Why Every 3-Year-Old Needs a $10,000 Fall Wardrobe

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sunglasses girlDoes 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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Todd Vrancic

Why spend thousands on clothing they will outgrow in five minutes anyway?

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I guess my comment would be who cares what she spent on her daughter's wardrobe? If they have the money to do that, more power to them. Maybe instead of writing a snarky, critical article about a parent's choices, you could have decided to shine a light on someone doing good.

the4m... the4mutts

I'm envious that they have that level of disposable income, but its theirs to do with, what they want. I don't judge her MUCH. She earned the money. Its hers.

But it makes me think of all the GOOD I could do with 10,000$ at the change of every season.

Sure, I would do some nice things for my family. No doubt. But 90% of that money would go to the Bakersfield City School District, and the Jameson Center, and the Battered Women's Shelter. Wow. 40,000$ DISPOSABLE income, spent on clothes. I could make my entire neighborhood better for everyone with that money.

Marcella Shambles

If they can afford it with out going ass deep in debt - more power to them.  I shop at a combo of 2nd hand stores, Wal Mart, Sears, etc.  But that is MY budget.  Some peoples budgets are 2nd hand and/or free, others are Foley's and Lord & Taylors, and others are - hell I don't even know where to buy a $500 dress much less a $1000 one.  What ever is in YOUR budget.

Marcella Shambles

Oh and @the4mutts - if you had that kind of money every year do you think you'd still be living in the same place and your kids would be going to the same school(s) that you do now?  I bet these type of people have a LOT more then $40k disposable income, but this article only focuses on this ONE way they spend some of it.  Well, at least I'm assuming that this is true, cause it would be for me if positions were reversed.  What a dream to have that kind of cash - all the good you could do for others - as well as spoil yourself and your own!  Giving of some kind should be in everyone's budget, even a little helps a lot.

MsRkg MsRkg

Why hate on those who have the power to provide such things for their children? It's their money to do with as they wish.  This sounds more like a jealousy-inspired article than anything else, because I'm sure if you had income to dispose like that, you would be doing the exact same thing as well.

the4m... the4mutts

Marcella- yes, actually. I was born & raised here, and don't ever plan on leaving. This is MY house, and even if I won 5 million dollars, I would never leave it. I would pay it off, so I never had another mortgage payment, but I would stay.

My kids school is full of nationally accredited teachers, and have done nothing but good for my children. I would keep them there, and give back $$ to the school to support them & thank them for all they do.

I'm a modest living type person. Money, doesn't matter much in the grand scheme of things to me.

And BTW, I could afford to leave Bakersfield, put my kids in private school, and buy a bigger house & new cars.

Instead, we put into a savings to travel with the kids in their high school years, and to retire on.

As for your "a little helps a lot"... did you even bother asking if I DO help a little? I donate items & money every year to the Jameson Center & Battered Womens shelter, and my kids' school. They're my favorite charities. But if I could do more, you bet your ass I would! This community has treated me well my entire life, and I feel I owe it to the community to do ALL I can, and wish I could do more.

the4m... the4mutts

I may hate people in general. I'm anti-social and an asshole. But I know what side my bread is buttered on. I know how I want my kids to grow up, how I want them to remember me when in dead & gone. I believe in small town mentality, and knowing your neighbors. Its a gift to my children to do what I do, and to instill the mentality in them that you should always WANT to do more, even if you can't.

Charity starts at home, and home is Bakersfield, California.

jhslove jhslove

I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Mommi... MommietoJB

They grow out of clothes so fast and also children that age in general want to wear spiderman and hello kitty. I dont see it as something that would make a child at that age happier but its their money and their child.

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