These are Immy’s favourite socks – blue with lions. Of course, its probably because of the song we sing every time we put the lion socks on, “I’m a great big lion, creeping through the jungle….” Somehow singing about plain white or pink socks is not quite the same. Oh, and yes, those are grey trackpants my daughter is wearing with her blue and grey socks!
Immy wears blue and she also wears pink, and green and red and orange and yellow, clearly grey, and even black at times. I don’t have a problem with her dressing in ‘boy’ colours and often like the change from the pink, girly frou frou.
Not that Immy wears alot of frou frou. She seems to spend more time in comfy trackpants, jeans or loose pants than skirts or dresses. My fault really as it always seems to be more practical. Immy is an active toddler, who loves to run and jump and climb and slide and dance, all of which seem alot easier to do in pants (or shorts, once the weather is warmer). When we are at home, we spend chunks of time playing in the garden and when we are at playgroup or toddlergym or visiting the park, Immy spends alot of time engaged in physical activity, so whether at home or out and about pants just seem a practical option for a toddler mastering so many new physical skills.
I think this post came to mind at our last visit to toddlergym where I observed a little girl (probably about 3 years old) struggling to get onto the rope swing because of the full skirt she had on. It was a beautiful skirt, dusky pink, velvety and adorned with sequins, and knowing 3 year olds I am sure the little girl insisted on wearing it as she got dressed that morning. And I am all for choosing your battles!
I know that there are lots of pretty little girl outfits and thanks to the generosity of family and friends, Immy owns quite a few, and I should probably make more effort to put her in them for more than just ‘special’ occasions (though it does currently require more effort as her hanging clothes do not hang in her own room – no wardrobe!)
I am not saying that Immy never wears dresses or skirts and I am sure that the time is not far away when she is more insistent about what she wears (though, don’t you worry, she is already developing little opinions of her own on this very subject), I just hope that she is happy wearing her comfy ‘practical’ play clothes for a little longer. That way I can worry just a tiny bit less about her tripping or falling or getting tangled. And it certainly makes the washing/drying/ironing cycle much easier too!
What about you? Do you go for practicality or fashion-ability? Or have you found a magic formula that combines both? Love to hear your ideas and solutions in the comments below.