With the impending photo shoot for my parents’ Christmas present, I realized how few truly dressy clothes my kids have.
Church is very casual out here, and we don’t ever take the kids to really fancy restaurants. I think in general the world is a more casual place. (Is that just being in the West versus the South? Or maybe just that our winter wardrobes are more sparse since it’s hot for so long here.)
I also think the terrible economy has impacted what I am buying for the kids. An outfit can’t just work for Sunday. It has to work across multiple days and settings.
Walsh has khakis and collared knit shirts but only one button-down dress shirt and it was for Easter.
Rose has dresses that are appropriate for church and school so they are not super fancy.
Lilina is the only one that has dressy stuff mainly because it has been passed down from Rose. Also I am willing to pay $20 for a poofy dress for her at Target but Rose’s size would be a lot more expensive.
So for the photo and for holidays at church, I did go and buy some dressier clothes for the kids.
I bought Walsh a dressy white collared shirt that he can wear to usher at church, for the photo, for Christmas and for his First Communion in the spring. (We are going to get some use out of that shirt.) I also got him a snowman tie (less use) and a pair of dark blue slacks.
Rose got a silver and black sweater tunic with some dressy pants that she can use for church and could use at school for a special occasion.
But now the shoes are the problem. (This $10 photos is costing me a lot of money!) I used to buy dress shoes for church and regular shoes for school but now we’re making do with school shoes at church.
Rose has black flats with a strap that she can wear both places but are a little casual for the photo. Lilina sometimes wears her bedazzled tennis shoes or Rose’s old dress up shoes. Walsh is currently wearing blue suede tennis shoes that look fairly dressy with long pants. No one is looking at your feet at church but in a photo, it may be bad. But I’m not willing to buy shoes just for a photo.
Are you buying dress up clothes for the kids or does everything have to work for multiple settings?
If you are not buying dress up clothes, is it because places seem more casual overall or because you can’t justify spending the money for something to be worn to church or a special occasion?