Does it really come as a surprise to anyone that some Manhattan moms think nothing of spending $650 on a dress or $400 on a pair of shoes ... for a 3-year-old? How about $795 on a Gucci backpack or $1,090 on a poofy leopard print coat? Sure, it sounds excessive, but consider the benefits of forking over enough cash to feed a small village on your little one's clothing.
It's like Dara Sandler of Manhattan, who spent $10,000 on her 3-year-old daughter's summer wardrobe (and plans to spend even more on her fall collection), says: "I really believe when she dresses like this, she feels better about herself."
Well, there you go. Who would dare to put a price on a child's self-esteem? Imagine -- just imagine -- the trauma of being the only kid on the bucket swings wearing Old Navy instead of Dolce & Gabbana. Shudder. That kind of emotional damage could seriously derail a toddler's developing sense of entitlement and superiority!
And that's not even the worst risk parents take by not treating tots like tiny little label whores. The most potentially dire consequence of all? YOU could lose your hard-won fashionista status!! Quelle horreur!!
As another elite NYC mom puts it, kids are "a walking billboard of you. They're a reflection of who you are, so if you are someone highly stylized, then you want to make sure your kids are the best-dressed kids out there."
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Too true. Besides, we don't want our kids growing up believing all these silly fairytales about children who go to bed hungry -- and not because they're counting calories, either! So depressing. And god forbid your child actually has a heart and grows up to be one of those do-gooder teens who tells you what a shallow person you are for spending thousands of dollars on a handbag instead of donating the money to charity. Ugh.
What do you think of moms who throw away thousands on toddler clothes?
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