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What Your Child’s Outfit Says About You

455592259I think we all need to come clean about this whole children’s fashion thing. The only reason we spend more than three dollars on any of our kid’s outfits is because we want other people to think a certain way about our parenting. Our kids are tiny little reflections of ourselves, our hopes and dreams and aspirations for them. This is exactly why we don’t demand that they all be clothed in bleach-able little utilitarian jumpsuits that resist stains, holes and demands for new toys. Here’s the message that you are trying to convey about your own parenting by what you dress your kids in:

Dolce And Gabbana Mediterranean Smocked-Waist Dress 

(Image: Neiman Marcus)

(Image: Neiman Marcus)

My second cousin thinks she is going to ask her best friend from college to have HER daughter be the flower girl at her upcoming wedding to that investment banker she met while doing shots at Trader Vic’s? Hell to the no. I will show her by dressing my own little Tabitha in this 605 dollar frock that will make whatever rags the flower girl wears make her look like the Little Matchgirl. Plus, there is no way in hell I’m buying that 300 dollar serving tray she has on her registry from Crate And Barrel.

 Totally Coordinated Gymboree Ensemble Including Matching Panties, Hair Bows And Cell-Phone Cover 

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I’m married to a dry cleaner, plus I refuse to ever let my child grow up, ever. There is nothing wrong with letting your kid live at home while they attend college. Plus, why don’t they make this in adult sizes?

 Tea Collection 100 Percent  Cotton Play Outfit 

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I’m going to get so baked between the time I pick up Ryder from his hemp-necklace weaving class and our Mommy And Me yoga session. I live in Colorado and when I’m not snowboarding I am totally cooking something delicious with kale. Would you like to do some tribal drumming?

Band T-Shirt Of A Band Your Kid Has Never Listened To 

(mage: sugar bullets)

(mage: sugar bullets)

I once saw Black Flag play back in 1984. I’m also terrified I’m losing my hair. I’m a total hands-on dad, because my own father was an asshole. I love how my son is already expressing an interest in my vintage comic book collection, as long as he doesn’t get the pages all sticky. Wait.. I’m gonna put all this on Tumblr.

Justice Shiny Holograph Leggings 

(Image: Justice)

(Image: Justice)

 J Crew Schoolboy Blazer In Tipped Flannel 

(Image: J Crew)

(Image: J Crew)

Baby Mandarin classes are totally worth it because I need my daughter in the right preschool. I’m so happy I had a girl so I have someone to hand down my Birkin bag to.

Hand Me Down’s

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(Image: getty images)

Well, we were going to stop after baby number three…

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  • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

    Oh, Justice.

  • Emily

    For hand-me-downs, I would suggest, “I have friends with slightly older kids and pretty good taste in clothes. I will also be paying for my kids’ college education in cash with the money I socked away.” ;-)

    • Looby

      half my babys clothes say – I know the baby STILL has no hair and is in a fire engine onesie/monster truck rompers becasue everyone we know had boys
      The other half are me over compensating for this at the thrift store with REALLY cute dresses

    • Natasha B

      Our Goodwill always has awesome baby dresses!

    • Bethany Ramos

      Hand-me-downs: we had our kids too close together to give a shit.

    • KaeTay

      hand-me-downs aren’t bad. I got them for my daughter.. when your kid is constantly growing there’s no reason to spend 6+ dollars an outfit when they may only fit for a couple weeks or so. Plus I grew up getting hand-me-downs it’s nothing to be ashamed of and didn’t say that my parents didn’t care about me. There’s better things to spend money on then brand new clothes that I was just going to ruin in a week anyway.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Yes, we bought almost nothing for son #2!

