Despite the fact that we are in total denial that summer is coming to end and that fall is trying to steal our late summer nights away, shopping for the fall has started.
Gemma has grown exponentially this summer and so has her taste in clothing. Trying to negotiate fashion choices with a finicky almost 6yo who thinks she can dress like a 16yo is very trying to say the least but we have made some advances.
Gemma loves skirts and she won’t hear of anything else, even if her mom is waving a pair of jeans in her face and listing the virtues of denimed legs (primarily the coverage they provide during playground activities… I’ll admit it, I hate that the world sometimes sees her underwear).
*sigh* Anyway. She is an independent creature so I’m resigned to the fact that Grade one will be a skirted affair. I guess I just need to roll with it since I am trying to raise an independent lady but shopping for for an INCREDIBLY independent child has not been easy.
Thankfully The Children’s Place invited a group of Toronto bloggers and media folks with children to shop in their store and get some fall items for the kids to try out. And they have skirts up the wahoo.
I decided to try out three skirts for my little lady and Gemma has given two enthusiastic thumbs up for all of them, especially this frilly fairyland special made of tulle with elastic waistband replete with sequin:
In fact, I haven’t been able to convince her to take off the fairy skirt since last Wednesday and I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good thing. We may need to get duplicates to keep school admin off our case for letting our child wear dirty clothes to class.
Anyway, she also loves the little pleated denim number and 3-tiered black cotton skirts I selected and those both have built in shorts underneath so that details gets two thumbs up from this Mom.
The Children’s Place has always provided good quality clothing (and their Hallowe’en costumes ROCK!). Sometimes I find the color selections are not the most desirable — their standard pink has always rubbed me the wrong way and I wish it was in the softer realm — but the clothing lasts, washes well, and the sizing is spot on. All of those factors trump any issues I have with a shade pink ;) In fact many of Gemma’s older clothing have made their way to cousins and friend’s little ones which is testament for quality.
Once I pry the frilly fairy tulle of my girl it looks like we will be headed back to the store to grab some more skirts for the school year. I suppose it could be worse, she could be demanding leather goods.