Dress Your Mommy In Skull Socks And Leggings

February 10, 2011

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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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    { 148 comments }

    Alexicographer February 10, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    This is utterly charming and I think Emilia’s exactly right on the dress/shirt issue (the same may also be true the other way — could you ask her?).

    However I’m a little troubled to learn that things that date to the 1980s are vintage. What a depressing thought.

    Linda February 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I have given my daughter the curse of “matching”. She would have everything matching to perfection.

    Mary February 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Well, I don’t have kids but I know EXACTLY what my babysitting kids would dress me in, given that they think it’s hilarious to do so and seize the opportunity whenever they can. A HUGE tutu, a princess tiara with a veil, a magic wand, fairy wings, and leggings. Alternately, a bear suit. Or a stroller cover. Or a pumpkin costume.

    JM February 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I don’t have kids so can’t really answer your questions there.. but have to say, I really LOVE the outfit she put together for you!!:)
    The pics definitely look (and feel!) like a really fun Mary Poppins just walked in your house :)

    Rachel February 10, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    My daughter would definitely go more Emilia’s route. She would be dismayed at my lack of pink and frilly stuff, but would absolutely find a dress and fancy shoes, and many versions of sparkly. She notices the second I put on earrings or a necklace, which is not often, always asking “Mommy, why are you getting so fancy?”

    Tway February 11, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Oh, that’s very, very cool!

    S is just 16 months, so she only every dresses me in milk stains, unidentifiable hair gunk, whatever flies out of her nose, and cookie crumbs. (There’s nothing quite like the surprise you get when undressing at night and having half an arrowroot cookie tumble out of your bra.)

    GingerB February 11, 2011 at 2:28 am

    My girls both want easy access to my breasts for petting and nuzzling (older one calls it the nursie nestle move) so it would be low cut, probably pink, possibly a tute and definitely a dress, since I’ve worn maybe one in the last two years. They would absolutely put me in gaudy high heels and a tiara. And then I would be renamed “Diamond Sparkle” and offered tea.

    Linda Noble February 11, 2011 at 3:32 am

    This outfit is incredible! I -LOVE- it! :-) I marvel at the fashion sense of your daughter. Until I was probably 14, I was lucky if I combed my hair before leaving the house and I wore hand-me-down everything except undershirts. Pretty cool!
    -Linda

    Sherry February 11, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that I’d end up dressed in totally revealing stuff. Body-image issues make me a bit reluctant to wear form-fitting things, but everytime I’m lounging around home in longjohns and a t-shirt, my kiddo is always telling me I look great. (In fairness though, he’s got better judgement than I do when I’m shopping.)

    (And I wish that I could get styled by your daughter too!)

    Mom in MN February 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I don’t think my daughter approves of much of my wardrobe so she would probably decide a shopping trip was necessary. (I can’t really disagree with her either.)

    Laural February 11, 2011 at 10:02 am

    This post reminded me of a story my mom showed me in a magazine (maybe Chatelaine) when I was young – about 10. They did this story where they took some youngish girls and they let the moms style them the way they would dress their daughters, and then did a shoot of the daughters the way they would style themselves. I remember thinking it was super cool.
    I’d never thought to let my kids dress me. But, it sounds kind of fun. No photoshoot promised here!
    PS you look amazing!

    Elisa February 11, 2011 at 10:18 am

    How Amelia would dress me: If shoes were allowed (she loves to take hers off) they woould have velcro straps and squeak. I would be forced to wear a hat, possibly her strawberry toque that velcro straps under the chin. As I’m typing, I’m noticing a pattern. Or we might scrap all of the above and just go for a one-piece snowsuit. She would love that!

    Elisa February 11, 2011 at 10:19 am

    p.s. I think Emilia could have a career in fashion! What a fab outfit she threw together for you. Can I borrow her weekday mornings?

    Dia February 11, 2011 at 10:50 am

    My outfit would probably look a lot like yours. I am sure I would be wearing boots and a cowboy hat! I love yours btw!

    Kathleen February 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I once had my husband dress me for an evening out. Shockingly he did not choose the slutty dress! I would definitely wear my kids clothes. Vintage Iron Maiden tees and jeans. It’s actually how I used to dress when I was 16. Amelia has good taste. She had me at skull socks!

    Jennifer February 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    old navy giveaway entry!

    Karen Sugarpants February 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I have no idea what my boys would pick. Probably something with skulls or something with my robot scarf. :)

    domestic extraordinaire February 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    A lot of my outfits used to be picked out by my girls and from there my sense of style emerged. I don’t think that I would get the cowboy hat/skull socks treatment as mine are bigger and when I suggest ‘different’ things to them sometimes they shake their head and tell me if that’s what would make me happy okay, but they aren’t going to be seen out with me.

    p.s. love the look!

    Amanda February 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Might be a great tool for shocking your sartorial instinct and at least getting out of a rut (maybe without leaving the house in the outfit of initial shock.)

    Hellostacey February 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Ha, my daughter is 4 months old – so she’d probably dress me in a diaper. Actually sounds kind of nice.

    luz February 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    You look lovely! We all love bold and bright here!

    Rachel February 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I LOVE it! You should let Emilia dress you more often. Now here is my real question, did you wear this smashing outfit to the store???

    Alli Worthington February 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I really love the Valentine’s Day skull socks!

    Jolon @ Savvy Chic Savings February 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I don’t have children, but I have cousins. I recently got a huge chunk of platinum extensions attached to my otherwise black head of hair. My 13yo cousin said I look like Cruella DeVille from 101 Dalmations. What does that teach me? I WILL LEAVE IT THAT WAY UNTIL THE DAY THAT I DIE.

    daysgoby February 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Okay – extra cool bonus points for you if you wore that around the house for awhile!

