What happens when you let your 3-year-old pick out your clothes for a week? Fashion blogger, actress, and art director Summer Bellessa decided to find out when she put her son Rockwell in charge of her outfits after three years of dressing him almost every single day. Not surprisingly, the pint-sized fashionisto made some interesting sartorial choices, from mixing up different shoes to layering unlikely shirts. Nevertheless, the experiment was a great chance to showcase the toddler's creative eye, while also bringing him closer to his mom.
So what did Bellessa learn from this experience? “A lot of being a mom is telling people what to do, and it was therapeutic for both of us to change roles, if even in this small way. He enjoyed having his opinions heard, but he was also done after a certain point,” the proud momma shares in an article on Babble. “I would recommend letting your little one pick your outfit one day this week and seeing how it goes. Not only will it be something that they remember, it was also be liberating.”
She continues, “I realized how little people really care about what you're wearing. The pressure we put on ourselves to look a certain way is just that: pressure we put on ourselves. I wore two different shoes for two days, and no one noticed until I pointed it out. You can be playful with your clothes, or casual or stylish, but it's really up to you. The last thing I learned from this experiment, is to find moments to be silly. Silliness is good for your kids and for your heart.”
The first few items were great: my Bob Dylan tee, with a gray skirt, and tights. I think I'll put this in my rotation. Fabulous choices, Rock.
But then before I could finish, he pointed to my nude heels.
“Are you sure you want to pair these tights with these shoes?” I leadingly asked.
“Yup,” he added without hesitation. “And the blue sweatshirt.”
This was probably my favorite day. These polka dotted Lula Roe leggings look great with my Mickey T-shirt. And although I wouldn't have worn it with these shoes, it does have a fun feel to it. It's almost like an homage to Minnie.
I was a little self-conscious running my errands that day, but again, to my surprise I didn't get one double-take or stare of curiosity. Instead, I got a woman who stopped me to tell me she liked my socks!
This outfit was a little more of a challenge. He picked out three shirts for me … and that's it.
“Mommy can't go outside without any pants on,” I explained to my 3-year-old. “How about we switch one of these shirts for a pair of pants?”
He nodded his head in understanding and pointed to the closest pair of pants. He also pulled out two pairs of shoes from a pile in my closet. I don't think he realized that they were two different shoes.
This shirt was picked out because it has arrows on it, and Rockwell loves arrows. He looked for pants that also have arrows, but had to settle on a pair of jeans.
He also pulled out two boots, a rain boot and a brown cropped boot. He looked at them and asked, “Are these close enough?”