10 Kid Clothing Demands That Can Drive a Mom Crazy
If you thought Miranda Priestly was hard to please, try convincing a toddler she doesn’t need to wear a tutu every day. Or a 4-year-old that not all pants come with stripes. Or your 8-year-old that a conscious choice to look “unfashionable” doesn’t mean dressing like Willy Wonka.
Fashion should be fun, not frustrating, but as any parent knows, that isn’t always the case when it comes to clothing your kids. As you’ll learn from the stories of these 10 moms below, the only strategy to dealing with the demands of your budding fashion plate is to, well, just give in, ride it out, and rejoice when it finally passes. It'll definitely be one of those lasting memories from toddlerhood. So embrace it, love it...and take lots of pictures and tease them later as teenagers.
Bonus: We've offered good-looking options to help you make it through, because it could be a looooong time before they move on to the next one. Kidding! (Not really.)
"My kid wore tutus. Every day for a whole year. Every damn day. We had so many tutus it looked like a unicorn threw up in her drawer. Age 3 was a rough one. She’s now 8 and did grow out of it, and into a total tomboy." –Megan
"At about 14 months, I had to stop buying character socks, like ones with Thomas the Train on them. My kid would constantly take off his shoes to look at them, so I switched to plain white socks so he wouldn't make a fuss and take off his shoes EVERYWHERE." –Laura
"My boy turned 3 in February. When spring hit, I tried to introduce shorts, but he would not wear them because, as he said, while crying hysterically, 'These pants are not long enough!' I had to drive him to Target one day before school and let him pick out his own 'short pants.'" –Mariel
"When my daughter was 4 years old, everything had to be matching, as in head-to-toe-exact-pattern matching. Black-and-white striped top, bottoms, even socks. It was a challenge to find it all. Plus, there were days that she looked like she broke out of a penitentiary." –Maureen
“My daughter will be 3 in a month, and we are in a dress phase. She demands to lie out clothes for the next day before bed and immediately wants to put them on when she wakes up, even if it is 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning.” –Sara
"My daughter has decided she's not 'fashionable,' and her clothes have to reflect that. So, she wants to mismatch EVERYTHING. She's 8 now, so it's not toddler-mismatch cute. She looks ridiculous!" –Nicole
“My son, 4, will only wear what he calls ‘soccer ball pants.’ This means any type of sporty pants with a stripe down the side. If it doesn't have a stripe, he won't wear them. He's been doing this for over a year and a half. For special occasions (like taking pics with Santa) we can convince him to wear real pants, but the second we walk in the door, he strips them off and asks for his soccer ball pants.” –Stefanie
“My one-and-a-half year old refuses to wear jeans, dresses, or overalls! She only wants to wear leggings, T-shirts, or onesies. She has successfully worn a romper two times but only because I bribed her with a cheese stick.” –Erica