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#1 Puggie

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:42 PM

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#2 Penny P Star

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:51 PM

QUOTE(Puggie @ Feb 21 2013, 10:42 PM) View Post

So - finally to my point. What does a preppie/FYOS or second YOS kids need in terms of non-school clothing items? Do you buy less? Better quality? How into their own 'style' are they at that age??

I am probably not the best to answer this given I prefer to buy myself clothes tongue.gif but I am spoilt in that my mum sews beautiful clothes to sell in childrens boutiques and she gives my girls first pick of each batch!

I have definitely found ELka needs waaaay less now with school uniform. So I do buy her more dressy nice clothes as they get less wear and tear now (and she has endless bday parties thanks to all the new friends, sigh!). But yes she has definite opinions on her clothes, she picks everything out of her cupboards each day and the ensembles can be a little ahem average! So I no longer shop for her without her there to have a say (obviously I tell her what she needs ie skirts/shirts etc)

And I have already lost the battle with my 2 yr old - she is the fussiest miss with clothes and shoes I have ever met! She refuses to wear things and flat out refuses to try things on, so if she likes something I snap it up in relief!

As for what a school kid needs - well I guess it does differ on your lifestyle, Elka is on the farm most of the time or swimming at the beach/theme parks so she has a lot of sturdy farm clothes or lighter summer clothes and as I mentioned lots of party clothes!

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:02 PM

We've only had a few weeks of this so I'm no authority but I imagine it will be much the same. My kids don't have a huge amount of clothes and I make them get changed out of their uniform after school as it is by far the most expensive outfit they wear and I don't want them trashing it. Sophie will always put on a dress straight away anyway.

My issue with Sophie is more about finding clothes that are age appropriate and fits her. She's a little beanpole but I think she's too old to be wearing those adjustable waists that get all bunched up around her bum. I also hate, hate, hate the sexualisation of our girls and it's amazing how the clothing change once you step up into the school age ranges - unless you go to the higher end stores, which annoys me because I'm not spending $50 on something that would take me a couple of hours to make. So that's basically what I do these days. Make them.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:13 PM

Yep they need far fewer clothes once they are at school.

I used to love buying Rosie a whole new wardrobe twice a year but these days I just buy a few things at a time. I rarely buy anything without her input however, she just won't wear things she doesn't like so it isn't worth it.

She needs some play clothes for after school and the weekend and as Penny P Star says, party clothes for the many birthday parties! They probably need more summer clothes because of the long summer school holidays.

Eddie is now 5 but he still fits into most of his preschool clothes. So his wardrobe is still quite extensive, but will start to reduce as he gets bigger.

I wouldn't say either of my kids has a sense of style, which is fortunate as I would not be happy if they did. To be honest I loathe the idea of little kids being fixated on what they look like and wanting to conform to a look. Of course they have likes and dislikes about colours and the feel of clothing (so for instance R finds jeans uncomfortable and won't wear them) but if they start faffing about in front of mirrors and fixating on accessories etc I would have very little patience with that. They are both very attractive kids and that will be unchanged regardless of what they wear.
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:14 AM

QUOTE(Puggie @ Feb 22 2013, 07:38 AM) View Post

Oh! I am glad I can still buy party dresses tongue.gif They're my fave!

Oscar is still happy to wear whatever I pull out of the closet - although he is starting to get firm ideas on what 'matches' (he's actually pretty good at it). In winter he likes to double layer (short T-Shirt over long T-Shirt) and he chooses some really great combos. Things I would never think of but which look great together!

Basically unless he's chosen things which clearly badly clash or he will freeze/swelter in I let him go for it. So far he's shown no interest in selecting particular clothes when we've been out shopping.

Delie is also happy to wear something I pick a lot of the time - but she is going through a phase of changing clothes 3 or 4 times a day. The only real 'issue' we've had clothing wise with her has been insisting on wearing her 'ballet clothes' to daycare one day (damn Angelina Ballerina rolleyes.gif) and a couple of times demanding to wear her gumboots.

She tends to prefer dresses to pants/shorts/skirts and tops. You can always pick when I have not ironed for a while as Delie starts wearing more separates wink.gif


You are lucky. A lot of little boys I know have very firm ideas of what goes together. One little boy will only wear all one colour or variants of, particularly green, he spent most of his kindy year looking like Kermie!

Sorry to be the one breaking this to you but re the 3-8 outfit changes a day - if Sophie and her friends are anything to go by, it's not a phase (or if it is, it's a really looooong one). Drives me potty the amount of laundry she creates!


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:42 AM

I'd love to have a child I could dress! Mine point blank refuses to wear anything she doesn't like. I have a stack of not pink clothing in her current size that have never been worn sad.gif It took me 3 days of pre-warning and encouragment to get her to wear her red Christmas dress lovingly made by Grandma last year rolleyes.gif

Grandma has learned though, her current batch of stuff for Hattie is apparently all pink tongue.gif
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

Will has no interest in what he is wearing. Angus is a little more fussy.

I think Will will need less now he is at school - I think I've got more than enough stashed away from last year that I won't really need to buy him anything except some cheap backyard type clothes.



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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:18 PM

QUOTE(Puggie @ Feb 22 2013, 10:38 AM) View Post


And I am with you on how sexualised some girls' clothing is. Gross! I want my girl looking like a girl not a prepubescent wanna be unsure.gif Natural fibers, longer skirts or leggins and nothing that shouldn't be showing, thanks!


