When Kids Dress Themselves (Results=Hilarious)

Last week, I shared some of my girls’ standout outfits — chosen by them, of course. (I could never come up with such daring and original ensembles!) And then I asked you to submit your kids’ best fashion creations. Readers and other Babble bloggers delivered — and here are the stunning results, complete with my own ridiculous color commentary (Get it? Get it? Color…Oh never mind).

Thanks for all the fabulous submissions. Enjoy!

  • The Cat’s Pajamas 1 of 15
    The Cat's Pajamas
    Princess chic meets flapper joie de vivre! Add a head wrap, scarf, striped stockings and opera-length gloves to a nightie and you're ready for a night on the town -- or in bed.

    Submitted by Danielle L.
  • Matching is for grownups 2 of 15
    Matching is for grownups
    Did this style-maker combine zebra stripes, florals and plaid? Oh yes she did--and the results are fabulous.

    Submitted by Family Style blogger Jaime Morrison Curtis
  • Earmuffs are back! 3 of 15
    Earmuffs are back!
    And how. They're the perfect way to top off a red sateen frock over jeans and floral print galoshes for a look that's fun, feminine and a little bit furry.

    Submitted by Michele T.
  • Wunderbar! 4 of 15
    Looking to add a continental twist to your spring wardrobe? Just add lederhosen-inspired shorts and dark socks to any outfit. Achtung, baby!

    Submitted by Alyson P.
  • Bookish Beauty 5 of 15
    Bookish Beauty
    Stripes: check. More stripes: check. Boa over a bright T: check. Add an across-the-shoulder mini purse and sneaks and you're ready to hit the bookstore in bestseller style!

    Submitted by Family Kitchen blogger Brooke McLay
  • A bold new look is coming to town! 6 of 15
    A bold new look is coming to town!
    Next Christmas, everyone is going to be wearing crop-top and capri pants Santa costumes. Trust me.

    Submitted by Catherine M.
  • Blankie Bombshell 7 of 15
    Blankie Bombshell
    A blankie is the ideal accessory -- especially when paired with faux-fir, sparkly shoes and a to-die-for Scandinavian-inspired ski hat.

    Read mom Sarah Buttenweiser's recent essay on Sensory Integration issues.
  • A look for every mood 8 of 15
    A look for every mood
    We can all relate, can't we? Sometimes you feel like stripes and dots. Sometimes a tutu. And sometimes you feel like putting on every single piece of clothing you own at the same time. Addie -- daughter of Baby's First Year blogger Casey Mullins -- proves that you can pull it off.

    See more of Addie's fashion statements.
  • Did you ever know that you’re my hero? 9 of 15
    Did you ever know that you're my hero?
    You're everything I wish I could be: someone who, when asked to get dressed by mom, puts these kind of inspired outfits together. Is that a prince in weekend casual wear on the left? And is that Batman's cousin Bat-SockMonkey-Man on the right? Whatever the case, it works!

    Submitted by Heidi B.
  • Look out, world! 10 of 15
    Look out, world!
    She's cool. She's confident. She's rocking a schoolgirl-style skirt, a striped shirt (with puppy!) and socks that pick up where the top left off. Add comfy yoga pants and you're dressed for playtime success.

    Submitted by Jen G.
  • Oh, My! 11 of 15
    Oh, My!
    It's the accessories that pull this colorful look together: The artisanal plastic beaded necklace and bright purple bow placed just so, and it's no wonder she looks so delighted!

    Submitted by Elizabeth S.
  • Sock (monkey) it to me! 12 of 15
    Sock (monkey) it to me!
    Word to the fashion wise: when choosing a hat to match your PJs, think comfort, think color, and above all: think monkey! Clearly, it's the must-have boys' accessory this season.

    Submitted by Christi W.
  • Break all the rules 13 of 15
    Break all the rules
    Go ahead. Pair a comfy, casual sweatshirt with the girliest of skirts. And forget about predictable flats or Mary Janes. Sport sandals are even better. Because sometimes it's good to be bad!

    Submitted by Marnie
  • Put a cape on it 14 of 15
    Put a cape on it
    Don't listen to anyone who says capes are only for superheroes and hobbits. Add one to any outfit and fly to new fashion heights!

    Submitted by Kristin B.
  • Keep calm and look AWESOME 15 of 15
    Keep calm and look AWESOME
    You're never to young to rock. The hats, the black shirts and jackets, the Union Jack t-shirt, and the jaunty red tie on the chap in the front send this fab four to the top of the fashion charts.

    Submitted by Family Kitchen blogger Shaina Olmanson.


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