This weekend, I took my daughter to a birthday party in one of the suburbs right outside of N.Y.C. Just for context, it was over 90 degrees in the city this weekend or at least it felt that way to me after lifting my stroller up and down the subway stairs. Back to the story, though. As I was walking through Grand Central Station pushing my daughter in her stroller to our train, I overheard a woman say, “Did you see how short her shorts were? And she has a kid?”
I was hot and irritated that she didn’t at least have the courtesy to wait until I was out of earshot, so I turned around and said “You need to mind your business. It’s too hot outside, this is not your kid and this is not you body.” I’m guessing she was surprised I heard her and even more surprised I said something because she just walked away.
But the whole train ride I was stewing because since when is there a dress code for moms? First of all, my shorts weren’t that short–longer than Halle’s in the pic above–but more importantly, so what if they were short? Does wearing short shorts mean I’m setting a bad example for my daughter? Nevermind that we go to church every Sunday, that I have an ivy league degree or that we read together for hours every night; nope, the short shorts negate all that.
What do you think? Should moms give up their “sexy” clothes after they have kids?