The occasions are rare that I am jealous of my 2 year old. This Summer, several of my sundresses that I wore all last summer, suddenly had become too short. They could’ve shrunk in the dryer, I may have gained a few units, I mean pounds…*wink wink. All I know is that when I tried them on, they were completely inappropriate for public consumption. Nobody needed to see my hiney or my undies every time the wind blew. I love these dresses and didn’t want to give them up. What to do? Challenge accepted!
My options were to wear shorts under them, boy short undies, workout attire, or Spanx. I’m sorry, but none of those options were viable. Boy short undies were a bit too cheeky, workout shorts are mostly black and uncomfortable fabric, Spanx, no, just, no. Here’s where the jealousy came in. I needed something like my 2 year old has. Cartwheel shorts. I did a quick ask on my Mommy group page and got the suggestions I listed above. No one makes adult sized cartwheel shorts for modesty. Annoying.
This is where the amazing Kelley Wendelborn comes in. She saw my plea on the mom group and sent me a private message. She, in fact, was developing a line of clothing geared towards moms that included a cartwheel short for running around chasing kids!!!!! I was ecstatic! Eureka!!! My dresses would be salvaged!
Mint Standard Clothing was born when Kelley Wendelborn (a local Charlotte Mom of 2), saw the need for high performing mom gear. She is a believer in being hands free and developed a line with enough pockets to hold it all, even a bottle of beer! Her line includes 2 styles of Mom approved dresses in 3 colors/prints, and shorties in 2 colors. The pockets on the dress are so deep, I can put my keys, phone, snack, and a spare diaper in with no problem. No more lugging a bag to the park! These garments are the epitome of comfort with high performance fabric that wicks sweat and silhouettes that are so flattering. It’s mom gear minus the FRUMP! A feat in itself! Kelley is pretty much a genius in my book! Yep, that’s her below.
Starting a business can be a scary thing. I wanted to know what gave her the courage to step out and go for it with Mint Standard Clothing. If you know Kelley, then you know she has an amazing sense of humor and she cracks me up!!! This is her response to my question about how she came to be an entrepreneur.
Maybe too much Titos in my kids popsicles? Lol. I think I’ve always wanted to do something for myself, to be more creative. I love my job but it is a very big corporate environment with lots of red tape. I like being able to be myself in marketing, social media, and on the website: things like “if you have a bottle of champagne you need help drinking, contact us at (contact info).” I semi mentioned it to my husband and he was beyond supportive, without even really knowing what I meant about dresses with pockets. He really encouraged me which was huge. Then I fell in LOVE with the samples and knew there was no turning back. Although that check to the manufacturer was the scariest check to write!
I’m so glad that Tito’s and her husband gave her the encouragement that she needed, because Mint Standard Clothing is seriously exploding! The clothing is so versatile and flattering on so many different body types and suit many different situations.
I have worn the Shortie’s and the Original dress more than once already, and I give a BIG THUMBS UP! I’ve rocked them at the Nature Center, the park, the Teeter, and even to work! Having my phone handy has been a game changer! How else am I gonna check on all my Facebook Groups?!?
At work, I was able to hang on to hair color tubes, a round brush, my phone and keys. No one could even tell that anything was in my pockets! This dress is so comfortable and the moisture wicking fabric keeps you fresh on even the hottest day. Its long enough that even a tall Momma could wear it and feel comfortable.
The Shortie is not just for Summertime either. I have several cute Fall dresses that will instantly be more wearable when I throw some Shorties under them. Like the ones below. They are cute for pictures, but I couldn’t bend over without showing my behind. Also, rumor has it that the Fall collection may include a 3/4 sleeve dress!!!!