Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I had four boys and then a girl: it’s hard for me to resist ruffles and flounces. And pink.
But my love and adoration of skirts (the poofier, the better) for little girls goes beyond the merely adorable and firmly into the practical.
Here are the five reasons I’m a big fan of skirts for babies, toddlers and beyond:
1) Skirts make an outfit out of nothing. Clara, my 3 1/2-year-old, gets tons of hand-me-downs from her older cousin Ruby. Because we’ve been so spoiled from the beginning — and because my girl is growing like a weed — I’ve been loathe to buy her many new clothes.
The great thing about a skirt is that even if the only other thing I can find in her dresser is a t-shirt and a pair of tights, ta-da! We have a cute outfit. I’ve even paired skirts with her older brother’s hand-me-down shirts for an adorably funky look.
2) Skirts work with almost anything. Skirts and leggings, skirts and tights, skirts and jeans, skirts and sweats, skirts and boots…heck, Clara’s even worn more than one skirt at a time (her idea, not mine, but it had a certain appeal.) Skirts also make it incredibly simple to add a little style to a basic, budget wardrobe.
3) Skirts are an easy way to dress up a casual outfit. If we’re going somewhere a little bit special and all I can find in Clara’s drawer are the basics, a ruffly tutu or silky skirt is the perfect way to give those leggings some pizazz.
4) Skirts don’t take much of a beating. My niece is hard on her clothes, so not all those hand-me-downs have been in the greatest condition. But one item that never looks beat-up? Skirts. I guess because they don’t get crawled on and aren’t the prime target for ice-cream spills, skirts just tend to stay nicer looking, longer. Plus if there is a small stain or tear it’s often hidden in a fold, pleat, or ruffle.
5) Skirts have a long life on either side of their size. Clara started wearing some of her 3T skirts before she reached two years old…and now that she’s almost four, she’s still wearing them!
With roll or two at the waist, a slightly-too-big skirt totally works, and when they get a little on the short side they can still pair well with jeans or thicker leggings. There are some from Clara’s babyhood days that she still wears for dress-up: they just look like tutus.
No doubt about it: skirts have helped me stretch Clara’s clothing budget while giving it an effortless infusion of cuteness and style. And let’s face it: they’re just plain fun to buy.
Are skirts an essential part of your daughter’s wardrobe?