dress ~ H&M
shoes, belt, jacket ~ thrifted
tights ~ Target
necklace, bracelet ~ vintage, thrifted
earrings ~ Forever 21
i was not a fashionable child growing up. as a young child, i rarely thought about what i was wearing. my first memory of caring was in fourth grade when i asked my mom to make me a plum colored corduroy vest and knickers. yes, knickers. and let me tell you, it was a fashion disaster...a story for another blog post perhaps.
anyhow, i was not fashionable, and i turned out just fine. but i have to say, i love that my daughter is turning out to be ultra-fashionable. and not because i am vain and want my daughter to be the prettiest, best dressed girl in the room. trust me, i don't...i want my daughter to have her fair share of losing and teasing (safely, of course) because that also makes us stronger. but i digress...i want my daughter to be fashionable for many reasons.
~ being fashionable, in my eyes, means you are creative. eva has been picking out her own outfits since she was able to dress herself, and as long as she is weather (and otherwise) appropriate, i don't ever make her change. she is the queen of pattern mixing and color blocking, right down to her mismatched socks.
~ i want eva to be able to express herself freely, in as many ways as possible. i believe how you dress can definitely be artistic expression.
~ i want her to be confident in her choices. there are some days that people make fun of her for her sartorial choices, and there are far more days that people compliment her. the bad days teach her to accept that you can't please everyone, and the good days are just plain nice. either way, i am trying to teach her to please herself when it comes to dressing, and no one else.
~ if my plan works, maybe i won't have to deal with my daughter begging us to buy her a $200 pair of jeans. maybe, but i doubt it.
~ i want eva to learn to reuse and recycle. right now, because she is only 7, she doesn't mind thrift shopping, and in fact loves to browse racks with me and pick out fun outfits. i hope this lasts as she gets older, but please refer to the aforementioned $200 pair of jeans.
who knows, maybe 20 years from now, eva's name will be in lights during new york fashion week. maybe she'll be a super cool blogger. maybe she'll be a smart and confident business woman. and maybe she'll be a super cool mom who lets her kids dress themselves. either way, i'd like to think she learned a little something from being fashionable. it's not just about vanity.