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Friday, August 15, 2008

Fashion Expert?

My daughter thinks I'm a shlumpadinka. And, really, if I'm honest, I probably am a tad frumpish some most days. Since that fateful day last winter, I've been making more of an effort.

Seriously.

So much so that one of my neighbors recently asked me about my newfound diva status. Actually, it was more like my neighbor expressed Awe and Amazement that I wore a pair of red capris, a print top instead of a t-shirt and some kicky sandals.

For the record, nothing on my shoe rack looks kicky. I wear a nine-and-a-half, double wide shoe. Just for laughs, go to a shoe store and ask for Cute Shoes in that size.

Go on now... I'll wait.

(waiting... waiting... waiting)

How'd it go? Yeah... that's what I thought. Did they bring out some of these?










And what about something similar to this?









That's what I thought.

Despite my Sad and Pathetic shoe collection, I'm starting to dress a bit better. And I'm actually grateful that the Tongginator helped drag me out of the slovenly pit in which I wallowed. Still, I'm wondering if it's really odd that I took fashion advice from a four-year-old, especially a four-year-old that dresses with such... ummm.... flair.



















Do y'all need a closer look?



















Help me feel better, y'all. What do the children in your life wear? Please, please, please tell me it's this interesting...

33 comments:

MomOfTheCrazies said...

My sister (The Happy Geek) was raving about your blog, so I had to come check you out. Your post made me smile as it could have been one of my girls wearing that outfit! Recently they've decided they have to "match" which means if they're wearing stripes, every item must be striped. It doesn't matter the color or the direction, it just must be striped. I get dizzy looking at them!

A few months ago my 5 year old decided she wanted to be a "pattern", so her outfit was red leotards, a purple skirt, a red shirt, and a purple barret. When I suggested that she tell people she chose out her own outfit, she said "only if they ask!"

happygeek said...

I only got boys.
I can still pick out their clothes.
This makes me happy.
MY oldest does choose his outfits, but aside from the occasional (pants on backwards) it is hard to mess up jeans and a t-shirt.
Again. Happy.

Veronica @Toddled Dredge said...

The fact that your girl wants to wear clothes at all is a blessing. Mine generally prefer to be in various stages of undress. Currently my 4YO is downstairs with a pink fluffy scarf wrapped around her body and tied. She says she is Robin Hood, but it is no Robin Hood I've ever seen. My 3YO would prefer to wear a swimsuit or a frilly dress every day. Both will accessorize any outfit with a hat, headband or tiara.

Cajunchic said...

It is a well laughed at thing in my family that I will let my children wear whatever they pick out. I do not care if it matches as long as it is clean and modest. right now Munchkin has on a green butterfly sun dress, a pink pooh bear night shirt over it, and a red clifford shaped back pack on. My family always says I should not let them go out like that but i think as long as they are happy and actually keeping their clothes on I am doing good.

Aunt LoLo said...

Oh, if that's what BBJ would pick out to wear, I'd be so HAPPY! Twice this week she has insisted on picking out her own outfit. First time was Tuesday. She wore (in this order) - Jeans, a sun dress, a cardigan...and a t-shirt on top (yes, on top of the cardigan AND the sundress.) This morning it was a pair of leopard print stretch pants, and a blue striped skirt...and nothing else. When she wanted to go outside, I told her she had to find a shirt. She came back with two cardigans and insisted on wearing those. When she found her pink 12-month sized parka, she ordered me to add that to the mess.

At least Miss Tongginator picks out ONE top, ONE bottom, TWO socks and MATCHING shoes!

Besides - I think it's "in" for kids to mix and match patterns. ;-)

Amie said...

Thanks for stopping by the blog to say hello. :)

ummm... even though she is "taking a fashion dare" with her mix of stripes and florals, she still looks better than me on a good day. Sounds like she is hookin' you up as well. You think she would be willing to work her magic on me as well? If she says yes, you know where to find me. Oreos for payment sound good?

