This is Shorty #1. She is a Fashionista in Training. As a baby I always liked to dress her like a mini-hipster. Skinny jeans, converse, t-shirts and hoodies. She rocked the look very well and happily. Until one day, she found a dress in her closet and put it on. From that day forward she dressed herself, “Mom, I need to wear something beeeeeyooteeeful.” My little hipster became a true girlie-girl!
Who was I to intervene? I like that Shorty #1 is self-styled. Who cares if her version of matching is to wear all stripes (striped dress, striped leggings, striped socks, striped hat). The fact that the stripes are all varying non-matching colours doesn’t bother her in the least.
Now shopping for her is tricky. I can’t buy any pants at all – she won’t wear them. She has a couple pairs of leggings she’ll wear to gymnastics or when riding her bike – but they are always accessorized with a skirt over top. The dresses need to have a very specific look – as a rule they should twirl well. Its summer camp season now and she wouldn’t be caught dead in shorts and a t-shirt, not a chance. Always a dress or skirt and if its the latter the top better be interesting – sparkly or something!
Speaking of accessories, they are not lost on her. She loves hair bands – ESPECIALLY bows. Can’t get enough of them. Every morning we play the hairstyle game: “Mom, I need a pony. No a braid. No two braids. No, wait – a braid AND a pony.” Sure! Why not??
Lately, she’s taken to giving me fashion advice:
#1: “You’re wearing that?”
Me: “Sure, why not?”
#1: “You would look better in a dress.”
She and I went shopping recently to check out the annual Holt Renfrew sale. (She brought her rolling backpack full of Barbies just in case we needed them.) In the shoe department we disagreed slightly on what I should try on. I found these:
She didn’t really like them very much. So she went and found me these Miu Mius:
Disclaimer: In no way did I coach Miss Thing in taking these photos. Her facial expressions are entirely her own. As is her styling – Note: satin bow, poplin dress and pull-y backpack full of Barbies.
I’m cool with Shorty #1 expressing her creativity this way. How can I not be? She’s kicking my ass with fashion sense!