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Hannah the Fashionista September 6, 2008

Filed under: clothes,Hannah,parenting — Kemi @ 2:45 pm
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     Hannah, who is four (going on twenty-four!), has quite the developed fashion sense.  From whence it developed, I have no idea.  I’m also not sure if it’s fully developed (I’m guessing it’s NOT), but I’ll let you judge for yourself.


Dressing for Valeween Day, obviously.


Dress + Shorts + Granny purse + Metallic flip-flops + Daddy's old UPS hat = FABULOUS


     From the time she turned three, nearly two years ago, she has insisted on picking out her own clothes.  Sometimes I could gently steer her away from her black and orange-striped Halloween pants and pink polka-dotted  turtleneck with snowmen on it, and other times she put up such a convincing argument I decided it wasn’t worth the fight.  (Pick your battles, you know?  I’m learning.)  I’m so thankful to my friends and neighbors, who, upon seeing her ensembles- and my immense discomfort at taking her out like that in public– rush up to me and say, “Isn’t it cute when they start to dress themselves?  I LOVE her look.”


     No, and oh HECK no.  Let’s not encourage.


     I do have to give her credit though– sometimes she does a good job combining tops and bottoms.  It’s a fifty-fifty split, really, and it depends on what’s left in her drawer.  Which brings me to my next point:  MY CHILD CAN GO THROUGH 5 OUTFITS IN A DAY.  Sometimes more.  (Never less.)  Complete outfits.  Tops, skirts, shorts, pants, dresses, shoes, pajamas… and where do all these discarded looks go?  On the floor or into the laundry hamper.  Usually one first, and then the other, after I launch my “Your room is a pigsty” spiel.  (And you wonder why she has so little to work with in her dresser…)  It doesn’t matter that several of her outfits are designed to be worn as a set;  she refuses to leave them together in her drawer.  Instead, she breaks them up and wears them with other things.  Even pajamas are subject to be mixed and matched, which makes it hard to keep up with how many of them she actually has


     Every morning she asks me to come and help her find something to wear.  Every morning we stand at her dresser and I make suggestions.  EVERY MORNING those suggestions are met with a sigh, an eye roll, and a “Welllll, how about this instead?”  Or, “I really think this one would be better.”  (To which I REALLY want to respond, “So why did you ask my opinion in the first place?  And what is wrong with my choice?  It’s CUTE!  Yours doesn’t even match.”  But I don’t.  I think because I’m the adult?  The mature, responsible one?  Some days I’m not sure.) (And stop that laughing.  I can HEAR you.)


     This morning she surprised me by waking me up early and chirping about how happy today’s outfit would make me.  I opened one eye, bit back a laugh, opened the other eye, blinked a few times, and decided that, while she had a little of the polygamist pants-under-a-skirt thing going on, as far as outfits go, it wasn’t that bad.  Sort of cute, actually.  Well-accessorized, even.  (And how sweet of her to place so much importance on her outfit as it relates to my general disposition.  On second thought, how observant!)  😀


(Those would be water spills, compliments of one naughty little brother.)


     I have decided to quit fighting her fashion (?!?) choices.  Hannah is four, and she’s adorable.  Everyone loves her, and for some strange reason, they think her clothing tastes makes her even more precious.  For those who don’t know her and think I am a neglectful parent, well, I wish them a daughter who wants to choose her own clothes AND style her own hair, both at the same time.


     Ha ha ha.  Just you wait.


9 Responses to “Hannah the Fashionista”

  1. Rachel Says:

    hahaha!!! My daughter has her own sense of stlye too–it often involves the SAME “wrong” outfit 3-4 days in a row…and nights too. 🙂

  2. kspin Says:

    I can sympathize with the discarded looks all over the floor! But I have two divas who both love to dress up so there is always clothes all over the place. Just wait until she discovers your makeup! 😉

  3. Marci Says:

    At least she lets you wash them. My two-year-old will trade between 3 dresses and freak out if I try to wash them. I think yesterday the pink one actually moved by itself.

  4. Kemi Says:

    Ha ha, been there, done that with the makeup.

    I used to sell Mary Kay, and every time I unpacked a box, she was right there to “help”. I had more makeup ground into my ivory-colored carpet (Why didn’t anyone stop me? Seriously, ivory? With kids?) than I care to think about.

  5. Baby girl is starting to want to pick her clothes too. We’ll see how that goes.

  6. kweenmama Says:

    I have a daughter who had (and still has) her own fashion sense. She is now a sophomore in high school and has designed her own t-shirts that have become so popular she has friends asking her to make them one. Maybe you have a budding fashion designer??

  7. Wendy Says:

    My little girl still lets me pick it out for her….but I am just waiting for it to hit…Hannah sure is cute!

  8. K. Trainor Says:

    What an adorable little girl! I think she should just do her own thang and good for you for letting her. GO HANNAH, GO!

    (You can hear us when we laugh? At you? Seriously? Crap–I’ll have to watch how much fun I poke at you in here. You probably still have that hoodoo voodoo chicken hidden somewhere.)

  9. Judith Says:

    Incompetent? Yes. Neglectful? No.

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