:)
Amie

Rochelle said...

I love love love to dress up for church. And I love love love for Keilani to dress up too! However, on the other extreme of that... I love love love to be a bum! I call it school mode. :)

Rochelle said...

Oh forgot to say that Keilani started out wearing everything and anything... matching or not... she is 8 now, and for the most part she has it down, but I got some really funny pics for a while! Makes for a great blog! (Too bad I wasn't blogging back then!)

Carla said...

Oh we have you beat! She has green in BOTH pieces, she matches. ;) We're at least as interesting as that on a normal basis (the boys ONLY have solid shorts/pants, it helps). Katie's stuff gets bagged in outfits that go together (complete with socks) for Dh to dress her.

I remember vividly one day with a child wearing PJ piece-bottom, top with something on it...probably Buzz Lightyear or Thomas, rainboots, and his firefighter's hat...that had a SIREN on it. To the grocery store. I just smiled hugely to all the staring people, proud of my little "self-dresser" who was happily pushing that siren button all through the store and laughing with glee. LOOOOVE this age.

Mamatini said...

Have you ever read the book, "Fancy Nancy?" That's our house. Take a close look at what the parents look like before they got "fancy." That'd be C and me!

And "Fancy Nancy?" Our girls.

Carolina Mama said...

She is too cute! I bet that is fun. I just love this.

Our guys wear anything to do with sports and they love kakhi pants! Seriously, they will chose kakhi's over jeans - they are "too hard."

You know, the South, Kakhi's - that's fine . ;)

Carolina Mama said...

She is too cute! I bet that is fun. I just love this.

Our guys wear anything to do with sports and they love kakhi pants! Seriously, they will chose kakhi's over jeans - they are "too hard."

You know, the South, Kakhi's - that's fine . ;)

prechrswife said...

Right now, mine are still young enough that I can still (mostly) pick out what they wear. With Mary Joyce, I usually have to give her a choice, though, because she is already opinionated at 2 1/2. However, many days she pulls out her dressy church shoes to wear with her play clothes. :-)

Kate said...

What's that??? Oh...sorry...couldn't hear you what for brushing crumbs off my pajama bottoms. That go with an old t-shirt of my husbands. That I sleep in...and incidently have BEEN WEARING ALL DAY!!! (although I will say..I was cleaning and havn't been out in public...and a lovely temper tantrum has quashed my plans for a shower and pretty up session I had planned so my husband doesn't realinze I really have been wearing my pj's all day.....)

But I digress...on to the child's attire. WHEN SHE HAS SOME (and I think you get the picture) it is most often of the dress up princess, the more sparly the better and hey! this purple skirt looks smashing with this multi-colored pastel scarf variety! She is just getting more and more opinionated as time goes on. Likes to choose her own clothing. And her own hairstyle. I seriously do not know what is to become of us when school begins again in two short weeks.

It's going to be an uphill battle...for Lia and for me!!

Kate

redmaryjanes said...

Well, I'm the mother of boys. My oldest is picky about what he wears and always looks nice. My 12 year old is a disaster. He'll wear anything, stains, holes, too short...he could care less. Take a shower, brush his teeth...again, he could care less.

Me, I used to be a slave to fashion, but I've gotten kind of granola as I've aged. I love capris and shirts and sweaters in the summer. I am a shoe girl, but I'm not into the heels like I used to be. I love the shoes you have on here, I'd wear those. Very cool.

Special K said...

Check this out....
http://talesofthets.blogspot.com/2006/12/why-preschoolers-shouldnt-dress.html

Cool, eh?

Michelle said...

I am cracking up at the shoes!! I typically dress Mia and Leila now is to the point where she likes my help (go figure), but yesterday Mia came down the stairs already dressed - in red and white shorts with stars and a bright pink polo. NICE!

Dawn said...

