Dress Your Mommy In Skull Socks And Leggings

February 10, 2011

(Disclosure! This content series and the giveaway below is brought to you by Old Navy. Check out the Kids & Baby Sale in store with great deals starting at $5. And take inspiration from the fashion EXPLOSION that you’re about to witness below.)

I said that I would let Emilia style an outfit for me. And I did.

I let her into my closet, and told her that if she wanted to, she could put together an outfit for me. I didn’t have to make the offer twice.

She selected a pink cotton skirt from H&M – “because it’s your favorite color, Mommy” – and some off-white leggings, and a long-sleeved white undershirt – “so that your arms don’t get cold” – and a vintage (circa 80′s) Armani party dress – mini-skirted, silk organza with polka dots – to be worn as a shirt – “because sometimes dresses are better shirts than dresses,” which really is impeccable logic, if you think about it. Then she found some black patent leather pumps – again, vintage – I have a lot of vintage – and a pair of black ankle socks with a red and white skull print – “so that your feet don’t get cold, Mommy.” She finished off the look with a silk scarf printed with pink roses – “it matches the skirt” – and suggested that we go downstairs and find an umbrella – “because it’s always good to carry something.”

Then we posed for pictures, which is to say, she suggested poses, and I struck them, and Kyle took pictures. Mid-way through this process, she called a halt to the picture-taking and insisted that we could not proceed until I had a really good hat and a bag. She knew just the ones, of course, and fetched them, and when the final picture was complete it was, I think, something pretty close to awesome.

Lady Gaga wishes that her people did work like this.

I asked in the last post: ‘what lessons are your children teaching you about personal style? Or, to put it another way, what of your kids’ personal style – or just their wardrobe – would you borrow if you had the nerve (and they had your size?)’ I’m still interested in your answers to that question, but here I would add: what do you think your kids would dress you in, given the opportunity? Ask them! Or, you know, just imagine what they’d say. Would they doll you up skull socks and cowboy hats? Or tell you that they like your yoga pants just the way they are? Leave a comment and you’ll be eligible to win a $150 Old Navy gift card, with which you can go to Old Navy and have your kid pick out his or her own outfit, and also one for you. (Full contest rules here.) (You can also just follow this link and get a pretty sweet coupon.)

(Oh, and if you entered by leaving a comment at the last post? You get another entry by commenting again! There’ll be three winners, one selected from each of the comment threads to the posts in this series.)




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    Renee February 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I pretty much let my kids wear what they want as long as it is weather-appropriate. My daughter used to come up with tons of crazy outfits when she was little, but now that she is 9 she is a little more conservative!

    Maresa February 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I have a 15 month old, so not quite sure what she’d like to see me in… maybe white? So her peanut butter and yogurt schmears really stand out?

    Rachelle February 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    My boys (5 and 3) said they would dress me “as a princess, with a crown and sparkly princess shoes.” They also said they’d have me carry around a lot of money. I asked what the money was for and they said that’s what princesses do.

    Jaden February 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I know my daughter would dress me in tights and a dress, and she wouldn’t use what she’s currently calling “boy colors” even though I adamantly insist that no colors are either “boy” or “girl”… And yet I know I would end up looking fab, as you do here. Emilia really has an AWESOME fashion sense!

    Naomi February 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Roo always wants me to wear horrifically slutty Barbie-like dresses and Jasper doesn’t care as long as he has easy access to my belly, which he calls “boobie” and likes to squeeze. Yes, it’s humiliating, especially now that he’s almost four.

    Brooke Macdonald February 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Looks like fun!

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    Kathy February 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    My girl would dress me in patterns – leopard print mixed plaid and polka-dots. With the brightest pink she could find featured somewhere. My 5-yr old boy would pick out pink. He always tells me I’m pretty in pink! :)

    elle February 16, 2011 at 3:05 am

    The little girl would definitely dress me up as Jesse from Toy Story! Since Old Navy has the best jeans around, we could get a pair there since there is no way I am fitting into her little size 4s!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Steph February 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I think right now, my baby girl – still in utero, doesn’t care what I wear as long as it doesn’t cramp her living space. So my guess is that she would want me to wear pajama pants and t-shirts all day. I’m so all over that :)

    Dia February 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

    My daughter thinks my clothes are boring. She would probably dress me up in something fit for a teenager.

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    Patricia Treskovich February 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

    kids aren’t afraid to mix patterns, strips, etc. and they pick brighter colors

    Zoe February 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I would be tutus and sparkles from head to toe! I do own my very own pair of sparkly shoes and my daughter often requests that I wear them so we can both have on matching sparkly shoes.

    Claire February 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    You look pretty fabulous! ;)

    I’d probably end up in several animal prints and whatever sparkly things I own. Not that I’d mind!

    Sarah Hirsch February 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    My daughter would dress me in a hot pink, covered in sequins ballgown, and my son would probably put a shirt on my legs and pants on my head, because he thinks that is a pretty hilarious idea.

    Christine February 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    We both like horror movies so I think he’d pick out an outfit to reflect one of our favorites. Scary stuff can be fun!

    Carrie O February 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    what would they pick out??? hmmm… at 13 years old… likely just jeans and a sweatshirt! bah…

    Emily February 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Princess gear. Princessprincessprincess everywhere. I so wish that I could honestly say they’d dress me as an astronaut surfer ice-skater dinosaur, but right now it’s PRINCESS TIME.

    Stephanie V. February 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    dinosaur shirts – scary!
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    Alison February 17, 2011 at 1:19 am

    My three-year-old son would dress me in purple because he thinks that purple is every girl’s favorite color and therefore they must always wear it. Sometimes when he’s out shopping with me, he’ll pitch a fit if I buy something that’s not purple.

    ferriz February 17, 2011 at 5:44 am

    My cousin’s little girl would put multi-color fake hair in my hair, tons of red lipstick, a tiara, some sort of poofy skirt, leggings, and rainboots. I think we have a tiny little fashion designer or stylist in the family!

    LeAndrew W. Taylor February 17, 2011 at 8:52 am

    My teen daughters are really into hip-hop music: Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye West! So if they had their way, they would probably dress me in a pair of sagging jeans and a twisted baseball cap! And maybe add a pair of designer shades to complete the look!

    Dia February 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I could just imagine all the makeup my kids would put on me! ick! Thanks for the giveaway!!

    Terry C February 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Your daughter did a great job! Love the outfit! Mine would consist of a lot of pink, a frilly dress and high heels would definitely be involved. And lots of makeup!

    Laurie February 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I’d borrow her Jammies! They are so dang cute!

    Liz M. February 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Probably in tutus and oversized versions of pink princess costumes!

    Sarah L February 18, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Since I don’t have kids I’d go with my friend’s granddaughter likes: MORE PINK & FAIRIES!
    Thanks for the contest.

    Sarah L February 18, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I’ll take another entry for having posted on all three posts.

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