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Outfit in Progress

February 20, 2012

Pippi loves to dress herself. She loves it so much, in fact, that she doesn’t restrict herself to once a day. On average, she probably goes through three to four changes each day, including the pajamas at the end. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

In case you’re wondering, the answer is no — I don’t wash everything she wears every day. If I did, I’d have to do a load of pink/purple clothes nearly every other day. And I just don’t enjoy doing laundry that much.

It’s actually kind of interesting to watch how her outfit evolves through the day. Sometimes she just starts fresh with each change — play clothes to dance leotard to dress-up fanciness. But other times, it’s more of a layering lottery. Here’s how it happens…

Outfit Stage 1

This is how she started the day: “Look Mommy, I made a patterin!” That means, pink (shoes), white (leggings), pink (dress), white (sweater), pink (collar), white (in her eyes), pink (headband), white (button on the headband). She was so proud.

Outfit Stage 2

In the early afternoon, she took off the sweater and dress, but added a long-sleeved shirt. And a “Cars” tattoo on her face. When I told her that she couldn’t wear white leggings with a shirt that didn’t cover her bottom (because not everyone needs to see her Fancy Nancy unders), then she added the skirt. The sweater (a different one from the morning, of course) completed the look when we headed out to play.

Outfit Stage 3

After playing at a friend’s house for the afternoon, we came home to get Junius ready for basketball practice. I suppose Pippi decided that she needed to change clothes again because her brother had to change his clothes. So she traded the skirt for the dress from the morning, kept the long-sleeved shirt and leggings underneath and replaced her boots with her running shoes. You know, because it’s basketball practice — and she wants to be ready to jump in off the bench, if called.

The main problem after all of that wardrobe adjusting? It’s not the laundry — it’s the piles of clothes all over the floor in her room. Guess she still thinks she should have a ladies’ maid like they do at Downton.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. grandpa permalink
    February 20, 2012 9:08 pm

    I think she is definitely in the Mardi Gras mode with the BEADS. She should be on the KINGS float as the honorary Queen. She has it ALL together for sure.

  2. February 22, 2012 10:50 pm

    My girls do this, too. They are four; they are fashion flip. That morning outfit will just never do for lunch. Here are snow boots and a bikini top, layered under a sparkly sweater. Yup. That’ll do it.

    • February 28, 2012 9:33 pm

      Oooh — would love to post a photo of the snow boots/swimsuit/sweater combo. Let me know if you’d like a guest feature 🙂

  3. February 28, 2012 8:33 pm

    We are so opposite in this house right now. Sophia is just now exiting the stage of wearing one of two dresses every single day. Her wardrobe has expanded to about 6 dresses. Yesterday she branched out into tights! Yahoo!

    However, Miss S is a HUGE Fancy Nancy fan and a lover of accessories, so I see Pippi’s stage of fashion not too far away in this house!

    • February 28, 2012 9:34 pm

      Pippi didn’t really start doing this until she was 3. Am expecting the phase to last for the next 15 years.

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