I can relate to you on the shoe issue because I wear a size 10. I used to wear a 9 until I got pregnant twice. I never knew getting pregnant could make your feet grow. I love shoes, though, so I go out of my way to find cute ones.

As far as what my daughter wears, the poor girl has to wear boy clothes sometimes because if I'm behind on laundry I just throw some of her brother's clothes on her. She's too young to mind but I'm sure she'll soon realize what's going on and put a stop to it.

Beachy Mimi said...

My daughter started choosing her "outfits" from the time she learned to point to things in the closet. Needless to say, it proved interesting at times. Now her daughter is doing it to her and I love it!

Zen Ventures said...

Hi! your blog title definitely got my attention. I'm Like tonggu mama? This sounds interesting.I better go check-so I did and I'm glad I did! Your little 4 yo tongginator (really nice tone to it) is so much like my 4 yo. She has her own taste on clothing and shoes and will never ever let me choose what she wears for the day, otherwise it will be WWIII or IV! Let me also tell you that I so Love your blog header! so cool!!!
Anyway, thought I'd pass by and say hello or ni hao!?

Growin' with it! said...

ya know, i thought i had it easy having 2 boys. but my youngest has an infatuation that colors MUST match. i fear i have created my own monster!

Soliloquy said...

She's got a little European flair goin' on!!!

Ever noticed that nothing the Europeans wear ever matches, yet they always look hip and stylish?

So just get yourself a funky hairdo - and then wear mismatched clothes. You'll start a trend!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

At least she has everything in the right place.....you remember the post with Sarah's bloomers on her head????

Your girl has got real style!

Lisa

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Hey prints and strips... you can't go wrong with a cute girls taste... hehehe... I am stuck in a fashion warp.... t-shirts and jeans/capris and crocs... hehehe... and I don't even have a child yet... hahaha...

kia (good enough mama) said...

Um, seeing as how my Little Man is usually partially, if not completely, naked (if we're at home), I'd say that his wardrobe leans toward the interesting... Picture a dinosaur Halloween costume with nothing under it. Or how about a sparring mask and gloves (that Hubby used a decade ago during some Martial arts training), also with nothing else on. Or a ski jacket and toque, with nothing else. Are you seeing the trend yet? ;)

I think it looks like the Tongginator has a great, fashion-forward sense of style. We could all learn a thing or two from her...

Kathryn said...

I still dress my son, he hasn't developed a strong opinion about what he wears yet and I seem to be doing ok.
Don't have a little girl yet so no picking out girly clothes yet. I think that is sweet when kids pick there own things and they love it but it obviously doesn't match, so what it shows there little independent personalities and that is toooooo cute!!!
As for shoes you must check out Zappos.com, they have an incredibly large selection and a great free shipping policy for returns and deliveries.

Janet said...

Tee hee. IF my kids decide to wear clothing (sometimes it's a bit nudist colony around here...), then they wear the oldest, raggiest things they can find. You would think they are street children. I make them change when we go out in public....:-)

Alyson & Ford said...

I dressed so poorly that someone suggested I watch "What Not to Wear" on TLC. I have for three years now and have some "style" now (well, more than I had before watching). It's a great show and I believe has good intentions.

Our "grands" dress mostly from Target.... very reasonable and cute. Of course, I still like a bargain at garage sales and Goodwill (yep, old habits die hard!).

Alyson
DOR 08/12/08

Doug and Terrye said...

My Grace's favorite outfit is simply a pair of white underpants while she watches Jungle Book II!! Just be glad she covers up :)

Terrye in FL

Kim said...

Yesterday when we went on a bike ride my 7 year old son chose a red shirt, blue floral swimtrunks, striped = orange baby blue and dark blue socks with grey shoes...now that was quite a mix!

discombobulated said...

Piglet needs to be on the tots version of What Not to Wear.

discombobulated said...

Piglet needs to be on the tots version of What Not to Wear.

CC said...

I really seriously love those shoes. Does that tell you anything about me????