When my daughters were born, dressing them in adorable outfits was so much fun. They have always been small for their age so they didn’t grow out of their clothes very fast. I could rotate my favorite outfits for months. For a while, I really enjoyed picking out their clothes. They’ve always let their personalities show!
Then things began to change. My oldest daughter insisted on creating outfits that tested your ability to see. Multi-colored plaid pants mixed with a rainbow striped shirt or patterned shorts with floral shirts. She had a logical reason for her fashion statement and it all made sense once she explained it. It was so she could be at the front of the line. The teacher would call a color and if you were wearing it, you were allowed to get in line. She is older now and her teachers have more mature ways to get the kids to line up but she still dresses that way. It’s her personality.
My youngest is quite the opposite. Total fashion sense and the attitude to match. She was very young when she started picking out a few outfits to wear. Then, she would ask me if I could help her pick one out. No matter which I selected, she would wear the other. At 9, she is still doing it but I no longer give my 2¢ unless we’re going someplace where dress code matters.
In the back of my mind, I’m thinking that it isn’t going to get any easier. There is going to come a day (sooner than I want to believe) when they’re going to need a Homecoming or Prom dress. I often wonder whether they’ll let me help pick something out or if I’ll be left out of the mix. If I’m footing the bill, I WILL have some input.
When I was in school, I borrowed a dress from a friend. I couldn’t afford an expensive dress. Girls these days have the benefit of finding fashionable yet cheap prom dresses simply by shopping online. For that matter, evening dresses as well as ones for weddings, holidays and homecoming are also available from sites like DressFirst. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t free. It still needs to be planned but the prices are much more reasonable that what you’ll find at your local bridal shop. Seriously, a floor length prom dress for under $150? Wow.
We’re still a few years away from needed to worry about it but it’s nice to know there are affordable options out there.