    • zeisel

      I think it matters when they’re older. I buy target on sale clothing, nice but used clothing at garage sales, new clothing- but cheap bids on ebay and consignment toddler clothing. I’m saving the money to splurge on clothing for my daughter when it really matters- High School. I remember how low my self-esteem was to begin with and my mom would never take me clothes shopping, so I would steal t-shirts from my older brother, just so I had more to wear. When she would take me… it would have to be from some awful store from the sale rack and it was horrible designs. I don’t want my daughter to ever have to go through that. When they’re young no one gives a horses ass and the kids don’t tease or shun them. It’s important for girls AND boys to feel good about what they wear and how it fits/looks, because they already have body self-esteem issues on top of what they’re dealing with. Side note, my mom had three closets full of clothes- she is one of the most selfish people I know and never puts herself in others shoes. Yeah, I’m still bitter and won’t put my daughter through that. I even went through a depression with having red hair, being too skinny and freckles to deal with at 14. She knew this and could have shown more love with trying to help in other areas that would ease the puberty transition. Oh dear, I went on a rant…

    • Sara610

      I think hand-me-downs are fine, regardless of age, as long as they’re not worn out. But I wore HMD’s through high school with no problems.
      My husband, though, is the youngest of four, so a lot of the time the HMD’s were way too worn out by the time they’d been through three kids. So his mom clothed him in a lot of stuff found at garage sales and the Salvation Army, even up through high school. He has some pretty harrowing stories of going to school in his classmates’ castoffs, which they would recognize and while people were generally nice about it (this was a town with a lot of poverty, so he was far from the only one) there was always the douchebag rich kid who would be an asshole about it. That’s not something I would want to put my kid through if I could avoid it.

    • Emily

      I have NO qualms about hand-me-downs… Then again, I never, never pay retail. For anything. Just today I got a whole slew of kids clothes in the <$10 sale section at Lands End… I recently sold a worn lands End kids winter coat on eBay for more than I paid for it new… Heck, I have bought a car for less than the trade in price! (Seriously, we thought about flipping it to another dealer.)

      I really do not believe that it takes a whole lot of effort to save some considerable money on kids' clothes, and still have them look great. I generally spend around $100/season for two kids, and have them dressed in Hanna Andersson, mini boden, lands end, etc. I truly do not understand the "I will only buy my kids new clothes" philosophy. If someone wants to explain it, I am happy to listen!

    • Sara610

      Me either. We’re not wealthy, but we live in a pretty well-off area and you can absolutely clean up at the local consignment stores. I went shopping for my 2-year-old the other week, and for $70 I got a haul that included new snowpants, hat and mittens, four pairs of jeans, several sweaters and shirts, and a pair of barely-worn Umi shoes.
      You can also do pretty well in the clearance sales at Old Navy and Gap.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      This. We are SO LUCKY because our downstairs neighbours have a girl 3 years older than ours who is an only child, and they have excellent taste in clothes and are perhaps a wee bit shopaholic-y. We get bags of amazing and barely worn things delivered to our friggin’ door on a regular basis.

    • G.E. Phillips

      Hand me downs: Because we’re the poor relations in an otherwise wealthy family. PS: Do you realize that’s a Crewcuts shirt with the tags on, why are you not selling that to thredup.com? PPS: I would have dressed him in anything you gave us so thanks. PPPS: That’s fine, I’ll totally sell that Crewcuts thing to thredup.com. $4, score!!

    • LiteBrite

      I would’ve loved hand-me-downs because my sister has fantastic (and upscale) tastes, but of course I had the only boy in the family and he still refuses to wear a pink sparkly tutu.

    • Ddaisy

      I always loved hand-me-downs because, as the oldest sister, I never got them from my sisters. I got them from my taller best friend whose mom had way better fashion sense than my mom ;)

    • Sara610

      Or: “I think it’s good for kids to learn that you don’t have to have brand-new brand-name everything in order to look presentable and be a good person” and “if someone is going to judge you for wearing hand-me-downs, that’s really not someone who’s worth knowing in the first place.”

  • CMJ

    Are those wedges real?

    • momjones

      You would NOT have had a pair (though I like the rest of the outfit).

  • Kay_Sue

    Hand-me-downs all the way.

    Also, Justice is bad for me. I love shopping there with my stepdaughters….I love it a little too much, probably…

    • pixie

      I went into Justice for the first time in December with my mom to get a gift card for my 11 year old girl cousin-thing. I’m slightly jealous it didn’t exist when I was a tween.

      And then I realized that I can probably fit into a good deal of their clothes.

    • Kay_Sue

      I know. I think it’s fun. The youngest got this awesome pink glittery fedora, and I wish it were big enough my noggin….

    • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

      I will own the fact that I have a couple of shirts from five below. Sometimes kid’s clothes are awesome. Like my spiderman light up sneakers.

    • Kay_Sue

      I have a few outfits from the kids section that I can rock, so I don’t blame you in the slightest.

    • Natasha B

      I am ridiculously jealous that you guys can rock stuff from the kids section. My cup size makes any t shirt not made for women look pornographic, and the graphic is stretched beyond any recognition. Also tall, with big feet. :/

    • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

      Listen, I didn’t say that I didn’t look like a huge slutty slut with kid’s shirts on. Because I do. Fortunately the cheerful lights from my awesome spiderman shoes distract me and keep me from caring.

    • pixie

      I have that problem with kids t-shirts, but with stretchy material it’s not so bad. It also helps that I have small ribs/waist and some of the larger kids’ sizes are made for larger children.

    • Kay_Sue

      I am jealous of your cup size. So there! ;)

    • Natasha B

      Aw,thanks :) as my B cup sister frequently reminds me, when we are old hers will be nice and perky, while I will have an ‘old lady saggy bosom’
      I shall enjoy them while I am young.

    • Natasha B

      I dunno, I just can’t make myself go in there :( my 9yo is dying for Justice clothes, but the $ they charge for the crappy quality kills me. I’m all ‘I’ll take you to Nordstroms! Boden! Anything but there, pleaaaaaseeee don’t maaaaake me!’

    • Kay_Sue

      I watch for their sales. Once they had a buy one dress, get the other free. The dress was forty bucks, but getting two of them meant it was twenty, so I could justify it to myself. Other than that, it’s a splurge…the rest of the time they get hand me downs and thrift finds, so it’s nice to treat them every once in a while.

      I really enjoyed when we had one location going out of business here in town (two justices less than a mile apart did not do well), because we scooped up some great deals. ;)

    • Natasha B

      I’m all for a great deal! I’ve only been in there a few times, but it was loud and hot and stuffy and I was all F this.

    • Kay_Sue

      I definitely hear that.

    • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

      Justice is a tween hellscape, drawing innocents in and consuming them with double knit polyester and sparkling kitten motifs.

    • Kay_Sue

      Hey you! Leave my sparkling kitten motifs alone! :-P

    • http://www.gamedevwidow.weebly.com/ Theresa Edwards

      To be fair, without Justice my kid couldn’t get this for the phone she doesn’t own: http://www.shopjustice.com/girls-clothing/boo-with-flowers-tech-case/7072599/619

    • Kay_Sue

      That is adorable. Kind of makes me wish we’d caved and bought the oldest a cellphone for Christmas…

      Not really, of course, but for a moment there.

  • chickadee

    Confession: I once bought a boy’s dinosaur t-shirt in xl from Gymboree for my teenaged daughter because it was really cool and she loves dinosaurs still. Further confession: I wore it twice.

    Also, I can’t lie–I still go into Gymboree and look at clothes. Don’t have anyone to buy them for, either.

  • Guest

    That doesn’t make any sense at all. My daughter’s clothes say “my Mom is an extreme bargain shopper and buys expensive clothes on clearance so they’ll last forever and so she can’t f*ck it up in the laundry and chooses higher-end clothing because they generally use flat seams inside that won’t irritate my eczema while I’m wearing it. She also buys age-appropriate because she thinks little girls should dress like little girls.” And despite all that, my kid will pick that one shitty gifted dress that irritates and is falling apart and has cheap glittered sequins leaving a trail behind her and if she’s wearing THAT one, it means I’m picking my battles that day and clothing wasn’t one of them. Get over yourself, Judgy.

    • CMJ
    • Blooming_Babies

      Ahahahahahaha! Seriously that’s perfect.

    • Shelly Lloyd

      I love it! My daughter is a huge fan of the original Star Trek and is only now getting into the Next Gen and watching them on Netflix. We just watch that episode a few days ago. I love Data’s half smile in that!.

      I am also so going to steal this gif from you and add it to my merger gif collection.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ilikeswears Dusty

      “extreme bargain shopper and buys expensive clothes on clearance so
      they’ll last forever and so she can’t f*ck it up in the laundry”

      This pretty much sums up *my* wardrobe in one sentence.

