“How influential are you in helping your child develop a unique personal style?” – Stacy
Even at a very young age, my children responded to certain types of clothing more than others.
My oldest son (6) is very detail-oriented. He likes to look good and appreciates the style he gets from a fresh polo shirt, or the polish he feels when he puts on a clean tee and a button down. He doesn’t care so much, at least not now anyway, about brand names or where the clothes come from . . . as long as they are unique and special, and come together into outfits only he could create.
My youngest son (3) is the total opposite. He dresses purely for comfort and would prefer if all clothing were made of fleece, knit, or jersey. Really. To him pants should never have buttons and sleeves should never be long. (Thank goodness we live in Texas!)
My daughter (5) does style in a very different way. She responds to color and pattern, choosing her clothing and outfits based on her mood and what makes her happy. Her current favorite combo is a chevron tunic, a camo top, and an old knit belt she wraps haphazardly around her neck (making her look like a modern-day Amelia Earhart–I love it!). I am fascinated with how she feels her way through life and constantly surprised by how this quiet girl finds ways to express herself proud and loud through art and fashion.
Watching them grow in to their own unique styles has even helped me define my style as a mom. They’ve all had a hand in teaching me the most important style lesson of all–dress in what makes you feel good and you will always look fabulous!
My daughter has mastered her closet, but I thought it would be fun to do a little designing with her and she where all that love of color and pattern could take us.
She put her thinking cap on and we got to work using Melissa & Doug’s Fashion Design Activity Kit.
She didn’t let me down!
We cut some plain paper in half and grabbed a box of colored pencils, and the ideas just kept coming.
Stacy Teet is the military mom–turned-supermom behind KidsStuffWorld. Her writing is chock-full of tips for enjoying parenthood, saving money, entertaining your kids and making your family’s life a bit simpler. Check out her website, KidsStuffWorld.com, or follow her on Pinterest, Twitter or the KSW Facebook page.