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What Happens When You Let a 6-Year-Old Buy Their Own Outfit?

Shopping at Target

I don’t like to think of myself as being too much of a control freak and/or a  helicopter mom. But there are certain things I routinely “manage” in regards to my daughter’s actions. I always insist that she says “please” and “thank you.” I always make sure she eats her vegetables. And I always make her clothing purchase selections for her. Now, the selecting and buying is generally where my two cents stop. I allow her to assemble the outfits and to pick what she wants to wear on any given day, but the actual decision making of what items end up in her closet had been left up to me…until now.

She’s at the age now that she can make her own fashion choices, and to do so wisely. And finally, this picky mommy (me) decided to let her select an outfit – from head to toe – from Target’s kids’ section.  We had a Saturday afternoon, I had just had a big cup of coffee, and we were ready to go. Oh, and I set a timer. But as it turns out, this mother/daughter social experiment was harder than I thought. The reason?

She had so many different choices of styles and “oh my god, I want this so bad,” moments that it was hard to trim it down the options to just one outfit. I did give her some parameters when we started. She could pick out one outfit that included hair accessories to clothing to shoes but PJs and/or a tutu could not be included. It had to be an ensemble that she would wear proudly and out and about on our city streets.

We piled our cart with items from the Circo line to Disney Artists to Cherokee to D-Signed to Harajuku Mini. There were things that were my favorites and things that were hers. Things that were so popular that they had run out of her size, to things that looked adorable on the rack but just didn’t fit her regular everyday style. After the on again, off action action of the dressing room, she finally settled on one outfit. A shirt, skirt, shoe and glittered glove ensemble that she was proud of, and seemed to speak to her inner pop star. And how long did it take her to finally edit down her choices to one “perfect” outfit? One hour and seventeen minutes.

You can check out what she selected below:

She selected the:

D -Signed Girls’ Party Skirt $16.99 here

D -Signed Girls’ Peplum Top $14.90 here

Xhilaration® Girls’ Fingerless Gloves $7.99 here.

Girl’s Cherokee® Genice Flat – $17.99 here.

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