Tuesday, January 26, 2010

meticulously mismatched...

*this post has been in my drafts for over two weeks now...what is wrong with me???


Ruby loves to pick out her own outfits and get dressed all by herself. Generally she does a decent job on her own...sometimes though, we end up digging through her drawers together, switching and swapping until we can finally agree upon something. A tweak here or there is usually all that's ever needed to keep her from looking like we just picked her up from the orphanage. This morning, however, I almost couldn't believe my eyes...in fact, a double take was definitely in order when she proudly burst out of her room wearing a colorful striped turtleneck with a short-sleeved butterfly print jacket layered over the top, paired with some kitty cat printed leggings, a checkered skirt, and plaid shoes. When she matter-of-factly declared that she was all ready for school, I almost as quickly marched her back into her bedroom...but...the more I studied her, the more I fell in love with the whole picture; and for some strange reason, I refrained from opposing. I imagined her looking through her drawers and meticulously mulling over each article of clothing. I imagined her thought process as she paired and layered each element of her mismatched ensemble. I imagined the smile forming on her face as she slipped into each individual article of clothing, and then carefully layered one on top of another...and another...and another. As I played it all out in my mind, and then was witness to the larger-than-life smile painted across her spirited little face, I decided to just smile too, and then proudly sent her off to school...


9 comments:

Amy Eagleston said...

She is so cute. She can do no wrong and I love her sense of style. George likes to wear polo shirts with sweat pants and it used to bug me but now I am just glad he gets himself dressed and as long as everything is on frontwards I don't make him change.

Laurel said...

How adorable is she? We like to call this a "Christmas outfit" in my family -- where one just loves everything they got for Christmas just SO MUCH that they had to wear them all at once. ("Christmas outfits" can either be mismatched disasters OR strangely perfect and absolutely fabulous!) I love her.

disillusioned said...

THAT is an amazing outfit! Quite impressive!

Mary P.

natalie eve said...

i would say she has a knack for picking out stylish outfits. look out anthropologie.

Kelly and Jill Burk said...

I must say the outfit is adorable, great job Ruby! This too goes on in our household. Chloe is our layers girl, she layers and mismatches everything together. Must be the new trend, that us Mom's don't know about. ;0)

Rachel said...

She is such a little fashionista--just like her mom!

Cormac said...

aw ruby girl is so dang cute. I can't believe what a big girl she is i just want to bottle her up. loves

Cheri said...

Those were probably were her most favorite clothing! My 5 year old wanted to wear her fairy wings to school (Kindergarten) and instead of fighting it, I thought she is only 5 once and I enjoyed her moment of feeling beautiful with her. They are so precious!! Nicole, you are a wonderful mother!!

shannon said...

Ha Ha, I know how you feel! Amelia wears the strangest stuff, she looks like a wannabe clown sometimes and she is 9 almost 10. I just smile and say, "have a great day at school sweetie." I seem to put my foot down on really important days like Sunday's. OIH. God bless their little fashionista hearts. You gotta love em!