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Fairly Odd Mother

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Dress Up

When my first daughter was born, several people said to me, with great excitement in their voices, "It is so much fun to dress a girl!"

What they meant is that it is so much fun to dress UP a girl, seeing as how many little ruffled panties, hair ribbons, stick-on bows and glossy black shoes we received.

I never found this 'dressing up' all that much fun, though. Trying to wrangle a 6 month old's squirmy legs into thin nylons takes more coordination than I have. And despite both my girls' lack of hair until the age of 2, I never would consider those 'garter belt' or taped-on bows. For my daughters and my son, I preferred soft cotton sleepers, pants and pullover tops over anything too fussy.

Belly, my oldest, has had her share of clothing quirks, but nothing too unusual: she prefers simple tops and pants, or cotton dresses and striped tights; she has dressed herself for well over a year and usually looks just fine for the average five year old.

Jilly, on the other hand, has been a bit more challenging in this department. For the longest time, socks were verboten. Tights were disliked as well, so her many cotton dresses were paired with soft, elastic waist pants. Clothing is chosen mostly for its comfort factor with no consideration for color, pattern or seasonality. However, given that she is willing to do dress herself with very little help from me, I happily give her this opportunity to express herself.

Lately, though, her outfits have been getting a little odder than normal. It seems that she is taking "fall" quite literally as the bridge between summer and winter and pulling out clothes from both seasons. Check out this little number:

Or, this:

Note the long AND short sleeved tops, the pants AND shorts. Well, I guess she's ready for all kinds of weather.

For our little man, D, no real issues. . yet. . .after all, I do still dress him. However, he does have a peculiar fascination with footwear, so stay tuned on what happens when he starts to dress himself.



Blogger marinamode said...

Hi. Your blog is great ! I leave in France and I love fashion. If you enjoy shoes, take a look on my shoes
Marina (from France)

4:29 PM  
Anonymous the Sistah said...

Oh, Jilly. The layered look is in, but that's way too much laundry for Mommy!

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Shar133 said...

When I first met Brad, he dressed a lot like Jilly - white turtle neck with an aqua and white short sleeved shirt over it, and white pants. How could I not love a man in an outfit like that. Take comfort that he's a much better dresser now. I consider it a phase - much like Jilly only she's ahead of the game by about 17 years......

PS tell your husband that Keds really ARE cool! We'll at least in Florida amongst my geriatric friends......

10:00 PM  
Anonymous rachel said...

love it! We have some, um, unique dressing creations here, too.

I wrote about it recently as well. It's fun watching them find their own fashion sense.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

I see a RISD student in your future!

7:32 PM  
Blogger Reff said...

What you can't see in the picture is she has half a purple bandaid on her cheek. It's the next thing in Milan.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Well this does seem to be a theme with Jilly. The layers, lots of layers. At least she's a string bean and looks great, even with her various patterns.

Oh and I am oh so familiar with the "fun" of dressing girls. Yep, there is no fun in getting a 2 year old into tights, and well the 5 year old, you can't even beg mine to put them on. Nope, she only wants Nylons....

Oh, and it could be worse, you could have a streaker on your hands!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

LOL about the bandaid! I'd forgotten about that stupid thing! She treated it like a pet that had come to live on her cheek.

And, yes, maybe a RISD student---we're headed to their museum in January and I'm almost afraid for her to see the students b/c she'll get too many ideas. If she does major in art, I'm afraid it'll be 'body art' given her tendency to draw on her skin with anything: pen, paint, Sharpie. In case you are wondering, Sharpie does eventually come off the skin.

8:08 AM  

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