Maybe you’re thinking, why would I take fashion advice from someone who dresses like a homeless princess? Well, that’s fair, but if anything can be said about the overly emotional almost-people known as teenagers toddlers, it’s that they’re honest. To. A. Fault. And WISE, people. Wise. (What is it they know about bread crusts that the rest of us have ignored for too long?)
So without further ado, here are five times my toddler was oh so right about fashion.
1. “If it doesn’t look good, it doesn’t matter if it’s ‘on trend.'”
As you can see in the heart-rending photo above, Emily hates my ponytail and prefers my hair “messy” (curly.) It doesn’t matter how much Kim Kardashian is rocking the mom bun. If it doesn’t look good on you? Skip it.
Good call this time, Emily, but save a little drama for Dad. He loves that stuff, you know.
2. “Dress for the job you want.”
Or just get dressed, really. The right outfit can motivate you into getting up and at ’em and be the first step to accomplishing your goals that day. The exception to this is activewear. Moms could sleep all day long in yoga pants … if that were an option.
3. “Mixing unexpected pieces creates new looks from your existing wardrobe.”
Granted, your look might be something more like “floral scarf + striped chunky sweater” than “Raggedy-Ann hat + diaper + French graphic tee,” but you get the idea. Mixing patterns or textures can spice up your fashion game. See how the wool really makes the red lettering pop?
4. “Sometimes looser is lovely. Always be comfortable.”
Even though I haven’t changed weight much since high school, my clothing size has gone from extra small to medium. No, this isn’t some sort of reverse diet plan; I just got sick of pulling shirts down and feeling restricted. Now, if I could only lift my foot above mid-calf, I, too, could scratch my itchy eyelids with my feet.
5. “If you love it? Go for it. Wear what makes your soul shine.”
Confidence and joy are captivating … just ask Belle here.
So, in the words of my 2-year-old, “You wook bee-u-tee-fo.”
And honestly? Don’t take yourself too seriously, princess. There’s not much a good laugh and a nap can’t fix.
Now, about that nap …