A MUM-of-three has been called out for being a “mean girl” and branded “judgmental” after suggesting a list of clothing items she thinks mums should wear on the school run.
In a now expired Instagram Story, Lauren Dubois, from Canberra, Australia, admitted she used to be “stressed” when deciding what to wear on a daily basis and that she would carefully plan out her outfits.
Lauren Dubois, from Canberra, Australia, detailed the clothing items on her now expired Instagram StoriesCredit: thelaurendubois/Instagram
In the Instagram story, Lauren – a political-journalist-turned-parenting-blogger – wrote: “When I became a school mum, I genuinely put time and effort into researching what I should wear to school drop off and pickup.
And added: “Don’t laugh. It stressed me.”
She continued: “If you’re a stay-at-home or work from home mum, then you don’t wear ‘work clothes’ so you have to wear your regular clothes.”
She then shared a detailed list with her 55k followers explaining the type of outfits mothers should consider wearing – including “casual but presentable” and ‘”comfortable enough to spend all day in”.
She made a list of what women should wear and what to avoid Credit: thelaurendubois/Instagram
She then promoted a selection of ‘sponsored ad’ posts urging mums to buy her outfitsCredit: thelaurendubois/Instagram
Lauren also urged women to avoid gym gear and at least make it look like “you’ve put in a small amount of effort.”
In her opinion, this is so other parents will allow their kids to be friends with your own, and so “they don’t worry about play dates at your house being inside a dumpster”.
She said: “So for me, that meant minimal activewear because I don’t go to the gym. I just can’t pretend that I do.”
In what was intended to be a light-hearted post, the mummy blogger explained that while she’d never be caught out in her pjs, she does have a “massive soft spot for mums turning up to drop off” in theirs.
She continued to share photos of outfits she’d chosen for her school drop offCredit: thelaurendubois/Instagram
She received some backlash from followers with one calling her out on her ‘judgmental’ postCredit: thelaurendubois/Instagram
“Whether it’s been a s*** morning or they just really couldn’t give a flying f***, I see them and I stan them,” she said.
But in order to make a “good impression”, she suggested putting more effort in and taking her outfit options on board.
She then shared a series of “sponsored ad” posts where she modelled and promoted a selection of outfits she said were most appropriate for the school run.
She said they were the outfits she’d chosen to wear when she’d drop off or pick up her kids, and shared a discount code to encourage other mums to buy them too.
While she assumably thought she was being helpful, not everyone took to the post well, with some deeming it extremely “judgemental”.
A teacher chimed in and slammed her for insisting mums should be spending money on clothing items just to ‘impress other parents’Credit: thelaurendubois/Instagram
She commented saying parents don’t and shouldn’t care what mums wear and that she ‘hated’ the post for suggesting otherwiseCredit: thelaurendubois/Instagram
Calling her out, one mum wrote: “Who gives a f*** what you wear to school drop off?
And continued: “If anyone is judging you, they’re probably the a**holes that talk about ‘women empowering women’ but in online comments body shaming others for not being a size 6.”
Even a school teacher chimed in and slammed the comment made by the mum-of-three, and suggested parents shouldn’t care what other mums wear at all.
“Such a tragic way of showing off a sponsored brand by using emotional first-time school mums to make a few sales,” she wrote.
“As a teacher, I can categorically say no one notices what mums wear… The fact parents have turned up for their kids is the win here, not what they are wearing.
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“She has no idea how terribly her post could impact on someone without the income to be encouraged to wear this brand rather than op shop, hand me downs, handmade or Kmart clothes a lot of our parents wear in order to put a uniform on their kids’ backs.”
Despite the backlash, many reportedly defended Lauren and insisted there was nothing wrong with what she’d shared.
“Coming on someone’s Instagram page and telling them you don’t like their content and expect them to change it for you… is like knocking on someone’s door and asking them to change their furniture because it’s not to your taste,” one wrote.
Adding: “You don’t live there. Keep moving.”
Lauren wasn’t fazed by the backlash though, and reportedly hit back at the “tiny few who whinge, nag and insult” her.
She supposedly said: “‘I’ll never be what you want. I can’t be. I don’t want to be.
“I’m not here for you. I’m here for MY people. I have no obligation to be who you want me to be. You are not my people. Go and find yours. They’re somewhere else.”
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