Kids are just messy, which is why I think Moms should never wear white -- especially if it's an article of clothing they particularly love.

Why Mom’s should Never Wear White

Mommy Crusader Being a Mommy, Parenting 16 Comments

A few years ago, my mother bought me a fantastic pair of white slacks. I had to take them back. Don’t get me wrong, they were super cute. They fit fabulously and I looked really good in them. Everything I want in a pair of slacks – except they were white. White clothes are rare in my wardrobe after 10 years of mothering. I like the color white. White is clean and crisp. White is professional and casual. White matches everything. So, why doesn’t it exist in larger quantities in my wardrobe? White and motherhood just don’t seem to go together. There’s a reason why mom should never wear white. Four letters: K I D S.

Kids are just messy, which is why I think Moms should never wear white -- especially if it's an article of clothing they particularly love.

Kids are murder on clothes in general. There are days when I feel my pants, and they’re crunchy from one thing or another that one or more of my children wiped on them. I recently walked out of our church building with a sugar cookie hand print on my nice purple blouse. At least the handprint was on my shoulder—I’m just saying. And I still remember the dinner when an entire gallon of red, yes red, punch landed in my lap all over my, sigh, brand new summer outfit. Like I said, kids are murder on clothes.

Kids are just messy, which is why I think Moms should never wear white -- especially if it's an article of clothing they particularly love.

My little baby, after a good romp outside, now wants to be picked up. Part of me cringes and wants a HAZMAT suit to wear.

I think that’s why none of my clothes – that I wear regularly – are white.  I’d need to buy stock in a bleach company if I was going to wear white more often. I have one or two outfits that include white articles of clothing, but I only wear those when I’m going somewhere without children. Right now, that happens only about every other year.

Well, this morning, I put on a white tee shirt. We weren’t going to be doing anything too dangerous – like crafts with paint – and I thought I could get away with it. My big agenda items for the day included finishing the dishes, folding the laundry, and playing with my kids. Well, we had just finished lunch when I noticed my white shirt is . . .

Kids are just messy, which is why I think Moms should never wear white -- especially if it's an article of clothing they particularly love.

The tracks left behind on my tee shirt by my loving children. I’m so glad bleach has been invented.

well, I’m sure I can bleach it.

I have peaches mushed into the hem. Chocolate cakes squished down one side. Something blue that I’m not sure what is–maybe juice from a fruit snack?  It’s intermingled with the chocolate cake. Oh, and let’s not forget the drip of cheese right along the collar.  And no, I am not the person who put any of these fabulous additions on my shirt.

Well, at least I know about the mess under my nose. I have gone out of the house before, and, after arriving at my destination, looked down and realized that most of my children’s lunch was on my shirt. Sometimes, I’ve carried an extra shirt in my car for just that type of occasion. However, that only works if I remember to replace the extra shirt once it’s been used.

Kids are just messy, which is why I think Moms should never wear white -- especially if it's an article of clothing they particularly love.

So, although I like white and I like clothes that are white, white will just have to wait. Good thing white’s a classic color. I’m sure it’ll be in style when my children are old enough to get their clothes dirty – instead of mine.

What fashions have you had to put aside because your children are too hard on them? Let me know.

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  1. White does take a beating! I can wear it now, but I still rarely buy it for my children. They inevitably end up dirty!

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  2. A few weeks ago I made the mistake of wearing white pants and giving my 9-month-old blackberries to eat. Purple stains all over my pants! I guess, though, that’s the badge of honor we wear 🙂 (I did, thankfully, manage to get it out with some white vinegar and cold water!) Stopping by from the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop.

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  3. agreed! Sometimes I think my wardrobe (the surviving pieces) makes people think I’m always on my way to a funeral. I will not even let my kids near the lighter close while shopping. Also I am pretty sure I have that same striped shirt hanging in my closet. 🙂 lol

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  4. I have three types of clothing now: “around the house, messy clothes,” “nice clothes that make me feel good when out,” and work-out clothes *unused work out clothes, lol.
    Before I had the fourth category “nice enough to be seen in, but not nice enough to be upset if ruined” but now that my daughter’s 3.5 she’s aware when she’s messy and knows better than to wipe any of that mess on me, LOL.

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  5. I’ve had people ask me why I wear so much black and not more colour. The answer? Black is what’s left when all the other clothes has met their end because of stains!

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  6. This post made me laugh. Although I dare wear white, it is only when my children aren’t present, and they are supposedly old enough not to spray their mom with tomato juice (they do it every time anyway). And it was a long way from black to light brown to khaki or beige to white..I had to put aside anything that would button in the front for a few first years, because yank! and a button is gone, and I was lucky if it wasn’t one of the top ones. Any heels were out of the question. Low rise pants, oh how I used to giggle at “mom jeans” jokes, I learned the hard way that a mom has to go to a kid’s level so many times a day and it would be better if she didn’t show her underpants to the whole playground while doing it…I console myself that I will definitely be a very very stylish old lady one day.

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