Gone are the days that my daughters will tolerate matching poofy dresses for the holidays. The best I can possibly hope for now is to at least not have them clash. Plus, while two of my daughters adore dressing up (assuming they got to pick the outfit), my other daughter and my son pretty much hate it.
And the fact is, kids who are feeling miserable in their clothes rarely look good in holiday photos.
In an attempt to find some common ground while planning our holiday card photo, I sat down with each of my kids and had them put together their “dream” outfits on Target‘s website. Oddly enough, three out of four kids picked outfits that would totally coordinate, without any discussion about it. The fourth kid picked a different color palette, but when she saw what her siblings had picked, she put together a second choice that would go with the others’ ensembles.
Kids definitely are happier about clothes when they get to have at least some say in them. Younger kids do well with limited choices: “do you want to wear the blue shirt or the green one?” With older kids, it’s great to give them more input. If you know you’re going to buy new holiday clothes, for example, show them what your budget is and have them try to figure out an outfit within that budget. (Mwahahahaha, they’re doing math.)
I have to say, I love the outfits my kids picked out. The outfits would absolutely be appropriate for our family’s holiday events, and definitely show their individual personalities and style. All of the outfits could be worn on more than one occasion, and because it’s Target, of course everything is reasonably priced.
Check out my kids’ style selections below and see if something inspires you for your kids’ holiday clothes!
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