    My daughter would be OVERJOYED if I would let her pick out my clothes every day. I have a purple skirt and a brilliant green top that I think might come into play….

    Rosanne February 12, 2011 at 12:03 am

    They have just taught me to wear what you like that looks good on you not on someone else

    Patty Warner February 12, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Since my kids are now full grown men they would dress me in anything that wouldn’t embarass them (preferably grays and blacks) :)

    Elaine February 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Well, my daughter is too young to pick something out for me but my oldest son likes fashion a lot so now I’m curious to ask him what he would dress me in out of my closet! He’s presently at his soccer game but I think I may have to find out in the next few days. This is SO fun! Your daughter did a great job! :)

    andrea February 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    i don’t have daughters, which pains me in the fashion department…however my oldest boy (5) likes skulls and band shirts so I would most likely be dressed like a female axel rose.

    Fern February 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I’m sure each of my children would dress me in something different, but I know my 3rd daughter would dress me in a flowy skirt & pretty shirt so I look like a princess.

    Dia February 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I would be dressed head to toes in pink!

    diacronan at hotmail dot com

    Beth D February 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    My son would dress me up in everything ON has that has skulls or pirates on them! AhoH Matey!

    charlcr February 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    teenage boys…hummm? def would steal the polo button downs.
    charlcr(at)aol.com

    Ria February 13, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I so, so love how uninhibited kids are. On Friday, I asked my 9yo if she was growing her hair out. She said, “Yes but not too much because I don’t want to have to brush it EVERY day!!!” In the same way, she doesn’t follow many rules about what she SHOULD wear… like socks that match.

    What a great idea… I have a feeling if she dressed me, I really would be way more stylish.

    Her Bad Mother February 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    clever, clever girl ;)

    Karen February 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    My delightful 9-year-old son would tell me, whatever I was wearing, that “you look beautiful Mommy.” When I insisted that he pick out clothes, he told me that “you should wear just what you have on now” (happened to be a pair of jeans, a tank, and a jacket) because “You always look beautiful, no matter what you are wearing.”
    How could we not fall in love with our boys?

    jennybek February 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    My boys would put me in a gillie suit, but my daughter, she’d have me in boots and jewels all the time.

    sashalyn February 14, 2011 at 12:26 am

    You know, when you’ve got it, you’ve got it- & Emelia has got it in spades!!!

    I’m pretty sure if my daughter Sophie dressed me there would be Kai-lan & purple involved.

    RadioRedHead February 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I have no idea what my son would choose, but now I want to find out. More than likely he would look for something red (which is favorite colour) but he wouldn’t have much success there. I’m thinking he would look in my closet for a pretty dress, since I rarely wear them. I’ll let ya know!

    Her Bad Mother February 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    do let me know! I’d LOVE to see what other kids create as stylists ;)

    Marci February 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I have learned from my 12y/o son that I don’t need to impress ANYONE.He’ll wear anything he feels like wearing,not worrying for a second what his friends would think. Love that.
    As for me,he’d pick out the craziest,loudest,most ridiculous stuff he could find just to give himself a chuckle, while my 9 y/o son would do his best to find stuff that he thought would make ME feel pretty.
    I love my boys!

    monstergirlee February 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    My favorite outfits are when my daughter matches stripes with stripes. And the color combinations are wonderful and kooky to say the least, but hey, its her style and I’ll let her go with it. Other times she picks everything just like I would. I can’t wait to see her style develop as she gets older.
    Thanks for a chance to win.

    Dia February 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    My daughter said she would dress me in “tons” of diamonds….wish I had “tons” of diamonds! Thanks for the giveaway!

    diacronan at hotmail dot com

    Sarah Mitchell February 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    My daughter chose for me last night a pair of black leggings, the nightie from my honeymoon (periwinkle in color) a jeans vest ‘to cover my boobies’ and a pair of clear/see through pumps from a wedding i was in YEARS ago!

    suzannah {so much shouting, so much laughter} February 14, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    “because sometimes dresses are better shirts than dresses”
    so much wisdom from that one! adorable.

    Bitchin' Amy February 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    That is a seriously rocking outfit. Your daughter clearly has the vision of a true artiste! ;)

    Dia February 15, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Your outfit it priceless! I see someone has a future in stylin. I could see my little one dressing me in something outrageous and it would include lots of pink and purple, her fave colors.

    diacronan at hotmail dot com

    Heather February 15, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Too funny. My guys would pick jeans and cowboy boots like they love. Thanks!!

    geena February 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

    nothing in my closet (except my tutu) was acceptable enough for my kids to want to dress me in. I’ve been losing weight over the past 9 mos, so the majority of my clothes don’t fit anymore (goodbye 50 lbs!). My son did say he wished I wore more skirts and dresses though, cause I’m beautiful.

    juliloquy February 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    My kids would dress me in the brightest colors I own, because to them they are the prettiest. And dresses/skirts, because the kids are at the phase where they think more feminine = better.

    True story: Last year, my husband and I dressed up to go out to a fancy restaurant. My son (then 5) literally said: “Who ARE you?” Perhaps we should make a point of dressing up a bit more often.

    Thanks for the contest!

    sue February 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    If I straightened my hair and wore Abercrombie skinny jeans, my kids would think I was the bees knees.

    Mama Bub February 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    My boy loves it when he and his daddy match. He would like me to match too, which means I’m going to need an extensive collection of polo shirts.

    Iman February 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Probably a ball gown!

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