Posts Tagged ‘clothes’

Getting the Look

December 15, 2012

Once again summer has snuck up on us, the children have grown out of all their clothes, and we are staring down the barrel of a Queensland Christmas with a wardrobe full of jeans, tights, and long-sleeved shirts.

Time to go shopping!

First I went through Fainjin’s & Babess’ drawers, removing all the too-small clothes, as well as some they just never wear for whatever reason.  That was reasonably reassuring – they both have lots of t-shirts that fit them, at least.  I don’t really know how this happens.  We must have started with hundreds of t-shirts in several sizes, because we never seem to run out, although we hand on dozens each season.

Space now made, we went looking for new things.  I told them that they each needed a “smart” outfit for Christmas.  We have a couple of church things to go to and it would be nice if they didn’t look like complete scruffs in the Christmas morning photos.

Babess was thrilled.  She waltzed through the shop saying, “Let’s try this on!  And this one!  Here’s a pink one of those! Did you get that one, Mum?  I like that one too!”

Fainjin was the opposite.  “No!  I don’t want to look smart!  I want to look awesome!”

Apparently awesome means t-shirts with ninja lego or angry birds on them.  We found some short-sleeved button shirts and plain shorts, and persuaded him into the changing room.

Babess merrily tried on dozens of outfits.  Sadly, she is so small and slight of figure that most things didn’t fit.  The smaller sizes were too short, and the larger sizes ballooned out over her chest.  She sobbed when the pretty dress with roses and a net petticoat was put away, but she does like the pink dress we chose in the end.

Fainjin grudgingly tried on one of the shirts.  “Hey!” I said, “You look really handsome!  It makes you look older, quite grown-up.”

He preened.  He looked in the mirror.  “I look like I’m about seven,” he agreed.

Apparently looking older is awesome when you’re nearly six.  He happily tried on the rest of his clothes, and because he is average size for his age, they all fit.  Lucky boy.  Now he has two smart and awesome outfits for summer!

© UpsideBackwards 2012.

Winter

June 6, 2012

Every morning, Fainjin dresses himself in shorts and t-shirt.  Sometimes I can convince him that he will be cold, and persuade him into either a long-sleeved (but lightweight) jacket, or trackpants, but seldom both.

Today we have had a cold, wet, windy storm front blow through.  It was horrid.  Fainjin’s teacher was very impressed: when we arrived at school he was wearing trackpants, a woollen jersey, his raincoat (which he usually refuses outright) and a hat!  It had taken me a lot of fancy talking to get all that on him, but I think he appreciated it during the walk to school.

One of his classmates was happily in shorts and t-shirt – it’s sometimes nice to know I’m not the only mother fighting this battle.

© UpsideBackwards 2012.

“New” clothes

September 28, 2010

I sorted through Babess’ clothes last night.  She now fits most of the clothes that Pearl wore when she was about 18-24 months.  I am puzzled, though.  There seems to be a huge mountain of these clothes…  I think that Babess could wear a different outfit every day until she outgrew them.  How on earth did Pearl wear them all several times each?!

It is lovely to go through and re-discover some of my favourite outfits, though.  And even though Babess has firm opinions about what she should wear, she is very susceptible to flattery, and likes “new” things.  Today she went to daycare in “new” t-shirt, hoodie, jeans, socks and even shoes, preening and posing to show everything off to her friends and teachers.

The next few weeks are going to be great fun!

© UpsideBackwards 2010.


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