When I was raising my daughters, I don’t remember a lot of resistance to wearing clothes that either I picked out or that matched (and what I picked out usually did). They were easy to get along with when it came to dressing them for the most part. When I nannied Cooper, there was a little more resistance to matching colors and coordinating patterns, but we got along in general. There were some days, though, when I had to override his clothing choices to get him out of the house for some outing or appointment. And I remember feeling guilty that I was tampering with his independence or interfering with his God-given right to mix plaids with stripes. After all, a person’s style choices say a lot about them, no matter their age.
I saw my own grandchildren at various times dressed in unusual combinations, and my daughter would be as chill with it all as could be. Clearly, she appreciated the value of letting the little ones showcase part of who they were through their unique style. As someone who typically goes for gaudy colors and tee shirts that say much about my personal taste and choices, I can really get behind her attitude. Let them demonstrate their personalities in this very personal and showy way. I decided GG Sprinkles should devote an episode to this very idea and have a little fun with it.
I costumed for an awful lot of my units in sophomore English, and I have a closet full of very eclectic outfits: a medieval gown (two, actually) for King Arthur, a toga or two for Caesar, princess gowns, capes, etc. I have a Mardi Gras gown that I used to wear with a belt I made that says ‘For the love of God, Montresor’ from a Poe story that’s set during the Carnivale. I chose that one to wear for the episode. Why not, right? Then I grabbed some of my tee shirts with bands and sayings that I identify with. I grabbed a pair of Sleeping Beauty socks (my favorite princess) to show that you can make a statement about yourself even with your socks. There were other items, but the point is that our style choices are independent and important to us. So enjoy exploring style with the youngest of us. Their sense of style is every bit as important to them and as telling as ours is.