It started quite innocently. I was actually trying to be prudent and was looking to buy some clothes on ebay. Very quickly, I discovered ebay mom community, buying and selling mostly Euro brands kids clothes. I moved from GAP and Gymboree to Hanna Andersson, Catimini, Mini Boden, Oilily, and Jottum. Very soon I thought nothing of spending $200 on a Jottum outfit for my 3 year old, who of course couldn't care less about what she was wearing (I would resell it later for close to the same price, that's what got me hooked).
|From Oilily catalog|
I think I was living a fantasy of perfect family life. There is laughter and jumping on mattresses and kissing of the dogs in it, but it is also a fantasy where cute little girls in pretty dresses play with their German made wooden toys in whimsically decorated bedrooms. They later sleep peacefully in patchwork covered beds, dressed in Hanna Andersson organic pajamas. So I also decorated my daughter's room with vintage looking teddy bears, Kathe Cruse dolls, Selecta Dollhouse and crystal chandelier (that broke into thousand pieces when we moved). Seriously, I was a toy snob and I think my daughter did not have a single plastic toy when she was a toddler.
|Cute Little Girls|
|In pretty outfits|
I still buy cute clothes for my daughter. Every year I would buy her just couple of Jottum outfits, because I really love the brand, but mostly I stick to Crewcuts, GAP and Target. Needless to say, she is perfectly happy with Target.
|Jottum for Winter|
|Jottum in the summer|
Now at 9, she is a little fashionista herself, but she likes to describes herself as 'soccer playing girlie-girl'. Did I have anything to do with it one way or another, I am not sure.
|Happy in Crewcuts|
|My little Princess|
And let me tell you, she owns her style like I never did at her age.
Where do you buy clothes for your kids?
Do you encourage your children if they are interested in fashion?
Do you think we have any influence over the style our kids will eventually develop (or not)? Do you think we live vicariously through our children and it is not healthy?
Please share, it would be no fun without you!!!