Finding a Kid's Personal Style

Today, my “baby” is 7. She is the youngest of 3, but she has a personality and style all her own. She loves princesses and trains. She plays soccer and Barbies. She adores her big sisters and won’t stop squeezing the pets. She’s twirly and wild and fun.

And, she just shines.

We started the morning with her first birthday present. As per family tradition, it was a new outfit to wear to school on her first day of being 7. I spent more than an hour at Target, shopping for this kid. It was important to find something that fit both her personality and my budget.

It’s always a challenge with her, too. She has serious style, but it’s constantly changing. There was the year of the green — if color green wasn’t somewhere on the outfit, she was absolutely not wearing.

There was the year of the boots — I finally had to hide them in April because, seriously? There was the year of the sweater dress — the same one, over and over, until I finally bought it in another color. This year has been a challenge.

You see, it’s the year of the sundress, but it was 34° this morning. I considered another sweater dress (she does still love them!), but I think she’s already getting a few from her aunts. I thought about the hoodies she loves, especially when I saw the rhinestone and sequin options. Then I saw a pair of bright, shining silver shoes, and I knew they were totally her.

Back to the sparkly hoodies I went, plus I found a pair of clearance jeans with pink and silver designs to match. Dude. This kid will shine top to bottom, inside and out. And, the total cost? $32 — I love Target!

Do you keep your family festively stylish during the holidays? We’re giving away three $50 Target giftcards to brighten the season! To enter for a chance to win, simply comment on this post with a personal tip on how you dress your children conveniently — and with style — during the holidays!

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