  • Natasha B

    Justice. Future strippers.
    Confession: I do shop at J Crew. But because the boys t shirts are awesome, and quality. We mainly stick to baby/kid gap. But never complete matchy outfits? So…I dunno…suburban mom? Yep. That’s me. BUT sometimes I hit up hip European stuff, so we’re like young, edgy suburban mom type. I hope. Maybe.

    • Larkin

      Hahahahaha, my eight-year-old niece LOVES Justice. And that was basically my exact thought the first time she got me to go in one with her.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ilikeswears Dusty

    I’m putting my baby in band t-shirts and you can’t stop me, Eve! She will wear NOFX t-shirts and Converse and striped leggings because I’m 40 and I do what I want! My sister already bought her toddler-sized Doc Martens and the kid isn’t even born yet.

    Do they make shirts that say “This is what a mid-life crisis looks like” because that’s what my kid’s clothes are going to say about me.

  • kay

    My baby’s clothing says “my parents love carters and supporting terrible sports teams”.
    Which I guess means “we shop at Costco. Also we’re either optimists or masochists, you pick!”

    • Natasha B

      There is nothing snugglier than a little baby in a Carter’s sleeper :) or the gowns *swoon*
      Because who can afford Petit Bateau?

    • kay

      When I first got pregnant my husband discovered blanket sleepers existed, and was insistent the child needed carter’s sleepers and ONLY carters sleepers. So snuggly and adorable

    • Kay_Sue

      Carter’s seems to hold up FOREVER. We just passed the last of our footed sleepers onto our neighbor–they made it through both boys and still looked fantastic. Nothing else held up like that.

    • DeliciousIroning

      I’m sitting here nursing a baby who’s wearing a Carter’s sleeper that has seen no less than 3 children before him. This poor kid has never had his own clothes because baby stuff never wears out!

    • Kay_Sue

      Having your own clothes is overrated when clothes cost money. I am pretty sure I read that in the handbook?

    • ted3553

      most of the clothes my son has worn are from Carter’s. They last, they fit him well and they’re reasonably priced

  • LadyClodia

    OK most of my boys’ clothing is from Carter’s and Old Navy, but the rest of it says “my mama bought these at a department store in Europe, and she’s secretly smug about no one here having them.”

    • Natasha B

      So jealous. I scourge the internets for clothes from Europe. For my special little snowflakes ;)

    • LadyClodia

      Usually my husband’s family sends them, or we pick some up when we go to visit. I have a terrible time with the sizing though, heh. If I don’t even know how tall they are in in./ft. there is no way I’d know how tall they are in cm.

    • Natasha B

      Ha! I totally had to google the whole ‘conversion chart’ and guess last time I ordered something.

  • Cee

    If I had a kid, I’d do Game of Thrones, Adventuretime, MLP, other nerdy and old band t shirts, tutus and Toms

    What that says about me: I dress my kid the way I’d dress myself if I could

    • Natasha B

      My 18mo has rocked the tutu+crazy leggings+converse combo more than once :)

    • CW

      Except for the GoT, that describes much of my kids’ wardrobe. Today I’ve got my boy in a Star Wars shirt, my oldest girl in a Marvel Avengers shirt, and my little girl in MLP.

    • Cee

      I want you to adopt me..

    • Kay_Sue

      I was going to say, this is how my kids dress themselves, but I saw you mostly said it anyway.

      Kids dressing themselves: Because wine won’t drink itself in the morning. #NotDoingItAll #TryingToTieInWithAnotherColumn

    • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata

      My kid is going to wear only a diaper and a Baby Finn hat.

    • Cee

      And a Jake teddy bear!

    • Nica

      I’m a buff baby that can dance like a man,
      I can shake-a my fanny, I can shake-a my can! I’m a tough tootin’ baby, I can punch-a your buns!
      Punch-a your buns, I can punch all your buns!
      If you’re an evil witch, I will punch you for fun!

    • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata

      I am definitely teaching it that song.

    • Kay_Sue

      You’d be surprised at the alacrity with which your child would take to such an outfit…

      My seven year old would still rock just his underpants and a hat if he could.

