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The Horror!

Jezebel managed to steal a 1972 Sears catalog from somebody’s basement that featured children’s fashion. And I’ve promptly stolen the pictures from them, because this kind of horror is the kind that has to be shared so that other people can suffer along with you. And just think, I wore crap like this! And thought I was cool!

These chicks look like they could use an attitude adjustment. Because nobody should look that smug with strawberries on their pockets.

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It seems that fruit was an overarching theme for 1972.

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These pants leave me completely speechless. Uh, at least they were good at hiding stains? And who else remembers those horrible jumpers that took you forever to get out of when you had to go to the bathroom?

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And don’t think that the boys managed to get away unscathed. I want to know who thought wide-striped dress pants were a good idea.

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Oh Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin would never have worn something so utterly dorky. The laces on those shirts practically scream out for a bully to grab them.

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Finally, we see that no mercy was available even for babies. The little boy looks like he is beseeching his mom, “Why, Mom? Why would you put me in miles of scratchy polyester?”

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Listmania! Kid’s Clothing Bargains Under $30

I’ve found some bargains for kid’s clothing out there on the great wide internet and will now pass them on to you. You’re welcome. Keep in mind, though, that these are for the upcoming spring/summer season and aren’t as cheap as the deals you can now get on winter clothes.

PhotobucketGirls Plaid Tie-Belt Sundress $24.00

PhotobucketRuffle-Trim Henley Tanks for Baby $5.00

PhotobucketBoys Graffiti-Floral Board Shorts $12.00

Photobucket<Dinosaur Graphic Tees for Baby $6.00

PhotobucketToile Dressicon$19.90

PhotobucketPumpkin Patch Embroidered Dressicon Toddler $26.90

PhotobucketDresden Plaid Shorts
icon Big Boys $12.00

PhotobucketPolka dot dress Infant/Toddler $14.62

PhotobucketAuthentic Carpenter Jeans Boys $9.99

PhotobucketSpring Eyelet Dress Infant/Toddler $22.12

PhotobucketPlaid shorts Boys $12.37

PhotobucketSweater Vest Infant/Toddler $10.87

The World’s Most Stylish 8 Year Old Boy

GQ has crowned Arlo Weiner, son of Mad Men creator Matt Weiner, the most stylish 8 year old.

Arlo puts all of his outfits together on his own, blending classic pieces with modern twists. I have to say, the boy’s definitely got an eye for colors and how they play off of each other in an outfit. Love the mixing and matching of the patterns, too.

Karl had better make way for the style icon of the future!

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All I know is that I’m planning a playdate for Arlo and the Munchkin so that perhaps Arlo can give him some tips.

The Littlest Runway Models

Yohji Yamamoto (Y-3) for Adidas brought out the young ones to their runway show this week in New York.

It’s probably just me, but I find their round, innocent little faces an odd juxtaposition with some of the “tough” streetwear. And truly, any one of those outfits definitely costs more than most of mine! The shoes alone will run you around $160.00.

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It seems that black is the new black.

I like black, but on kids I tend to go for more vibrant colors. I mean, if all they wear is black in their pre-teen years, where is the opportunity for rebellion?

Extra! Extra!

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Supposedly, the newsboy cap is making a comeback.

Seriously.

Or at least The Children’s Place is attempting to harken back to that golden pre-child labor law era.

I’m not sure if it’s a good idea. I like when boys wear hats, although many boys would rather eat worms than wear a hat other than a baseball cap, especially one as singular looking as a newsboy cap.

This cap seems more like something a mom would buy whilst perusing the store, thinking how cute her son would look in it. What she fails to envision is her son tossing it off every two minutes.  The idea is good.  The execution, much harder. 

I’m rather fond of the patchwork version above, although I am not the target audience for this hat, so I’m pretty sure I don’t count.

Bagging and Sagging

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I’ve written about it before, and it looks like I’m going to be writing about it again. I thought perhaps back then it was a toddler-ish phase, but it seems to be here for the long haul.

