addie's fashion-2950

“Of course it matches, IT’S ALL FLOWERS.”

Argue with that logic.

Last month I wrote about why Addie had never worn a bikini, and why I wouldn’t be buying her one anytime soon on babble.


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.

addie's fashion-2946

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.

addie's fashion-3126

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.


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.


  1. Girl can pose!

    Casey Reply:

    @Barb @ getupandplay, And they say there’s nothing to be learned from reality TV.

  2. Modest is hottest…stand your ground! I think you’re doing great! She’s adorable and seems like a happy little girl. I have a six year old with a wacky style sense too…so fun!

    Casey Reply:

    @Natalie, I totally agree and thank you.

  3. I’m all for teaching girls modesty (or, more importantly to me, self-respect and confidence the right way), but I think trying to convince them all to stop tanning would make me happier. I can’t imagine what my skin would be like if I had tanned at 12. Ugh.

    Casey Reply:

    @Katie, I’ve never EVER stepped a toe into a tanning bed. Ever. We have a family history of skin cancer so it won’t really be an option for Addie either.

  4. People called you a bad parent for not letting your seven-year-old wear a bikini?! Seriously?! Modesty in little girls is VERY important, no matter what religion you follow!

    Liz Reply:

    Sorry, not awake yet; I also wanted to say that I love her outfits!

    Casey Reply:

    @Liz, Yeah. Well. People can find problems with anything, including virtue and puppies.

  5. @Ohh Betsy!, Cody doesn’t touch Addie’s hair and Vivi always ends up looking like a boy.

  6. @Rach81, Wait! My boots…the black ones? OH! Those are Earthies, a new spin off of Earth Footwear, super comfy for boots of that height. I always figure people are asking about Addie’s boots. 🙂

  7. @Amy in StL, I figured everyone was talking about Addie’s boots! I forgot mine were in there too! They’re Earthies by Earth Footwear, super comfy for such high heels (for me.)
    Zulily totally has mom stuff too, I got a red leather Kenneth Cole coat for $40 DUDE.

  8. @saramd, Little ones are always nudists.

  9. @Becky, And that’s what matters. 🙂

  10. @Kristen, Dude, I can’t dress myself to save my life. I hope it’s a skill Addie hangs onto.

  11. @Melissa, Thank you Melissa!

  12. @April, Yeah, makes my outfit choices look so boooring.

  13. I think the best part of having a daughter is dressing them up! 🙂 Oh, I so missed doing that to my only girl.

  14. I love her style and hope she keeps on with it forever. Love love love it.

  15. I’v been following on babble for a while and am now exploring your site. Good for you for teaching her modesty! Your girls are really lovely, and it’s so obvious that you’re crazy about them 🙂 keep up the good work!