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.
The “I Dressed Myself” phenomenon is more of a girl issue at our house — Pippi insists on it and her outfits are often hilarious. But she’s not the only one here who likes to get dressed on her own.
Junius doesn’t have quite the same fashion flair as his little sister, but he does still have strong preferences about his clothes. When he was a toddler, he didn’t care so much. But now that he’s 6, he’d rather wear anything red or anything Hurricanes hockey pretty much every day.
But of course, I’d rather that he wear something else — usually a collared shirt, at least, for school.
So based on that “rule,” this outfit is emblematic of what he often selects for himself:
In theory, he has all the right and seasonally appropriate items: long pants, long-sleeved shirt, polo layered on top. But in practice, I’m not sure the striped track pants and quite what I would have put with the striped polo. And that red sleeve under the green shirt is a little Christmas-y for January.
So, all you Boy Mamas out there — don’t think you’re being left out here. Let me know if your son has a winning outfit that you’d like to share here.
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You might think that the I-dressed-myself approach to fashion only applies to day-wear. But you’d be wrong.
Selecting your own pajamas can be just as exciting as getting dressed for school.
That’s a combination of a too-big floral top from the hand-me-down bin mixed with the monkey bottoms from her spring pajama set. Oh, and of course, a toy pressed onto her face like a Rudolph nose — ’tis the season, after all.
Many of Pippi’s best outfits aren’t really intended to be her going-out clothes for the day. They’re more of the playing-pretend category, which allows her to be dramatic in both fashion and action.
Last week’s dancing outfit was no exception.
Here you can see the evolution of the costume, beginning in the center image and spiraling up and around to the bottom right. She started with a fancy dress from our hand-me-down bin (velvet, satin and shimmer) mixed with a red superhero cape, her mismatched footless tights (they actually came with one striped leg and one polka dot leg) and Tinkerbell socks.
Later in the performance, she lost the cape, hiked up the tights and added one of each of her favorite shoes — silver sparkles and black patent leather. Because, really, why should a girl be forced to choose between two pairs of shoes.
As is often the case, there’s nothing wrong with any of the individual pieces that Pippi picked out for this favorite outfit from the summer. And in a strange way, there’s a lot of matching going on.
Maybe too much matching.
In case you lose some of the details here, she’s wearing:
- tiered ruffles strappy cotton shirt in three shades of pink
- tiered ruffles corduroy skirt in three (different) shades of pink
- pink and purple penguin socks
- white and purple velcro running shoes
- red rain coat with white dots and a red poppy lining