One: pants, drops shirt, cardi, coat, shoes Two: pants, bear sweater, jacket, shoes Three: pants, parka, sweatshirt, boots Four: pants, shirt, cardigan, vest, tiger sneakers Five: pants, shirt, shoes, pullover
Yesterday during the time I normally allot for prepping for the following days blog post I was perusing the online retail site, Smallable. I innocently followed a pinterest link and was subsequently sucked into dreamland of all the cute outfits I could get for my boys; well my little ones that is - my big boy has officially shopped in the mens section for the last few years. I have to say it's not as easy to find clothes for boys that evoke that same feeling of "aw!" that I get when I pass through the girls section. M+L also seem to gravitate more towards the girls section when we are shopping too. The clothes are usually softer, more comfortable and more colorful and have things they like - like sparkles. Which I am totally fine with, but it's nice to find some nice and stylish basics. I find that boy clothes at your regular box stores seem to be pretty heavily gender specific in a way I am not really into. In fact I am just more of a gender-neutral dresser for little ones. I like the innocence of these years where gender truly means very little in being and learning who you are in the world around you. I remember when M+L first started in speech pathology and the speech path asked me if they knew the difference between 'boy and girl' and if they 'knew their gender' (they were 3 at this time). And it felt like some test and for a moment I was like oh, shit they are going to fail this. And then I snapped out of it and said, "no, but that's on me, and it's not important to me. It is important to me however that they just know who they are. That they can like dolls if they like dolls, or like pink if they like pink (they happen to love both). They can like cars and trucks and wrestling too and it simply has to do with them - not their gender." Don't get me wrong I love being a female and I hope they love being a males, but I think the confines of gender can be more confusing and sometimes limiting if we just go off of societies norms and expectations. Especially for those as free-spirited as kids.
So without further digression, I just was so happy to come across a shop that has so many lovely basics. Lovely girl clothes and boy clothes and lots of just kid clothes too. Nothing with gratuitous statements on childhood or gender - unless fashion is your statement, then it has that in spades (and just for fyi, this is another 'i wish it was a sponsored post,' because it's not. I just really like their vast selection). After the two hours I spent there I decided to just turn it into a blog post of its own and do some virtual shopping, where in which, I would buy all of these things and much more. Now I just need to narrow it down to a few things for real-life shopping; maybe for under the tree? I like to use christmas as an excuse to buy kids clothes that I would wear and call them presents, which works because they all love clothes. That bear sweater is definitely topping the list right now. And the grey cardi . . . and the duffle coat . . . and the tiger shoes (they would love those shoes) . . . and there's a lot more I didn't add to this list.