Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Daily Outfit - School Gate Chic

It was the first day of school and the beginning of a whole new era yesterday. Miss Four was all fancied up in her little dress and black polished Mary Janes. Her bag was filled with snacks and her heart high with hopes as she went off to meet all her new friends.

No uniform for this year. They are "highly recommended" to wear the official school tracksuit, but in my opinion that is asking for trouble. Imagine teaching them this young that wearing a tracksuit for anything other than the gym is acceptable! (puts hand to forehead in a faint)

And while fruit is the standard snacking fare, something a little more cheerful was required for such a momentous day.

As for me, I knew I had a whole new challenge on my hands with school gate dressing. Given that where I live the standard mum attire is either capri pants and t-shirts, or the full Ed Hardy soccer mum look, I knew that whatever I wore I was bound to stand out. But not wanting to over do it, I did my version of jeans and t-shirt with these vintage style pants I knocked up and one of my favorite new blouses. It is actually even more comfortable than a jeans and t-shirt combo, and in my opinion looks a million times better. A quick twist with the hair and up into a french roll, and I'm done.

Outfit Details: Blouse - thrifted (no label), Pants - made by me, Shoes - Rohde

Now the biggest challenge will be adjusting to a whole new routine. Packing lunches, leaving early, parent teacher meetings, bake sales... I wonder how long the enthusiasm lasts?

31 comments:

Spiragirl said...

Hope she enjoys her first day. I found the enthusiasm wore off after about a week!

Ruthie said...

I hope it all went well - love both of your outfits!

Rachael said...

Gorgeous outfit, and what a cute frock on your daughter. Good luck to her

Nicole said...

If I ever had to go through childhood again, I'd want you for my mum SKM! Those poor dears in their capri pants won't know what's hit them - I'm sure you'll look like a movie star at the school gate, and let's face it, someone has to provide some inspiration. Miss Four will be so proud :)

Nicole from Circa
(using a different id for a change)

harbourmaster said...

those pants look amazing! such a perfect and flattering fit. did you use a ready-made pattern or draft yourself?

the ed hardy soccer mums will lose it (and hopefully their fake tan) when they see what a real lady looks like!

Emer Ireland said...

SKM, how tall are you? Navy pants look fabulous on you and this little shorty is wondering if they'll look as good on her!

PS: Is it too much to ask for a hair tutorial on this look?! It's beautiful!!

Meredith said...

Allo,

Your daughter looks fabulous!!! It`s interesting to know that in Australia school is starting, whereas here (Canada) it`s middle of the school year already!

My son (4) is attending a private school twice a week. Here, children start kindergarden school when they`re 5... unless you send them to a private school...

Anyway, have a good day "downunder" from "upabove" ;)

Salla said...

Hi! :) You look fabulous as always! I'm from Finland and I have been reading your blog for a while and I really think that this is the best blog I have ever read! Just love your blog! :)

Atomic Mama said...

i love that you made those pants, I have several patterns for pants, but I have been to scared to try. they look fantastic on you!

also, I want that cupcake. yum.

floraposte said...

2 great outfits. I hope there were no tears at the school gate.

Is there another hair tutorial in the offing for that style?

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Spiragirl: I'm keeping my fingers crossed for 12 years of enthusiasm.
Ruthie: Yes, she's loving it.
Rachael: She picked the fabric for that and about 12 others at the same time.
Nicole: Wow, thank you. That means a lot considering you've seen me in action.
Habourmaster: I actually designed and made the pants myself. I'm open to taking orders and thinking of listing them in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested.
Emer: I'm 5 foot 4 inches, and yes I have a long list of hair tutorials to get through now that Miss is at school.
Meredith: Yes, it is a private school. She will be attending full time (thank god!) so some sanity will be returned to my days. :)
Salla: Oh that is such a lovely compliment thank you!
Atomic mama: So long as the patterns you have done have pockets or a fly, then they should be a cinch! Give it a try.
Floraposte: No, no tears at all. Just a "you can go now mummy."
Yes, I'll add this style to my tutorial list.

Bec @ honi design said...

I love, love love this outfit! I can't tell you how much I admire your style. And I love that you are teaching your daughter to dress nicely as well.
The pants are simply fantastic! your're right - sometimes nice pants are a lot comfier than jeans.

Bucca said...

Also how did you get the 'links to this post' section at the bottom of the comments section?

Hammie said...

well done! You look faboulous and miss 4 will break hearts.
a momentous day remembered.
xx

Miss Lady Finger said...

The pig in the lunchbox is awesome! Did you pop in a wee "I love you" note as well? My Mum used to do that.....it was so embarrasing when I got older, but I still (secretly) loved it.
You both look tres stylish, like mother like daughter xxx

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Danielle said...

you look amazing! and thank heavens there are mums like you in the world.

Danielle said...

wait! and you're only 5'4" (not that that's a bad thing)! you look much taller in photos.

The Writing Instinct said...

As a fellow Aussie school gate mum, I avoid the dreaded trackie (except for cleaning the bathroom) at all costs. Your daughter will be very proud of you. And, what a beautiful example you are setting for her. My daughter, who started year 7 last week, often tells me how lovely I look and I love that she says so. Other mums will often stare at me or say "why are you so dressed up" or "where are you off too?". I usually ignore them amd and smile. In future I'll inquire as to why they are so dressed down?

liz said...

wow i just love the blouse! it is so divine! and you make far a fabulously understated elegant mother (which i think should become more of the norm!).

i am so tired of seeing mum's in nothing but beige capri pants and polo tops from myer's 'mummy' division! just because you're a mother doesn't mean you have to lose your own identity or fashion sense! well done!

Anonymous said...

we had first day on mon - year 1 and kindy. i'm glad my kindy girl will only be going 2 days a week this year tho - don't think i'm ready for BOTH of them to be fulltime yet!!!

we don't have any particularly fascinating dressers either and as others have noted, if i see another pair of capri pants...

A dreamer said...

even a school dress is better than a tracksuit!
aww. that is the most adorable cupcake.i'm betting it tastes just as good as it looks.

Miss Cec said...

You look lovely! i'm a new reader by the way... hi!

Girl Japan said...

I love these pants... Vintage modern?

Kim said...

I LOVE what your daughter is wearing (and must admit I've always been curious to see how the girls are dressed and I wasn't disappointed!), and I ADORE what you're wearing!! Simply wonderful!!

Cosmo said...

Wow! You look Fantastic! I am trying to get out of the Jeans and a T-Shirt uniform that I sadly adopted in Fashion Design school. I hope that by the time my little girl is ready for her first day of school I will look as great as you do.

donna said...

Wow. You are so beautiful. Your skin looks wonderful. You look like one of them glamorous 1960s Hollywood beauties. Can I link you? Thanks!

Love,
Donna

Gervy said...

You do both look fab. Miss Four will be a fashion leader from her first day - lucky girl. And that piggy cake - I hope she was suitably grateful!

Kat said...

I happened upon your blog while searching for pictures of Betty bangs, and I love it! Your skin looks FABULOUS in these pictures - what brand of foundation/concealer do you use?

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Kat: HI there! And thank you. You can see all the secrets of my makeup in my latest video tutorial which can be found on the main blog. www.superkawaiimama.com
I moved from blogger back in Feb and can now be found at that address.

Ruby Slippers said...

Your daughter looks so lovely, and I'm sure she appreciates that her mummy looks the best of all the mums at school! Those capri wearers will will be wishing they stepped out in something much prettier! Love that you dressed your daughter in a pretty dress too,instead of yucky trackpants: setting her up to be just as stylish as you when she grows up :) xx