Building a SAHM Wardrobe

Photo Credit to LizMarie_AK


Women who work outside the home get to/have to buy a wardrobe. They have a reason to get up, do hair and makeup, and dress nicely. Stay At Home Moms often struggle with their wardrobe – in fact, it is easy to slip into a rut and not have one. Even so, it is possible to Dress for Success as a SAHM!

Shoes Change Your Outlook

The very first thing you should do every day is put on shoes. Simple. This is a tip from my years of staying home with children that I got from The Fly Lady . . . anybody remember her? She is sooo right! It is impossible for me to sit around, or take a serious nap, or not get up and at it if I have my shoes on. I have always worn Nike Crosstrainers. They cost much more than regular tennis shoes, but I need the support for feet, legs and back. SAHMs are on their feet A LOT!

In fact, I give you permission to wear fleece and flannel all day . . . IF you have your shoes on. There is nothing wrong with this uniform. It is soft, cozy, warm and comfy. Just make sure the top matches the bottoms – you’ll feel better about yourself. Still, if you have to go out and you wear this particular uniform, people will think you are still in your pajamas. I have another solution.

Scrubs for a Stay at Home Mom

Scrubs are the ultimate uniform for everyone – even SAHMs! Think about it:  They are durable. They do not wrinkle. They are comfortable. They have HUGE pockets – and lots of them – to put Legos and Barbie shoes in when you are vacuuming. And, here’s the biggest plus, if you have to go out, it won’t matter how bedraggled you look or feel. People will assume you are a medical professional and excuse your bedraggledness for a hard day’s work – and rightfully so! No need to change clothes to run to the store. (But you have to keep your shoes on!)

Scrubs can be bought anywhere, but in keeping with my frugal nature, I rarely buy them new (and if I do, I get the cheap ones at Walmart). Look at thrift stores, in the back. There is usually a whole rack of them that are perfectly fine to wear in public.

In the closet, I hang the pants on the same hanger as its matching top. Then, in the morning, I just grab a hanger of scrubs, get dressed andput on my shoes! Now, I guarantee you will feel like making the bed, brushing your teeth, washing your hair, and putting on bare minimum makeup. Go start your day!!

What is the foundation of your SAHM wardrobe?

About Robin Egerton

Robin Egerton has written 83 posts in this blog.

Robin considers herself a "Baby Prepper" - that is, she is not preparing for a Zombie Apocolypse, but is proficient at preparing for emergencies. The most current project at her homestead is establishing sustainable gardening in raised beds. She is an experienced homeschooler and has extensive experience in fostering and adopting. After several years as a foster parent, Robin and her husband adopted a total of five children and later began a homesteading project. Robin learned to raise chickens, sheep and dogs. After growing extensive gardens and planting an orchard, the produce is canned and added to the food storage pantry to this day. When life with teens became extraordinarily hectic, Robin began putting her canning energy into preparing her own convenience foods. Robin's hobbies are knitting, crocheting, genealogy and she will soon be joining the world of amateur photography. All of Robin's interests can be found on her blog



  1. Emmie O says

    What a great idea! I never would have thought of that one on my own.

    Oh, and the FlyLady is so right about wearing the shoes! Who would have thought something so simple could completely change your day. (She’s still around, BTW)

  2. says

    This is one of those ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ moments. I’m not a SAHM, but I recently had to take an early retirement due to disability, and I’m still trying to adjust to a new routine. Or to be more accurate, to *make* a new routine. Now, I have to confess, I’m pretty sure I’ll abandon the daily shoes when summer rolls around again, but for now, well, I’ve got my shoes on. :)

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