Do Kids Have a Style Gene?Stacie Haight Connerty
The photo to the left is my child at the age of three. She loved hairbows. In fact, she loved them so much that this particular day she decided to wear every single one she had (note the coordinating jewelry – not pictured were the matching purse and shoes with hairbows). People ooh’d and aah’d at her. They told her how great she looked and commended her on her style. She did this again every day for weeks until came up with some other fashion statement.
She has lived her life like this, and now four years later at the age of 7, nothing much has changed. She still has a great eye, coordinates great outfits and always accessorizes them accordingly. Did I mention that she asks me to take a picture of every single outfit she wears? This was her tonight after commenting, “I love how my pink shoes really look cool next to my black and white dress. And my blue purse makes it all look great!” Check her out:
I have often wondered if this child has a style or fashion gene. Something intrinsic that causes her to pick things up and know what goes together plus what will look good on her. Others have commented on it. My husband and I have talked about it as well.
The article, Fashionista Kids Apparently Have a Style Gene’ seems to disprove my theory by stating a child is ” a consumer who can only exercise her agency via adult parental proxy, in a marketplace that is designed and run by adults. Adults whose job it is to pay attention to trend forecasting reports and Pantone’s colors of the season-after-next.”
They say no but I say yes. This theory may be true if we only shopped at one store but honestly I cannot even tell you how many stores (both online and in person) we shopped at to compile my daughters wardrobe. It is more than 20.
This isn’t Garanimals where she matches the tags. She picks shoes from one place, a purse from another and a dress from yet another. They may not even be from this season. She puts them all together and comes up with something great. Something that she loves and something that I say: YES. She does have a style gene.
DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE A STYLE GENE?
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