I am always shocked by what people wear to swim meets. I suspect many of the fashion victim must have boys. I spend my time in the closet trying to avoid the “is that what you are wearing” look from my daughter. She has learned not to ask, now I just get the look. I personally think I am pretty fashionable. Most of the time Grace is wearing something of mine. If I am not on the mark I am pretty close to it.
I always wonder what people are thinking when they get dressed for a swim meet. The “I just rolled out of bed” look is actually perfectly acceptable at a swim meet. The “I am having dinner later in Georgetown” look? Not so much.
The bottom line, dress for comfort. It doesn’t matter how cold it is outside, it will be warm – no hot – inside. When I shop, I have swim meets in mind. I like Cotton layers. I usually wear a pullover hoodie, I can fold it up and use it to cushion my bum during meets. Tank top, followed by lightweight long sleeve t-shirt and a hoodie. I am a big fan of leggings and ballet flats. Here are a few simple rules.
1. If you are going to strip down to your tank top, wear an appropriate bra. Support matters. Tuck the straps in. Look at your self in the mirror in just the tank before you start layering. Shave your pits and wear some deodorant, especially if you plan to throw your arms in the air and yell.
2. Make sure the tank covers your butt crack. This is so easy to do. Sit down in a chair and bend forward, elbows resting on the top of your legs. Reach around with one hand and feel the base of your spine. Or get a kid to take a photo. Because that is exactly what the person behind you is looking at for the next four hours.
3. Time to layer up. Make sure that you can take off your next layer without looking like you are taking off a straight jacket. If you can’t get it off with out elbowing your neighbor, don’t wear it.
4. Wear any pants/shorts/leggings you want. Watch the butt crack and watch the camel toe if you are in leggings. Other than that, anything works.
Finally, chose shoes that are comfortable. I often go with flip flops or ballet flats. Leave the steel toed work boots at home. There is a very good chance that at some point in the day you are going to kick someone. Be kind.
Please don’t pick your toes. It is creepy. If you wear flip flops in the dead of winter you will probably figure out you need a pedicure. While there is lots of time at a swim meet, this is neither the time nor place to do it. Don’t laugh, my friend sat next to someone painting their nails at swim meet. She didn’t enjoy it. A few months ago she sat next to me right after I had taught a spin class. She says she is sensitive to smells. Fortunately I had followed my own rules and threw on some deodorant. Perfume at a meet? Oh please don’t.
I’m thinking about getting a swim mom t-shirt. Because that isn’t painfully obvious.
My go to store for swim meet apparel? Lululemon. While you are there, pick me up something too. I will take one of anything.