“Of course it matches, IT’S ALL FLOWERS.”
Argue with that logic.
Commenters who didn’t know my family or me at all began predicting a future where Addie goes to school with mini skirts and halter tops shoved into the bottom of her bag so she could change in the bathroom. There were assumptions that I was controlling her, not giving her any choice and that all her clothing choices are far more Laura Ingalls and far less…well…Addie.
There was a time I picked out every outfit Addie wore, it was grand fun, just like dressing a doll.
Then suddenly she developed opinions and began dressing herself.
Clearly I lost all control with her wardrobe and ran with it.
*shrugs* It’s her thing, these crazy outfits she puts together.
So when comment after comment rolled in about what horrible parenting decisions I was making I was able to take a deep breath and know I was doing okay. I may buy Addie’s clothes, but the execution? It’s all her. Modesty is wildly important to me, but I don’t really care how she gets there as long as she does.
If it’s layering seven different floral patterned and lace trimmed pieces with red cowgirl boots? So be it.
I’ve started watching Project Runway with her, we’ve had the same favorites from the very beginning, Austin Scarlett and Mondo. I didn’t have any influence on her decision, we both like what we like. She loves how weird and quirky some of the outfits can get and doesn’t understand why I don’t leave the house swathed in tiny blinking LED lights. On Friday she decided to host her own runway show and demanded that I photograph the event.
When we asked her “Why so serious?” She rolled her eyes and said “BECAUSE FASHION IS SERIOUS.”
She then made me follow her around outside as she used our driveway as an (sub)urban runway.
I realize she’s wearing my boots, but you guys…LOOK WHAT HAPPENED.
SHE GOT ALL BIG AND STUFF.
If you want to wear tutus on your head for the rest of your life? SO BE IT.
Heck, if you want to wear tutus period for the rest of your life, so be it.
(I will have to draw the line at borrowing my shoes for the time being.)
I guess she’s still little in my head because she still loves clothes that glitter, skirts that twirl, and shoes with flair.
May those be loves that never ever leave her.
When I was given the topic of the things kids wear, I almost had too much material. I’m so grateful to partner with Hallmark in 2012 on their “Life is a Special Occasion” campaign again and I thank them tremendously for believing in my family, Addie’s fashion choices, me, and for sponsoring this post.