Housewife wants ‘grotty’ mums in coronavirus lockdown to dress better
A stay-at-home mum who lives a traditional life of cooking, cleaning and childcare has blamed loungewear fashion for taking away the “glamour of homemaking”.
As the coronavirus pandemic forces many of us to stay in our homes the “tradwife” slammed “grotty t-shorts and yoga pants”.
Alena Kate Pettit, who lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and son, urged other wives to show working mums “how to stay at home with grace”.
She said: “Now everyone is an honorary housewife, let’s show them how it’s done.”
The mum dresses in traditional clothing everyday inspired by the golden-era of housewives, the 1950s.
Alena has previously said that “husbands should always come first” and says “cooking and cleaning is my job”.
Alena first made headlines when she launched The Darling Academy – an online “femininity finishing school”.
The stay-at-home-mum is given a monthly allowance for groceries and a buffer for her to “spend something on myself”.
Writing in a post on Instagram, she said: "We tell our kids all the time that they can be anything they want to be, and yet, stifle that dream for ourselves… even if those dreams are 'just being a mum'.
“But let's face it, grotty T-shirts and yoga pants hardly a chic-mum make. No wonder the art of Mothering and Homemaking has lost its lustre in recent decades.
“It's just not pretty… time to change that ladies!”
She continued: “I don't know about you, but even something as simple as dressing nicely and working on your inner beauty will make you feel like you can rule the world (or perhaps just a mountain of laundry).
“Now *everyone* is an honorary housewife, it’s a time to shine and show the world how it’s done… with grace, love, and by fine example.”
Alena added: “It seems a lot of people are anxious about staying home, caring for their homes, and teaching their children 24/7 – so they’ll need to see with their own eyes it’s possible to do it well, do it peacefully, and be happy staying home.
“Let’s show ‘em what we’re made of ladies! Let’s stay home, and enjoy it.”
The controversial tradwife movement includes blogs, blogs and Instagram pages all dedicated to living a traditional home life.
It is popular in Japan, Germany and Brazil.
Those who take part in the tradwife life often rely on books from the 1950s and 1960s which “tech” women how to be perfect homemakers.
Alena is the author of two similar books: “Ladies Like Us” and “English Etiquette” which are available on Amazon.
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