My daughter, since she's been three, has been picking out her own socks. Always mismatched...which is totally fine by me. Asserting herself and control and sense of style...all fine. I'd pick out the rest of what she'd wear...a shirt or dress, some cardigan, leggings or jeans. Done. She'd rarely care what I had selected, was pretty happy with my styling du jour. It was grooving right along.
However, recently, my daughter turned to me and asked to pick out her own clothes in the morning. Which, I have to say, is totally fine...but well, that means I have to really get in there and organize those clothes. Get rid of the stuff that I know doesn't fit, the summer-y items.
Not a huge deal and it needed to be done, but more than that, well, I'm sad to see this day come. We are now on the road of one less thing I'm in control over. We've now entered the Town of Wardrobe Negotiations. Granted, I'm still buying and placing the clothes in that closet -- so they aren't too short or inappropriate. But I'm totally flash-forward to the tween and teen years...and I'm a little freaked out.
Do you pick clothes for your kids? When did they start choosing their own daily outfits? How is shopping for clothes with your kids?