The New York Times reports that in Manhattan, school drop-off is becoming something of a fashion show. Outside the Little Red Schoolhouse in the West Village, for example, this was the scene at 8:30 a.m.:
"The crowd surrounding the Sixth Avenue entrance ... was thick with Rag & Bone jackets, Goyard bags, impractical footwear, and even the ultimate fashion-insider comfort item: a sky-blue J'aime Rodarte sweatshirt. The sartorial M.O., as characterized by another Little Red Schoolhouse parent, Sophie Knight, is 'casual, but in a calculated way.' Even the most ripped-up pair of jeans, Ms. Knight said, might have set their owner back $400."
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Meanwhile at the more conservative private schools between Lexington and Central Park, attire is a bit more buttoned-up, featuring Celine totes and Carolina Herrera jackets.
Want to know what people are wearing at my car rider drop-off line here in Nashville?
Sweats! Track suits! Pajamas!
My daughter's school has curbside drop-off, which means that you can get away with taking your child to school in your pajamas -- and I've seen more than a few moms do it!
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My husband takes my daughter to school now, but I walked her in each day her first year and people always commented on how put-together I was so early in the morning -- all because I took a few minutes to put on some makeup before I left! Other than that, it was generally jeans, a sweater, and a coat for me!
Manhattan seems like it would be an interesting place to raise children, but I certainly wouldn't want to be carefully choosing my outfits at 7 a.m. in order to impress the other society moms! My favorite part of The New York Times story has to be an observation made by the daughter of one of the Manhattan mothers.
"Mommy," she said, "you're the only one without red bottoms on your shoes."
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The New York Times attributes the fashion frenzy outside Manhattan schools to the paparazzi photos that have emerged of Claudia Schiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Heidi Klum, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Katie Holmes doing the school run, all immaculately dressed in the latest designer fashions.
It's kind of sad, though, if you think about it. Most of these women are all dressed up with no place to go. The NYT made a point of noting that very few of the fashion plates were dressed for the workplace.
So now I want to know -- what part of the country do you live in and what do the moms wear for drop-off and pick-up?
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