As you know, Annie has been picking out her own clothes for about five months now. There are still days where I can, um, trick her into wearing what I want, but those days are getting fewer and farther between. In fact, most mornings she wakes up, I pick her up and put her on the changing table for a new diaper, and she’ll say to me, “Mama, want [insert very specific clothing items here].” She will say which shirt, pants, shoes, and sometime which hair accessory she wants. I can’t remember what I wore to my own wedding, and she has her entire wardrobe memorized.
When this picking out her own clothes thing first started, I admitted to you all that my control-freak tendencies were going to make it hard to allow my child to dress herself like a hobo. Then some people wisely pointed out that Annie doesn’t buy the clothes so I just had to make sure I didn’t get her hobo-like clothes. So, I devised a plan and it looks like this:
That right there is five shirts, one cardigan, three pairs of shoes, two pairs of shorts, and three pairs of pants (all birthday gifts to Annie from either me or her friends, all from Old Navy, purchased with our own monies). And they all match. See, look:
I could easily make another dozen outfits with these pieces. Now when Annie wants to dress herself, everything she has goes together and I don’t have to worry about her looking like a toddler hobo.
My shopping tricks:
~When you’re buying your kids their basics, stick to a color palate so everything matches.
~If you find a good item for a good price, buy more than one. And possibly go up a size for longevity.
~Shop in all sections. That boom box “Turn It Up” shirt was from the boys’ section. It’s perfect for Annie.
~Shop during sales. That makes my second tip a lot easier.
Speaking of shopping – who wants to win a five hundred dollar gift card to Old Navy? No one? OK I will keep it. To enter, leave a comment below telling me one of your kid style tips.
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