    • pixie

      I’d probably dress my kid the way I’d like to dress myself if I could and call it goth-baby-chic some days and fandom-barfed-all-over-my-kid-chic other days.

  • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

    I’m pretty much forcing my musical taste on my 3-year-old – so far, he’s game. The first concert we took him to was Parliament Funkadelic and the second was Fishbone – both at public parks in Brooklyn. I don’t think i’m above making him rock those t-shirts. hahaha

    • http://www.twitter.com/ilikeswears Dusty

      Hey, if teen girls can wear Misfits tees that they bought at ASOS or F21, my kid can wear any band t-shirt I choose. At least she’ll be dressed by someone who has actually heard the band she’s wearing.

  • LiteBrite

    Where’s the picture of the kid with no pants? And what does that say about his mom?

    I confess though that I will buy my son t-shirts with band names on that he’s never heard of. And yes, I **am** afraid of losing my hair!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      I FORGOT NO PANTS KID

    • Kay_Sue

      You did, and my son would like you to know he is deeply hurt by this oversight. It’s hard enough that society frowns on Nudists without you excluding them too!

  • Rebecca R

    As someone who wore their older brother’s hand-me-downs (including suspenders – I was a hipster way before it was hip), I just want my kids to wear clothes that are gender appropriate, or at the very least, gender neutral.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

    Also, something about the kid who ends up wearing ‘daycare clothes’ home…i.e. “my kid likes getting really messy (it was potty training accidents for a while there but now it’s just that she gets toooo muddy and/or paint-covered) and I’m sort of a moron who can’t remember to replenish her extra clothes supply at daycare”. And the daycare clothes are always the ugliest things ever, with the name of the daycare written in sharpie on them. The other day my kid was wearing polyester pants with the fugliest peach and grey seashell pattern on them. UGH.

    • AsiaN

      I’m a preschool teacher (currently reading and writing this as the kids are napping). Just yesterday I had a kid that had 3 accidents, two of which happened as he stood in the bathroom stall and refused to sit on the toilet. He ended up going home in daycare clothes, which consisted of a highlighter yellow sweatshirt and red fleece pajama pants. They were the only clothes in his size lol

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      I have a vivid memory of a very cold day when I was in grade 4 or 5, our teacher was sick and no sub could be found so they ended up throwing us in together with another class, who happened to be going cross-country skiing that day. Of course, none of us were dressed appropriately, and by the end of the day I was soaked to the bone and near-frost-bitten, so ended up having to wear gross lost-and-found clothes the rest of the day. UGH.

  • MerlePerle

    Most days my daughter’s clothes say that I’ve given up on trying to supress her instinct to dress like deranged circus clown…

  • Steph S

    Looking at my daughter’s outfit: ratty glitter Ariel tee shirt with half the glitter worn off and mismatched striped leggings….I feel it represents who I am pretty well: stressed out working mom who gave up trying a loooong time ago,

  • LJ

    My kids outfits say: Mom wants me to look cute and loves me, but doesn’t want to spend more than 5-10 dollars on something I’m going to chew/pee/poop/get paint (or other unidentifiables) on anyway.

    • LJ

      Yes I know…Im replying to myself BUT I was trying to find a place to be like HEY GUYS! since I used to comment a lot but ive been MIA for awhile. Holidays and Ive been healing from a few broken ribs too and I didnt want to leave Vicodin influenced comments. Anyway….Ive missed it, here!!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      HOW ARE YOU ? we would have loved your Vicodin comments! How did you manage to break ribs?!?!

    • LJ

      I am doing better. I legit, slipped on a video game case, getting up from our dinning room table. I went up in some comical fashion and came down on the edge of the seat with my ribs. Elegance and grace, always. -.- I hope you all are doing well, also. There were a few stories I read that I wanted to rage comment on, but I was like, “Look at your life, Look at your choices”. So,I just tried to keep it intermittent and mostly up votes. ;)

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      awww welcome back!

    • Bethany Ramos

      We missed you!!

    • AnastasiaMcNally

      I struggle with this so much! Our baby is growing so fast she is in a size for maybe 10 weeks at a time and all the cutest stuff is so expensive!