It’s official. My son hates clothes.

Well, unless they are the baggiest, most unconstructed clothes ever made. He hates pants with a rise that he deems too low, an inseam that is too high, pants with big pockets on the back, shorts that have any type of tailoring, long shirtsleeves that aren’t loose enough to fit a whole other arm into them, wearing a sweatshirt or hoodie over long sleeves, and any other number of things that I don’t know are wrong until he puts them on and has a fit.

I thought that by having a boy, I would be able to throw pretty much anything on him and it would be a go. That was somewhere in the “having a boy” contract, if I remember correctly. I evilly chortled to myself that it was the parents of girls who would have all the fights about clothes. I, however, was on easy street.

Instead, I have this child of mine who literally screeches in protest that he WILL NOT WEAR THIS (insert name of offending item)! I CAN’T MAKE HIM keep something on that is BUGGING HIM!

The kid has a point, to be sure. Now that he is plenty old enough to dress himself, I don’t fancy myself wrestling a six year old over a pair of shorts. I really do try and pick my battles, and forcing him to wear clothes that chafe or whatever seems like a stupid one.

So I figure I am out probably at least a couple hundred dollar’s worth of clothes for this season that are awarded the title of UNCOMFORTABLE!

I see a future filled with baggy, loose clothing that only a pro basketball player could love.

Sigh.

The Back-to-School Shopping that Never Was

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I’ll admit it. 

I didn’t really do any back-to-school shopping.

Despite all the hype that builds up in August and September about needing to stock up on clothes, I asked myself, why?  Besides, school started for us back in July.

I don’t live far from major shopping centers, so there was no marathon shopping trip needed due to lack of access.  I could see how that might be an issue in smaller cities, but wouldn’t internet shopping be sort of a blessing in that case? 

Also, I don’t live in an area of the country that has an early fall.  In fact, there are Thanksgivings where we are able to still dress in sandals, capris, and short-sleeved shirts.  So I felt utterly no compunction to buy a bunch of long sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, and pants when they would just take up valuable real esate in the Munchkin’s dresser until late October.

So I seem to be just sort of piecing his wardrobe for fall and winter here and there, whenever I see a good price.  Can you say a pair of Skechers for $15? Or Ralph Lauren pants for $10? Yeah, patience rakes in the deals for sure.

But the sad part is, I’m still pretty sure he has a better wardrobe than I do. 

Because I Give a Hoot

Dear Mom to Your Couldn’t Have Been Older Than 12 Year Old Son,

Come a little closer to me.   Yes, a little closer now…

Sorry, but I really needed to give you a good smack upside the head.

Because what are you thinking, allowing your young, impressionable son to wear this in public?

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Oh, let me guess. You weren’t thinking at all, were you?

I was truly speechless to see a boy sporting such a shirt as this. I already question people who dine at Hooters with young kids, much less those giving a hearty two thumbs up to wearing a Hooters T-shirt. I thought about trying to give you the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you fought him tooth and nail on this, and compromised with permission only if he read 30 books in a year, and then he could wear it once.

I’m guessing, however, that this wasn’t the case. And it wasn’t Dad’s shirt, because the shirt fit your son quite well.

And yes, I am going to judge you. Because we are lying to ourselves if we think we don’t judge people by what they wear. We may try not to, because we all know that it is what’s on the inside that counts. But when I am sharing a restaurant with you and am forced into staring at this lovely graphic during my meal, I’m just not inclined to look much deeper than the shirt.

So Mom, I’m going to look askance at you. With a son that young, you should be able to put your foot down and insist that he cannot wear it out.

Or how about this revolutionary idea, that this particular piece of clothing do a little disappearing act from the closet altogether? Or some “accidentally” spilled bleach? Or claiming it was the only item around while the cat was having kittens?

If you need more ideas, you know how to reach me.

Smooches,
Glinda

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