dress up is serious business

January 7, 2010 |  Category:   friends


You just can’t make this stuff up.

Just when I thought I’d seen the craziest outfits, the kids come up with this. The creativity, the disregard for playing by any rules, the absence of self consciousness – maybe we should learn a thing or 2 from them (NO, I’m not suggesting that you or I walk around outside in a tutu and mismatched tights, but you get what I’m saying).

Years ago a friend and colleague of mine had this idea for a book – to document the fantastic outfits that kids style themselves. I think it’s still a good idea. Anyone want to give me a book advance?

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  • Nina January 7, 2010 at 11:41 am

    My kids are funky. They surprise me all the time and they have infected the whole school with their funky fashion sense, so after they started going to school there, everyone started to dress up like them and it has always been quite a treat going to their school and seeing all the kids dress up like Japanese girls in the streets of Harajuku with all the funky tights and fluffy skirts and big bows on their head. Their school is probably the funkiest here in L.A.! Kids are the best when it comes to clothes, we certainly should learn from them and enjoy wearing things besides black and the ‘boring’ stuff. Easier said than done.

  • Lillian January 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I don´t have kids, and i want none. I do know this for sure. Then, I read your blog and look at these photos of your ADORABLE kids and well, I´m not so sure anymore.

  • Esther January 7, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I want to play, too!

    This is awesome.

  • kathleen January 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    great book idea and you could certainly do it with your talent & adorable models….i hope you get your book advance.

  • Jane January 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    So true! Kids wear what looks pretty to them, what makes them smile and makes them feel good. They’re not so wrapped up yet in what other people will think or say, like us grown-ups. I’m always amazed by kids, and I hope I can encourage my kids to hold on to a bit of this free spirit and confidence as they grow up!

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  • Chai Ling January 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I love your new ‘sweet fine day’ signature 🙂 it’s heartfelt.

  • Elaine January 8, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I love the hairband with a heart pendant – so cute!

  • siri January 8, 2010 at 4:27 am

    I’d buy that book in a flash.

  • sylvi January 8, 2010 at 10:42 am

    i just might go out in a tutu and mismatched tights now – only it’s so cold i’d have to make the tights woollen. my bones are getting old, after all.
    when i was a child, my aunt was married to a circus performer and their attic was a dress-up dreamland for us kids.

    i just love these peeks into a world that is so different from mine, yet somehow so familiar. (i have been lurking for a long while.)

  • Rita January 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Have I got a picture for you! We were in Germany for 6 months with two sons, 4 and 6 years old. A trying time for me, much of which I gratefully do not remember. The 4 year old had, and still does have, a mind of his own (now 22). I forgot the contents of his favorite summer outfit until we came back to the States and saw my mother’s pictures from her visit. The get up consisted of a speedo swimsuit (red), tank top (white, light blue, grey), belt (blue with dinosaurs), suspenders (red), and to top it all off (or bottom it) plastic rain boots (light blue) up to his knees. We were out in public with, I’m sure, a lot of hausfrau staring and tutting. I will happily share it for your book, the photo is from behind and has a little bit of behind showing.

  • Welcome Home January 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I love how children dress up. They are not aware at a young age about brands, trends etc. They just pick what attracts them and mix it up with their creativity. LOVELY!

  • bill January 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Good lord, those are cute photos — reminds me of my daughter when she was that age. Very nice!

  • Christopher January 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    You might want to try kickstarter for getting money for your book. Seems to fit the bill perfectly.

  • brooklyn codger January 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    That would be a great fashion inspiration book for grownups. (I edit art books—I’d help out!) New to your blog and like it very much; another slice of brooklyn.

  • Katrina January 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I love this post. I really want to be that age again!!! The book is an amazing idea by the way. I’m all for it!

  • heather Rome January 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    i have a blog dedicated to my daughter’s crazy outfits

  • joanna goddard January 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    oh my goodness, these are the cutest photos!! what sweet little ladies!

  • Christie - Childhood 101 January 15, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Love your photos and what fantastic style your little ladies have!

  • Danita Luna June 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    good idea for a book!