You Know The Other Parents Are Judging You By Your Outfit, Right?

My daughter is attending a new school this year – one that surprisingly has a busy calendar of activities for the parents to note, memorize and attend.  The kids are only 2 mind you but there is a teacher visit at your home, several parent mixers, seminars, a curriculum lowdown night, picture day, parent teacher conferences, holiday events and more to log into my expanding calendar. Mind you, I LOVE the idea of community involvement and appreciate such planning on behalf of this very organized school and parent’s group.  Yet somehow I found it a bit dizzying and wondered to myself how parents of multiple children deal with it all. (Please explain if you happen to be one!)

I just attended my first parent mixer.  And I felt oddly anxious about it like it was MY first day at school.  Remember the butterflies you got at the prospect of entering a new classroom with no known friends, wondering who would sit next to you at lunch?  That was me as I prepared to put my best foot forward and couldn’t for the life of me decide what to WEAR!  I’m a fashion blogger that has styled hundreds of models in my lifetime yet I had to change my outfit 3 times to finally feel confident walking out the door!

what to wear

Image from white coffee magazine

Outfit 1 was too flashy.  While the outfit might have screamed Stella, and announced fashionista (which I’m perfectly comfortable with), it felt too over-the-top for a parental meetup.  And first impressions are everything.

So I put away the bling and created a preppy, understated outfit.  And soon enough I was starting to feel like Goldilocks.  The first bed was too big. The next was too small.  Well this outfit was too boring.  Not me.  Undress!

Outfit 3 if I had to title it would be called, “conservative chic.”  I dusted off a Shoshanna work dress from my past life which was colored a neutral (i.e. relatable) camel and sported a fit and flare style.  I accessorized with sensible stacked heels and a smart Prada purse along with simple, modern jewelry.  Finally!  I figured I could pass as a working mother coming straight to the meetup, without scaring anyone off with a suit.

what i wore

Shoshanna dress, Prada purse, Zara heels, Sisley necklace

Phew, that took a  lot of over-thinking.  Who knew parent – school meetings could be so stressful?  And the school year hasn’t even started. Ha!

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Comments
  1. You chose the perfect outfit! Love it. xo~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

    1. fabgab says:

      Thanks for the comment, Megan. I really hope to see you at the blogger bash that I’m hosting. Make sure to secure your spot ASAP as it’s only for the first 20 who respond.
      -Stella

  2. Lauren says:

    Great pick on the outfit! It’s almost like we feel it’s our first day at school too. 🙂

    1. fabgab says:

      Thanks so much, Lauren! That’s nice to hear coming from a fashionista such as yourself.

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