A few years ago I was heading back from the bathroom during David Beckham’s first game for the Los Angeles Galaxy. From afar I saw a woman and a toddler, dressed nearly identically in white. They left me breathless. As they grew closer and clearer, I realized it was Katie Holmes (surprisingly tall, even when little Tom’s not next to her) and tiny Suri Cruise.
It was exciting at first, but then I felt cheap that a moment of pure beauty turned out to be just celebrity worship. Still, they were decked out fabulously.
And now I learn that maybe it was Suri’s doing.
Katie tells New York magazine that Suri is her fashion consultant and sometime stylist.
“She says, ‘I want this sleeve cut,’ and it's like, ‘Okay, we'll cut it.’ She picks out all of her own clothes and has since she was 1½. Tom and I went to the Met ball a couple of years ago, and I had this beautiful red gown and these royal-blue shoes that I wasn't planning on wearing, but Suri made me put them on and so I was like, ‘Okay, I trust you.’”
Yes, the “isn’t my rich child precious!” business is sure to bring some eye rolls. But I agree that toddlers have much to teach us when it comes to fashion. Some tips:
1. Always carry extra clothes: After lugging around a diaper bag loaded with extra outfits, it struck me that I spilled on myself as often as my daughter did, and she was just as likely to barf on me as herself. So I took to tossing in an extra shirt for me. This eventually led to a full-fledged adult diaper bag, with a variety of clothing options. And it need not just be practical. It’s great to be able to change outfits in an instant if social circumstances or moods change. Going from sandy park to mall to dinner? You’re all set. Plus you've got a pre-packed bag if you ever need to go on the lam.
2. Buy onesies!: Tough to find in adult sizes, but they’re slimming and make any top stay tucked and sleek.
3. Pick a favorite color and make it your trademark: My toddler nephew wanted to wear only orange. My daughter in her toddler time wanted to wear only pink (a ploy I’m sure she devised to piss me off). Please don’t make it orange or pink, but choosing a color that suits you best and building your style around it. Think Joan Jett, Tom Wolfe, or any Wes Anderson character.
4. Don’t wash your hair so often: The hell of untangling wet washed hair on a wee one keeps us all from washing it nightly. Give yourself the same consideration. Freshly washed hair looks silly and frizzy. The best product you can use is a day or two of nothing.
5. Keep it simple: You know your child looks most beautiful in a simple cotton dress, with frills and jewels kept to a minimum. Chances are it’s true for you, too.
What has your toddler taught you about fashion?