Oh, the things kids wear! Parents share their favorite kid-style stories
By Aimee Heckel
Target says your kids should love bright colored T-shirts with peace symbols and mustaches on them.
But your kid’s idea of fashion may be much different.
Oh, the things that kids wear. From wearing a life vest as a fashion accessory to putting their clothes on backward — intentionally — kids’ sense of style will always keep us on our toes, and laughing.
Here are some of our readers’ favorite fashion tales, in honor of back-to-school style self-expression:
“Elizabeth was so obsessed with soft fabrics, particularly satin, that she wore satin nightgowns over all of her clothes, whether to school or to the store. Years later, when she returned to the doctor’s office as a teenager, the receptionists were still calling her ‘the girl in the slip.’ Some fashion choices you can never live down.”
– Beth, of Loveland, Colo.
“In second grade, I wore a purple and black striped sweater with pink corduroys every other day so my mom could wash it.”
– Lee, of Loveland, Colo.
“I have a photo album of photos of my daughter’s best/worst self-created outfits. For example, when she was 2, she liked to put underwear on the outside of her pants. Then she went through a phase where she had to put stickers in the middle of her forehead before going anywhere (see photo). She also went through a legwarmer phase. Now she just refuses to wear shoes.”
– Justin, of Longmont, Colo.
“My daughter went to school with a little girl who would only wear the el cheapo polyester nightgowns with Disney princesses or Tinkerbell. To school. Every day. Her parents tried to say it was a skin condition.”
– Rebecca, of Detroit
“This is Andrew’s first day of ninth grade, with a giant mohawk. (See photo.) He got sent home because of the nuns making out on his jacket. I am lucky, though. Both of my boys love Goodwill. Seriously, they love flannels and weird, old man clothes. And wolf shirts. Goodwill is great for wolf shirts.”
– Laura, of Loveland, Colo.
“My 14-year-old son still wears most of his clothes inside-out and backward unless I catch him. He often walks from my house to a nearby hill. He can lose a shoe on the way and not notice, until he gets home.”
– Cale, of Loveland, Colo.
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