    • LJ

      Target and Thrift shops! I do understand that I am luckier than other places. (I’m in the NW) and we have THRIFT SHOPS like you wouldnt believe. So my daughter has some really great things but, I have the time(ish) to look for deals. But Target has 5 dollar shirts and pants. She looks cute but if she gets, whatever on it, I dont care.

    • AnastasiaMcNally

      We live in Australia so I have only been dressing her in a nappy because its 40+ degrees out! I think that’s about 104f… We only have 2 thrift stores in our town but my granny brings cute stuff from secondhand stores wherever she goes and last week at target all their baby stuff was right down so I got some onesies for winter in a few sizes up! 3 for $10 so I can’t really complain.

    • LJ

      I dont know how im supposed to respond with “We live in Australia”. 1) Im sorry I assumed you were in the US. 2) JEEEEEEALOUS! (our friends just moved to NZ). If you are ever in the NW region of the United States though….thrift shops…you’ll be tripping on all the ones we have. It is “cool”, so I hear from the mustachey, beardy, hipsters around these parts. ;)

    • AnastasiaMcNally

      Well I mean hipsters always know what’s up! Don’t be jealous it’s seriously boiling ughhhh

    • Crushlily

      I’m also in Australia – and yes it’s revoltingly hot – and I find Target here to be on the small side for baby clothes. Granted my kid is the long and lean type, but adult clothes at Target are quite generously sized, so just keep that in mind. Kids clothes are not cheap here, especially if you expect them to last more than one wash.

      Who knew kids sizing was as arbitrary as women’s clothes?

  • SusannahJoy

    I have to admit, that first dress is super cute. I would totally buy that for my kid if I was insanely rich. Maybe. I’d still feel weird spending that much on a dress for a little kid.

    Also, my kid wears last season’s Carters stuff that I bought on clearance at the NEX. Or sports related stuff. I’m from CA, his dad’s from MA, so it’s a contest between the inlaws to see which state will win.

  • SB

    I dress my 7 month old in tiny baby overalls, fleecy jumpers, and the cutest little t-shirts I can find. We are frequently complimented on her outfits at daycare. I figure what this says about me is simply: Mom is overcompensating for the ponytail and yoga pants.

  • acadrag

    I do my best to dress my three year old in clothes that make him look like either a lumberjack (flannel!) or a little old man (cardigans!). I have no idea what this says about me but it makes me laugh.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      And it sounds adorable!

  • Geogirl

    My oldest son’s main source of clothing has been a mix his cousins’ hand-me-downs and whatever his Grandma wants to buy him for years. I guess that says that I am more than happy to accept free things if it means I don’t have to go shopping.

  • Sam Inoue

    If you saw our kids clothes from one day to another I could be any of these. It all depends on my mood when I dress the baby, what my seven has put together (which is always very fancy) and what my lovely teen has stolen from my closet.

  • Magrat

    I know kids the same age as the one in the Ramones tee that know all of the words to Master of Puppets AND Bohemian Rhapsody. So there’s that.

  • Justme

    If you saw my daughter at 7:25 this morning in her nike gym shirts and under Armour shirt, you would have thought “neglectful mom” because it was 30 degrees outside.

    But five minutes later, a little Love and Logic and one trip out the front door, you would have seen her in Under Armour sweatpants and a target fleece.

    And for the record…why does my not yet three year old have nike and under Armour clothes? Her auntie and daddy are full-time coaches so she gets the good stuff for Christmas. :)

  • Elmo’sfuturemil

    My son is in a stained batman onsie. I think it says “I want your auntie who loves batman to buy you stuff.” Also “We have to be home between 10 and 8 because the plumber may decide to show up today”
    My daughter is in a checkered elmo dress, matching ruffled panties, red tights, pink snow boots, and a diaper. The outfit says “Mommy loves me more and i can actually go to the toilet by myself. Plus elmo is MINE BIATCHES!”: The diaper says the plumber came today and will return tomorrow.

  • Karin

    What about plain Target shirts that were on sale for five bucks each so Mommy bought one in every color?

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      I know. Years of those and my daughter doesn’t want to wear a shirt with “too many colors.” Sadly, I have trained her.

      I was surprised that she also saw those very leggings above at Justice and had Christmas money and kind of liked them, but she wouldn’t spend her special money on clothes.

