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What Not to Wear: Preschool Edition

By ilanawiles |

This weekend I went back-to-school shopping for my two-year-old daughter, Mazzy. (That’s her in the photo at left, working her way through my closet.)

I’ve always been a pretty relaxed mom when it comes to getting my daughter dressed. I even let Mazzy choose her own outfits when she insists on it— she has a new obsession with “matching” so that alleviates most fears of her looking like she lives on the street.

As I was going through all the online offerings at places like Old Navy, Baby Gap, Zara, Children’s Place and Target, I realized I actually have a lot of rules about what my toddler should and shouldn’t wear to preschool.

Some rules are based on personal preference— like I tend to stay away from clothes that are too babyish (we’re over pale pink bunny motifs) and clothes that are too grown up (no navel grazing, thank you very much). But most of my rules make practical sense for any parent sending their kid to school for the first time.

Here are what I consider “The 7 Preschool Fashion Faux Pas”:

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What Not To Wear to Preschool

White or Creme

Yes, white is lovely and innocent. It is also a magnet for paint, dirt and spilled juice. White stays white for about 5 seconds. Even less time when your kid is away from a parent monitoring their every messy move. White looks a lot less lovely with green and orange streaks of paint down the front.
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Found at Zara

What clothing do you not recommend for preschool?

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Ilana Wiles writes Mommy Shorts, a humor blog geared towards new parents. She is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Blogs and one of The Huffington Post's top 20 women to follow on Instagram. She lives in NYC with her husband, 2-year-old daughter and a newborn baby girl. Read bio and latest posts → Read ilanawiles's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “What Not to Wear: Preschool Edition

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    I do the SAME thing with character shirts, but I love leopard print so it isn’t going anywhere ;)

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