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10 Feb

Dress Your Mommy In Skull Socks And Leggings

(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.)