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The size 3T fashion low point

Twice a year when the seasons change, it's clothing flip time. Jojo, our overprivileged oldest, gets new clothes. I pack her clothes away in a clear tub with a masking tape label - this last one said "XS 4-5 SUMMER". I also retrieve an appropriate tub of hand-me-downs for our deprived second child, Olive. I found and opened the bin that said "3T winter".

Let me tell you - this is the worst bin yet.

The one I packed away, "XS 4-5 SUMMER", actually has some cute clothes in it because Josie is pretty excited about clothes shopping and dressing herself, she loves cats, rainbows, unicorns, the color pink. I'm not thrilled that the wardrobe has shifted sharply into pink and purple but at least things match that way right?

But the 3T bin? Josie clearly did not give a shit yet.

And based on the fact that we'd been buying her clothes for 3 years, I'm afraid it looks like we also did not give a shit. A 2-3 year old is not a cute tiny baby that everyone buys onesies for. It's a nasty snotty toddler. So between us not caring and her not caring, I'm ready to declare 3T as the official low point of kids fashion. It's a nasty mishmash of clearance rack finds, thrift store tokens, hand me downs from random other families, and separate pieces that made me question whether we did laundry that year at all.

Just to remember what was going on, I flipped through some old photos:

You guys... this is what she was wearing when I thought she was cute enough to photograph... a white t-shirt that doesn't even fit:



this is creative but what's with the cyan jeans?



and there's a tutu with jeans, that's a good look:



It's all coming together, kinda. Josie loved dressing herself but culture and development hadn't lined up to make her want to match anything. We didn't sweat it - still won't. Toddlers don't even like wearing clothes 90% of the time, Olive certainly doesn't, so why give it much thought?

Well Olive that's what you get to work with this year. It's uphill from here, kid.

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aryanhwy
Oct. 27th, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
3T fashion is the "it doesn't matter what's in their drawer, they're going to decide what to pair together and whatever it is, it'll be...creative."

I actually love the outfits Gwen comes up with. :)
becomingkate
Oct. 27th, 2015 09:30 pm (UTC)
Clothes have always been a struggle for us. He has always been tall and skinny so his pants are always too short but too big around the waist. Even the ones with the adjustable belt on the inside would ride down and show his butt crack. Poor kid. He is just now fitting into pants (boys small) that don't show his crack. He prefers sweatpants, but my husband has hangups about him wearing sweatpants to school when it's not a gym day. He says when he was a kid, kids would get teased for wearing sweatpants. I never heard of such a thing.
redfield79
Oct. 27th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)

Lol at privileges...


I'm the same way! But we only have one girl right now. I also only shop consignment and that's a bit of an addiction in itself. :)

okoshun
Oct. 27th, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC)
Personally I love the fashion sense of this age. They don't care, you can do whatever you/they want. I *love* the photos one of my FB friends posts of her little guy. She designs baby clothes and oh man..when he's older there is SO MANY PHOTOS that she'll be able to show his future partner and laugh and laugh and laugh.

Pics of him in legwarmers, a diaper and totally mismatched top. Its *AWESOME*.
excentric397
Oct. 28th, 2015 01:02 am (UTC)
My youngest thought that the more patterns she wore at the same time, the better life was. Polka dots, stripes, plaid, checks, the more the merrier. She was an interesting child. All grown up now.
lookfar
Oct. 28th, 2015 01:05 am (UTC)
The thing I loved about 3T was pretty much what you are talking about - the total lack of awareness of how it was "supposed to" look. Honora had a great outfit one day at the public library - a leotard with attached pink tutu, pink snow boots, and a miniature padded Japanese kimono. You don't get a look like that if you are focusing on coordination. She topped it off by telling the librarian, "I'm Cindawewwa."
aliki
Oct. 28th, 2015 01:21 am (UTC)
What a funny post! We do the exact same thing... this past weekend, Erika went clothes shopping at Osh Kosh and Target and courtesy of grandma, picked up $250 (cringe) worth of brand new clothing in various shades of pink, purple, or white; sparkles and sequins preferred.

We then purchased a pair of hot pink sweatpants and two fleece pajamas, all of the clearance or sale rack, for Amelia for $20. Opened up the 2T Winter bin and apparently this looks like everything is long-sleeve white onesies and about 20 pairs of blue jeans. So she looks like a 1950s James Dean, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, every day. I guess I just didn't care for 2T winter clothing.
smittenbyu
Oct. 28th, 2015 02:58 am (UTC)
She looks so cute in all of them, so does it matter? :) enjoy it, I guess. I did. Now it's all about matching and mostly patterns. Very particular patterns. All my daughter's clothes even though she's an only child are from thrift stores. Except pants. She's too skinny to wear hand me down pants when even brand new ones are too loose!
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