Does the title of this post get your blood pumping? Does it seem that I will now describe an exciting shopping adventure that resulted in fabulous style finds?
Sadly, that is not what I mean. This post is going to be devoted to field trip-style clothing. If there is such a thing? I am writing today to hopefully answer my own style quandary. What should I wear on a field trip with my kids? I never have an appropriate outfit in my opinion to travel out with my children on class outings. I feel like my clothes are too nice, maybe, for what is required? Yet no one else seems to be in their pants-saved-for-painting?
It seems that I never have a shoe that I want to wear. My Tory Burch Reva Flats are not meant to hike at a regional park. Conversely, I abhor the gym sneaker with tight jeans looks. I see plenty of that at the Del Mar Fair. So let's put that as item #1 to find: great shoe for field trip.
The second problem is the bottom option. Yes, I have great jeans. Most of them are too long to wear with flat shoes. Then again, not all Jeggings should be at Riley's Farms as we re-enact Colonial life. I also REFUSE to wear those crop khaki cargo pants that other chaperones all seem to have. Did the teacher issue out butt-accentuating long-crotched thigh-grabbing pants with the liability waivers? It seems to be a possibility. The bottom-line here is that I don't have a suitable jean for field trips. That is need #2
So because San Diego is the land of casual clothes and real jewelry; Lululemon workout gear and diamond hoops can usually get me through those in-between situations. You know what I mean. The quick errand after the gym or dropping kids off in the morning. Lululemon is gorgeous stuff with a flattering fit. It also happens to be resistant to dirt and perfect for activities like a field trip. Then again, I am not teaching gym at the Junior High, so there isn't a reason for me to always wear workout clothes. While this isn't a need per se, but rather something to keep in mind, the activity appropriateness of my clothing
So here we get to tops. I have the hardest time finding t-shirts that I like. For a long time I bought nothing but the basic tee from Shade Clothing. Sadly Shade tried to get to big and too diverse and they lost the best thing they had; the original basic tee pattern. Now even the subsequent generations of their t-shirts are gone and Shade is out of business. So t-shirts are back to being a PAIN. T-shirts are very often skin-tight and leotard-like. I actually prefer this fit to the other most common fit; mannish square with sqaures for sleeves. Yuck! I most especially dislike a T-shirt that is too short. Moms! Listen too me. When you are on a field trip, in the class, at the grocery, or just being... Do not wear a t-shirt that is too short. Let's call this need #3; the best fitting t-shirt for the job.
Jackets! Again I have plenty of jackets. I have a chic black satin trench I bought in Paris. I have lots of great workout jackets that would be fine with a field trip jean (if I had such a pant). I also have an incredible Bogner ski jacket that is so gorgeous it stops skier on the slopes. Yet, remembering that I am in San Diego and even though other people wear a ski-type jacket on outings, I do not. It is almost like wearing a bathing suit to the same such outing. Just remember time and place, place and time. Just like your bikini, a ski jacket is also not to be worn. So I am really looking for a perfect jacket that will 1) look great 2) look geographically appropriate 3) layer nicely with my other appropriate pieces. So need #4, the perfect jacket.
The field trip outfit needs:
#2 Pants or jeans
#3 Dream t-shirt
#4 Perfect jacket
Look for an update when I show you what I have found in my quest for the field trip perfect ensemble.