“I think the ladies will be impressed by my style sense,” President Barack Obama confidently said at a Gap store, where he picked out sweaters for his daughters and a workout jacket for wife Michelle. I must say, Obama made some good choices, but he is the PRESIDENT of the United States; he is responsible for trying to make LOTS of good choices every single day. It's safe to say that he can be trusted in making fashion choices for his girls.
But you know which man I don't trust to dress his daughter?
(Honey, if you are reading this, I'm so sorry, it's nothing personal, but you are a boy and just don't know how to dress a little girl.)
I love fashion, I love clothing, and I especially love apparel made for little girls. There are so many fabulous options out there, from cute party dresses to adorable tunics and jeans. I tend to dress my daughter in pieces from smaller designers or I pick up pieces from limited-edition lines from Target or H&M. The last time my husband bought a piece of clothing for our daughter, he bought a Perry the Platypus shirt. Yes, we all love Phineas and Ferb, but the characters belong on our TV, not on her T-shirts. Then there was the ill-fitting dress and the skirt that looked more like it was made for Holly Hobbie circa 1983. Yeah, dressing our daughter really should be left to me.
I asked a few fellow moms whether they let their husbands dress their kids, particularly their daughters. "No way," replied one. "Every time he does buy her something, I end up returning it." Another said, "He can't even buy his OWN clothes, let alone clothing for our kids!"
This got me thinking, how many dads successfully buy clothing for their kids? Are there many men able to make style decisions for their children that everyone likes? Now, the operative word here is "style." If your kids dress in purely utilitarian ways -- jeans, t-shirt, sneakers -- then this is less of an issue. But if the child is a fashionista in training (like my own 8-year-old) or if the mother has strong opinions about how she wants her kids to be dressed (like me), then having dad buy clothes will be an issue.
Obama picked out some good basic pieces for his girls. This is something other fathers can learn from. Go with something safe and basic -- unless you are familiar with fashion and trends. Do it for your daughters! Otherwise, just leave it to us moms.
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