I Let My Daughter Dress Herself for a Week & The Results Were, Well ... (PHOTOS)

Jeanne Sager | Aug 30, 2013 Being a Mom

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We have reached the point of no return, a "Y" in the parenting road. My daughter wants to choose her own outfit for the first day of school. She's 8. She has a very ... let's just say interesting ... fashion sense.

You can imagine my predicament. Perhaps you've been there? Perhaps your daughter dresses like mine?

Because I let her run a bit wild in her closet this summer, and the clothes she chose ranged from ragamuffin to "are you really going out like that?"

Honestly, I love her fashion sense ... or the lack thereof. It fills me with abject horror when we go out of the house, but it amazes me to see what she comes up with.

OK, amazes me and amuses me.

So I decided it was time I finally started documenting the crazy that is life with a little "fashionista." Something tells me that in the years to come, these will be the photos the whole family giggles over (her included ... I'm not being mean Mommy here; we're a family that laughs together).

Below is the evidence. If this doesn't make you want to run out and do the same with your daughter, then I don't know what will!

Do you let your daughter dress herself? Are you documenting it?!


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  • Ready to Cook


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    I told her to get ready, we were making breakfast. She came down in this.

    Lesson learned: When cooking, aprons are necessary. Pants are optional.

  • Ruffles


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    The skirt and the top are from the same store, but as you can tell, they were not sold as an outfit.

    Lesson learned: When in doubt, go with MORE ruffles!

  • Are You Ready for Some Football?


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    The football jersey and the soccer socks would indicate some feats of athleticism may be in the day's plans, but don't be fooled! There's no football OR soccer to be played in a Hello Kitty skirt and 3D glasses.

    Lesson learned: Don't assume ANYTHING.

  • It's a Tent


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    If this soccer jersey doesn't appear to belong to an 8-year-old, that's because it doesn't. She hit Daddy's t-shirt drawer to get dressed that day. At least the hat is her's (and the shorts underneath).

    Lesson learned: No one's closet is safe.

  • Scavenger Hunt


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    That hat? That's from a magic kit she got for her birthday. And those things on her arms? They used to be legwarmers.

    Lesson learned: Nothing is what it seems.

  • Not Too Shabby


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    Aside from the slightly odd pairing of this shirt and skirt, this was the more normal end of things ... and I'd probably let her out like this to school. In fact, that's the shirt she wants to wear on the first day.

    Lesson learned: All is not lost!

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