  • meteor_echo

    In my case (I’m a single kid) hand-me-downs meant “we weren’t in a financially stable situation, but we still went and had that baby, and then we realized that they grow up and need clothes”. I got teased in school for the shit I wore, until I was able to get clothes with my own money.

    Ironically, I buy clothes from thrift stores, because I’m poor, but I look much better in what I wear now. Also, I have a bunch of nerdy tees.

  • ChickenKira

    As per Australia’s current heatwave, my kid is naked.

  • gothicgaelicgirl

    Hand me downs…mainly cos the 10 year old is exactly four inches shorter than I am…she gets all my rocker and gothy clothes and we adjust them to be appropriate for her age eg- a pruple vesty top will have a grey/black modesty panel sewn onto it or I’ll add two or three inches of silver or red material to a black mini skirt that’s not-so-mini for her. =)

    handy for me too cos I don’t have to feel heartbroken about disposing of all my lovely gothy clothes!

    • Jessie

      You know, that is exactly why I’ve held on to all of MY lovely gothy clothes that I can no longer wear for whatever reason (aside from the fact that HOLY MAMA was some of it expensive and no way am I just going to throw it out). I have this hope that someday I may have a daughter, or one of my friends will have a daughter if I don’t, who takes a liking to the clothing and I can pass on my beloved gems to her (altered to be age appropriate, of course). <3

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      it’s brilliant cos it really helps them develop their own style too.
      example- i had a pinstriped mini skirt with red corset lacing down the side.
      we shortened the lacing into bows and added a red satin hem of an extra 6 inches to it.
      she wears it with a black top layered over a red one and her kiddie docs.
      I admit I am VERY lenient with what they wear as Daddy stays out of it after one incident (he found her trying on a minidress and flipped before I could tell him I was turning it into a t-shirt. oops =P)

      but if there is something they are not allowed wear, I will tell them why.
      Like, she cannot wear my old Marilyn Manson or Cradle of filth shirts because they are just not appropriate plus she doesn’t know the music (a cheap excuse but hey, it works)
      It also lets her discover what is and isn’t suitable for a girl her age which is great, I never need to worry about her buying a kiddie leopard print belly top or pvc kiddie bras (looking at you Penneys) because she rolls her eyes at them and goes ICK!

    • Jessie

      Score for the girl! I cringe when I see what they’re selling to little girls these days, some of it is stuff I wouldn’t even wear as an adult. It’s so great that you’re helping her develop her own sense of style, I really hope to do that for a girl myself someday. <3
      Oh gods, the Daddy Incident reminds me of an incident I had with my own father back when I was but a wee baby bat in high school. He found some corsets and mini skirts that I had bought at a local thrift shop and came charging downstairs at me, demanding to know who was teaching to me to dress like a little harlot and bellowing that "This Goth Thing" was going to END RIGHT NOW if I was going to disrespect him by dressing that way… And then when he let me have a word in edgewise, I informed him that the miniskirts would be extended, and the corsets would be worn OVER a fishnet shirt or some other type of modesty-providing clothing article. He pretty much shut up and stayed out of my clothing decisions forevermore after that, ha! =P

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      lol yup, i was always a little tomboy, only bought clothes in the boy section as a small kid. i had to be bribed to put on a dress for special occasions. i made my holy confirmation in black jeans, a biker jacket and a sisters of mercy shirt lol. =)

      my father is still waiting for this goth thing to end, after 13 years hahaha!!!!

    • Jessie

      Must be a father thing, because mine is the same way. 11 years and a very gothic wedding to a fellow goth later, and it’s still “just a phase” to dear old dad, ha!

  • NotCinderell

    What about my choices: Whatever I can find on clearance that I’m reasonably certain is well-made enough to make it through a whole season and is appropriate for whatever occasions they’ll need to wear it to?

    (I have a boy and a girl, so I don’t do much with hand me downs)

  • Metal_Mom

    My kid wears band-ts sometimes… I’m her mom btw. Also, her dad’s in a Metal Band so I feel its justified. She has Slipknot and Bullet for my Valentine shirts and she likes both bands. To be 5 she has great music taste :D I’m ashamed to admit I have a Tumblr :P