My daughter just turned five and has been picking out her own clothes every day for quite a while now. She comes up with some interesting ensembles, but lately I have thought maybe I should be taking some tips from her to jazz up my t-shirt and shorts, stay-at-home mom, non-style style. So here are some fashion tips gleaned from my five-year-old's fashion sense, I think they are actually pretty good advice for her fashion-challenged mother.
- Accessorize. Grated the tiara plus three necklaces plus two ribbons tied around your waist plus seventeen silly bands plus four sparkly barrettes plus headband plus clip-on dangle earrings is not generally appropriate for grown women, but throwing on a little bling goes a long way to move you from "at least I brushed my hair" to "I'm dressing on purpose here."
- Don't be afraid of patterns. Well, possibly you should be afraid of the paisley shirt and heart-printed skirt that my daughter is sporting today, but it is fun to jazz up your standard khaki capris with a wild print top. Or even a semi-crazy belt.
- Go for color. Again, maybe not purple and pink and blue and green and yellow and red and orange, but if you are following my lead of neutral pants of shorts plus a black or grey or white top, try something new. I bought a green t-shirt this spring, and I think it is the first green article of clothing I have ever purchased, and I love it.
- Wear sparkly shoes. Five-year-olds seem to lead the world in the consumption of sparkly, glittery, ideally even light-up shoes. I have yet to find light-up shoes in my size, but something with a splash of sequins is lots of fun. I even have glittery flip-flops for the playground.