It’s a girl! And she has opinions!
When I was pregnant with my first and only child my husband and I decided we didn’t want to know ahead of time if we were having a boy or a girl. We believe there are few surprises in life and we were going to have this one, really big surprise. Somewhere along the way my husband became convinced we were having a boy. For no solid reason. So when the big day came and we welcomed our little one into the world he actually looked at the doctor with complete disbelief when she announced “It’s a girl!”. He was sure she made a mistake, or was joking. She was not. We did indeed have a little girl. And I could not wait to dress her up. And I did. In all things adorable. Until she started having opinions. She made it very clear, very early on that she had her own sense of style, I quickly learned that resistance was futile.
I am 100% in favour of letting my daughter choosing what she wants to wear. I have a few simple rules of course. The clothing has to be weather appropriate. It has to be activity appropriate (no heels at the playground). Actually I guess I only have two simple rules. And beyond those Molly is free to dress as she sees fit. Yes, there are days I look at her outfit and cringe. But there are also days where she pulls an outfit together that I never would have believed would work but it does. I like to think I have a pretty solid sense of style but she is far, far braver than I am and more often than not (especially as she gets older) those risks pay off.
There are a lot of benefits to letting your kids pick out their own outfits. It is a great tool for helping them build independence. And it can be a huge confidence builder as well. That look of satisfaction and pride on Molly’s face when she comes downstairs to show off her outfit for the day speaks louder to me then that little voice saying “what will people think?” Let them think what they want. Look at that kid. She’s beaming. So all this independence and letting her develop her own style is great. With one small drawback. Her fashion whims change, frequently. One week she loves pink, then it’s purple, currently it’s blue. Stripes were cool. Now they aren’t. She once went an entire month dressed only in Spiderman clothing. Keeping up with her changing style can be challenging. I use to be able to pick her up pieces that I knew she would love when I was out and about shopping or saw something online. But now I know better. My best bet is to let her pick out her own clothing and accessories. And, thankfully, even though our thoughts on fashion are completely different we do agree on wear to shop.
Joe Fresh has always been one of my favorite places to shop for my daughter’s clothing, back in the days when I got to dress her, and now that she has pretty free range on her clothing choices, she loves it too. What’s not to love? The selection is always fantastic. The quality is solid – and believe me my active seven year old puts it to the test. And the prices don’t make me cringe. It is the perfect trifecta – style, quality and price. And Molly loves it when I take her Joe Fresh shopping!
It’s back to school season. I managed to pick up a few things before school started but when we weren’t working we spent all of our free time out at our seasonal campsite this summer so we still had some back to school shopping to do heading into the second week of school. So this past weekend we headed out to pick up a few more outfits for my little fashionista.
Molly is currently in love with animal prints. So she was thrilled about all the options we found. Did you know that cheetah print and leopard print are two completely different things? I mean I know they are different cats but I never applied that knowledge to clothing. Molly has. Apparently the distinction is important.
As much as her style changes, I’m not sure Molly will ever outgrow her love of glitter. And I don’t blame her. I mean look at these shoes. Glitterific!
This shirt was a MUST HAVE for Molly. Sequins, hearts and blue – it hit all the high points for her. You want to bet she’s going to pair this with something leopard? Or cheetah? I’m sure she knows which cat goes better with blue sequins.
The right accessories are essential to any outfit and right now, for this stylish kid, chokers are where it’s at. Personally I’m glad they are back in style because I’ve always been a huge fan.
Fitness fashion is a current favorite of Molly’s too. She’s gearing up to start hip hop class this week and is all about getting ready for that. She’s practicing her dance moves, doing Pilates (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree) and is constantly doing stretching routines. And yes I do look at her with envy wishing I was even half as flexible still as she is!
We had a great afternoon of shopping (and bonus I was able to pick up a few groceries at the same time). And Molly was anxious to get home and put together some fun new looks with the clothing we picked up.
See I called it! The blue heart sequin shirt had to be paired with animal print! The pigtails with pompom barrettes was a twist I didn’t see coming but she makes it work.
I love, love, love everything about this pretty sweater. The colors, the print, the details on the hem and sleeves. It’s just so cute! And to be honest she threw me for a loop when she picked this one out. It’s a little more “girly” than her current taste. But she quite liked it paired with some black footless tights. Oh and the shoes. I must show you the shoes she has on with this.
The old “sweater tied around your waist” is another current favorite style she has going on.
We both love the back of this cropped wrap workout tee. I think it will look great layered with a simple white tank underneath and a pair of jeans for school when she’s not working out.
I think Molly is all outfitted for back to school now! She picked out some great pieces that she can mix and match to her heart’s content. Lots of leggings and layering options perfect for fall and beyond. I know we showcased a lot of girl’s pieces here but the boys clothing at Joe Fresh is equally impressive. And the baby clothing, so cute! It almost makes me want to try for another “surprise.” Ok, that’s a stretch. Maybe I’ll just go shopping instead. My wardrobe could use a fall refresh too. And I know just where to shop. Maybe my little fashionista can give me some style advice and make me step out of my fashion comfort zone a little. The question is – leopard or cheetah?
Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Joe Fresh and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.
PS – if you happen to be or around Toronto be sure to RSVP for Joe Fresh and YMCA Kid Free shopping night and the Queen + Portland location! It’s taking place September 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Not sure you can make it? RSVP anyways to receive your very own discount code so you can shop from home! Check out the details here.