Disclaimer: This post is written firmly tongue in cheek. After some very questionable outfit choices recently, I have developed a checklist for my husband. I’m sure not all dads are incapable of creating a co-ordinated outfit..! And, obviously this is all to suit my taste in clothes :)
I love my husband dearly, he is a wonderful father. However, his colour sense is non-existent. In fact, he firmly believes that the only colours that exist are those to be found on a snooker table. As for colour co-ordination, not a chance. Throw in patterns and he’s in full on panic mode.
When the boys were little and he was left in charge, they occasionally resembled clowns, or rainbows. But, short of a picture on a t-shirt, their clothes were largely self-coloured. He couldn’t go too far wrong, clowns aside.
The introduction of a girl into our midst however, with the accompanying flowers, stars, stripes, spots and sparkly things… Well, it’s been too much.
Now, granted, the easiest thing would be for me to lay clothes out the night before. But, I never remember until we have switched out the light and closed the wee girl’s door. Equally, I could get her dressed every morning, but during the week our traditional division of labour involves my husband dressing the kids while I have a shower… Not willing to give up my morning shower, or get up any earlier than I already do, I have tried to develop a simple checklist for him!
This is a work in progress, each time she appears in another creative outfit, I add a further point…
1. Tight top plus baggy bottoms (e.g. T-shirt and jeans)
2. Baggy top plus tight bottoms (e.g smock/dress and leggings/tights)
I admit, I’m not a fan of a short, tight t-shirt with leggings, and as for a big baggy top over a pair of baggy jeans: she’s not a teenage boy!
3. Shorts are not appropriate in the cold and rain, even when they qualify as a baggy bottom with a tight top, unless worn with tights…
Checking the weather before dressing her avoids having to change her…
4. One pattern at a time (just to avoid disaster)
Two patterns can work, but choosing two that do is beyond my husband’s fashion skills.
5. One bright colour at a time (no clown outfits…)
As lots of her tops have multiple colours, points four and five have generated point six:
6. Leggings/tights should match the predominant colour in the top (certain unlikely colour combinations do work, but sitting down with a colour wheel and explaining complimentary colours would take too long, so this rule keeps it simple!)
And, following on from that:
7. Although it may be tempting to dress her head to toe in a single colour to avoid the above issues, resembling one of the Blue (pink, yellow, purple) Man Group is not a good look.
8. Tutus are appropriate wear at any time (!), but try to at least co-ordinate with a nice t-shirt and leggings/tights.
Last week we had a tutu over baggy tracksuit bottoms…
9. Allowing her to choose her own clothes is fine, but try to limit that to one item at a time, this will make creating an ‘outfit’ easier :)
And, last, but not least!
10. If at a complete loss, please ask!
The aims of this list are two-fold; to minimise sighs (mine), irritation (ours) and bickering, and to limit the number of days where I change her outfit at the first available opportunity…
Do you have any tips to add?!