ever would be, I bet you totally rocked the 'comfy cute' look because you are cute... :)

    Have a Happy Mother's Day! :)

  13. Unknown said...
    May 9, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    My comfy cute is jersey shorts and a tank top with cute little flip flops -- I do my hair, make-up, necklace, earrings, and my watch. I don't care what anyone thinks because my husband can't keep his hands off of me. It is because of him I can pull it off. TFS

    And girl I know you can to -- you are just being hard on your self-- tell you self I'm fine and I know and walk like you mean it.

    Happy Mothers Day

  14. The Pink Geranium or Jan's Place said...
    May 9, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    trust me.. it odesnt matter how old you are.. it happens!

    so cute... so NOT cute!

    what were we thingking!


  15. Veronica Lee said...
    May 10, 2009 at 2:12 AM

    Happy Mother's Day!

  16. zelzee said...
    May 10, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    Oh no!! It's the 'body weight shift'...........
    It shifts around and settles in the most unususal places...

    But I wouldn't worry if I were are blonde and cute, and no matter what you put on comfy or otherwise I am sure looks good on you!

  17. Unknown said...
    May 10, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    I dont think I necessarily have comfy and cute...I do the comfy at home and dont worry about being cute most of the time when I am wearing them.

  18. Sugar Jones said...
    May 11, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    I traded those pieces out a few years ago after my last baby. It feels cute, but you're right... when you catch a glimpse of yourself... not so much! Now I wear some casual GAP type clothes and "upgraded" tees that are more flattering. Flip flops and tennis have been traded for little ballet flats. Lots more stylish... and I still feel comfy and cute.

  19. Real Life Sarah said...
    May 11, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    I have a new "comfy cute" outfit that includes black cargo capris, a plain aqua t-shirt, and some really cute plaid NewBalance Shoes. I have had that horror shock of seeing the frumpy mom in the mirror where the cute chick should be.

  20. Kathy B! said...
    May 11, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Sadly, comfy cute doesn't really exist in my world. I can do cute (with a crap load of effort) and I can do comfy (and I rarely look cute) but I can't pull off the two simultaneously. If only I'd won that bronzer!!

    I personally think you aren't giving yourself enough credit.

  21. Heatherlyn said...
    May 11, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    A lot of the shirts being sold this season ... OK, the ones at and at a special vendor at Cost-co for 2 weeks are VERY comfy. The fabric is so soft. Of course, I can't put them in the dryer or they will shrink.

    But ... I try to make sure that my pajamas are cute and that the tops and bottoms coordinate and don't look too pajamaish. Because if my hair and make-up look cute and I want to run to wal-mart, or a piano lesson, and not change out of my super comfy pjs then I can get away with it!


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