There’s a certain age when kids start becoming selective about what they want to wear, which is a sign that they’re becoming more independent little people. Congratulations mum – your baby is growing up.
From learning how to take care of themselves to understanding social etiquette, there are a number of benefits to letting your children pick their own clothes. But the most important one, in my opinion? Giving them an avenue to express themselves.
Clothing is a great way for kids to communicate to us how they’re feeling at any given moment. We decided to see what would happen if we gave kids the chance to decide what they want to wear (sorry parents). We took two special little people to H&M and gave them $59 to spend. The results? We kind of want them to style us now.
Meet Summer and Ante.
Summer and Ante excited for their shopping trip. Image: Supplied.
Five-year-old Summer has a fun, vibrant personality and her presence commands attention. She was bolting around the shop from stand to stand, commenting on everything that caught her eye.
Ooooohs and ahhhh I LOVE this! echoed around the store as she enthusiastically searched for her perfect outfit. It was amazing to see how confident she was in her opinions and preferences – this is one girl who knows what she likes and has a strong sense of self.
"She's always been really independent and known exactly what she's liked. She's been like that since the get go," says mum Rikki. "Summer has such an amazing, colourful personality: she's good fun and expresses herself in all areas of life. She adds so much light to our family."