Hate to tell you this but I still have an issue with this, except my daughter is at the older end compared with some of your little ones.

Zoe is 15, not 10 and not 18 and out clubbing and wanting to show of parts of her ody ( not that I think she'll be doing this my 'Miss Conservative') still struggle to find appropriate clothing for her, tan suits her and isn't too old or too young. She has no interest in wearing leggings all the time with inappropriately short tops that show too much of her, or shorts that barely cover her bottom wacko.gif

Seriously, who designs this stuff??

Sorry for the hijack, but I just hate it!


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:36 PM

QUOTE(SamIam @ Feb 22 2013, 04:18 PM) View Post

Hate to tell you this but I still have an issue with this, except my daughter is at the older end compared with some of your little ones.

Zoe is 15, not 10 and not 18 and out clubbing and wanting to show of parts of her ody ( not that I think she'll be doing this my 'Miss Conservative') still struggle to find appropriate clothing for her, tan suits her and isn't too old or too young. She has no interest in wearing leggings all the time with inappropriately short tops that show too much of her, or shorts that barely cover her bottom wacko.gif

Seriously, who designs this stuff??

Sorry for the hijack, but I just hate it!


I don't think it's a hijack. I'm really interested to hear about this (if Puggie doesn't mind). I want to know what I'm letting myself into. My 14 year old niece is really into fashion and has managed to avoid that look. I'll have a chat with her an see where she shops. There may be a few places that deliver.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

QUOTE(flowerrose @ Feb 22 2013, 07:36 PM) View Post

I don't think it's a hijack. I'm really interested to hear about this (if Puggie doesn't mind). I want to know what I'm letting myself into. My 14 year old niece is really into fashion and has managed to avoid that look. I'll have a chat with her an see where she shops. There may be a few places that deliver.


Thank you!
I generally get her things from Katies - the don't have as much skanky stuff as the likes of Femme Connection and Supre dry.gif

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:41 PM

My gorgeous 'little' cousin just turned 18 and I've never seen in her shorts that show her bum, or tops that show her boobs yet she has still dressed age appropriately (ie still manages to look 'cool' or whatever the current word is).

I'm trying to think where she shops - when I've shopped with her when she's visited she's found things in little boutiques mostly. THe kind of shops where I might buy something, our mums (late 40s/mid 50s) might find something and she finds something.

I actually find more trouble finding things for me - I feel too old for the lovely clothes she wears and too young for the lovely clothes my mum buys! But that's another hijack!

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

Just to add to the range of opinions, my son is turning 6 next month and is in prep. He is still happy for me to choose his clothes (I purchase without him present so they are all my choice, but he will mostly put on what I lay out for him). I don't do licensed though he does have one Cars t-shirt (a gift) but he rarely chooses to wear it. And since he started school, he's definitely needing far fewer clothes (much to my disappointment - I too love to shop for him!). He's actually quite interested in what he wears and likes to look nice. He's never been a fan of trackies unless it's a 'home day' (his words!). So yeah, I'm afraid your justification for shopping for Oscar is about to get reduced!
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:33 PM

H isn't at school yet, but will start next year. He still lets me choose his clothes, but I've started asking him to pick his own to see what he comes up with. He's quite good at matching colours which I'm happy about wink.gif I bought them some winter clothes last week, and he was a bit choosy about what he wanted, picking bits and pieces.

C still has no say tongue.gif She will forever be dressed like a little girl - I have a tough time finding nice, age appropriate clothes and she's only one! Believe it or not, finding a plain jumper for her was rather tricky. Everything had glitz and sequins over it.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:07 AM

I can't comment on the school age clothes thing yet as we aren't there....

QUOTE(flowerrose @ Feb 22 2013, 11:14 AM) View Post

Sorry to be the one breaking this to you but re the 3-8 outfit changes a day - if Sophie and her friends are anything to go by, it's not a phase (or if it is, it's a really looooong one). Drives me potty the amount of laundry she creates!


... but this just set my stomach plummeting. I was really hoping that it was a phase we were going to grow out of soon (for us it has been 6 - 8 months so far). Honestly it drives me absolutely batty. It's not just the sheer volume of clothes, it's also the mess and havoc created in the drawers and wardrobe blink.gif .

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

QUOTE(SEA @ Feb 22 2013, 10:33 PM) View Post

C still has no say tongue.gif She will forever be dressed like a little girl - I have a tough time finding nice, age appropriate clothes and she's only one! Believe it or not, finding a plain jumper for her was rather tricky. Everything had glitz and sequins over it.


I don't find this hard to believe at all - I LOATHE the way little girl stuff always has embellishments. What's wrong with a plain colour? I hate all the sparkle and sequins and I'm over butterflies, fairies and flowers. Boring!! Actually, little boy stuff often has embellishments too...prints of skulls, monsters, dinosaurs etc etc...what's wrong with plain block colours for God's sake?

Re: little ladies changing their clothes five times a day - Miss Four is right on board with that trend. It's annoying but I also enjoy her independence. I have VERY strict rules about the way she is to leave her cupboard though...a few times of messing up every folded item had steam coming out of my ears and she has heeded the warning wink.gif I loathe some of her outfit choices (her matching abilities can be poor laugh.gif ) but I like that she's dressing herself and she's so proud of it. I also have rules about what she can and can't wear to kinder (3 days a week). To make up for three days where I choose on Fridays I let her go completely nuts and she wears whatever she likes...usually a barbie princess dress up dress rolleyes.gif





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