A Sense of Style?

By | February 16, 2011

Last week, I read a post by Claire at Being A Mummy titled The Power of Clothes where she writes about letting children choose their own clothes and how we associate clothes with different events.

This made me think about the clothes that C wears as she seems to have a wide range of styles in her wardrobe.  I have written about clothes before and stated that I don’t ‘do’ girlie pink outfits but other than that, C wears pretty much anything.

Today she can be found in a Sophie4Sophie dress, with a long sleeved vest and tights underneath.  It’s quite a girlie pattern today (not pink though!) although her other *cough* four S4S dresses aren’t all girlie.

Yesterday she wore red, blue and white striped leggings with a navy blue tunic.  In the past week she’s worn dresses, skirts, leggings, jeans, dungarees, shorts with tights under; there’s just no pattern.

The only thing I can say about the style is that, mostly, it’s individual.  We went to a fancy dress party a few weeks ago and almost all the little girls had pale pink fairy princess type dresses on.  C wore a red tutu, bright multi-stripe types and ankle boots.

People quite often comment on what she’s wearing but I’ve only ever had people say nice things about her outfits, to my face anyway! 

I hope that as C gets older she’ll still want to dress in as wide a range of styles as she does today but I’m fully aware she may start nursery and demand to wear pink every day (although I hope not!)

How do you instill a sense of individuality into children or will they always end up following the crowd as they get older anyway?

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Merry on February 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm.

My 4 girls went through the same set of clothes as small girls, because they were in close succession and I bought stuff that lasted and passed it down. Despite that (and omg, pink was impossible to escape during that period) they have all developed very particular styles – and all very different to my tastes and each other. So I’m tempted to say that personality, given the chance, will simply out itself, regardless of whatever we do.
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Emma on February 17, 2011 at 8:20 am.

Thanks for replying. That’s really interesting that all 4 of your girls have different styles despite obviously being brought up wearing the same things.

I do wonder what things C will like to wear when she gets older; based on what she likes now probably anything stripey!

Geeky Mummy on February 17, 2011 at 6:49 am.

Geeky Daughter is 6 and for almost two years now she is quite insistent on what she will wear. She prefers skirts or dresses, though if it is cold or we are going to do something rough and tumble I make her wear trousers underneath.

She used to insist on bright pretty colours, but I have noticed a pair of black leggings with a tiny bit of pink now meets that criteria.

Her latest thing though is to insist on wearing odd socks.

I am very unfashion conscious, I stick to styles that suit. I am quite certain that she will too, as we are quite similar, she loves to be unique – having ASD is probably a mitigating factor.

The best way to ensure your child does or doesn’t do something is to force them. Let them wear what they want is my motto, within reason. So the clothes clash or don’t match, so long as they are decent and fit for purpose, let them have fun with clothes whilst they are young enough to get away with it.

Emma on February 17, 2011 at 8:23 am.

C isn’t really interested in what she wears yet, although she does love her stripey tights! When she starts taking more of an interest I’ll definitely let her have a say in her outfits, within reason obviously.

It’s nice that your daughter has views on her outfits. Odd socks are very cool 😉