Pinky is 3 1/2 now. Since she was about 2 she has decided what she wears. This started with just picking out an outfit from her wardrobe, we still actually chose the clothes in the shop. After a few months this progressed to only wearing things she has chosen from the off. I quite like this independent and decisive trait. We have always tried to give her choices, this she chose for herself. It has its draw backs. People who don’t know her very well but are still close enough to us to buy her Christmas and birthday presents often insist on buying her clothes. Occasionally this isn’t a problem and she likes the gift, usually when it is a pretty party dress or something similar ideally with sparkles. However most often this ends in me trawling the shops trying the return or exchange the item for something she will wear so that people’s money doesn’t go to waste. I have long since some to terms with the fact that trousers and a t shirt are a total no go with her. It is dresses or a skirt and that is it. Tights when it’s cold. Now what we do instead of trawling the shops with two little girls on tow we shop online. I fill a wish list with various choices, nothing too expensive and nothing too ‘party’. She really would fill her whole wardrobe with puffy tulle party dresses given half a chance. Then we go through the list toothed and she tells me which ones she does and doesn’t like. The extra exciting part of doing it this way is Pinky gets her own parcel delivered to the house which she loves.
This time we did all the shopping online from Next. Ideally, where I can, I buy all the clothes from one shop, that way most of the clothes are interchangeable and tops, bottoms and tights compliment each other.
This is what Pinky chose for her Autumn/Winter collection:
A little red dress with ruffle detail. Currently £10-£15
Unicorn dress £15-£20
Character print dress £13-£14
Purple fairlisle cardigan £16-£18
Pack of 5 long sleeve tops £16.50-£18.50
We also got a couple of packs of tights in red, blue and various links to compliment the clothes.
We are still waiting for a couple of items that won’t be delivered until October. This is ok as it means Pinky is going to get two more parcels to open.
White butterfly t-shirt, this was on offer with the pink sparkly one above as a buy 2 for £12 or 3 for £18
Ecru printed ponte dress £14-£17
Bless her she had lots of fun trying it all on, even Perky wanted to join in.