Parenting Lesson 32 - Making my child look and feel the best

Topics covered in this lesson-

  1. How to select clothes for a special event?

  2. How do I select clothes design for my child?

How to select clothes for a special event?

Dressing is an art obviously, the art of knowing how to carry ourselves during various occasions we partake in. The occasions dictate how we should dress to suit the mood of the events. Dressing for any occasion is about paying respect to the occasion and the people around you. Here below we present to you an easy guide to dress codes for every occasion.

● Wedding: A wedding usually is a black-tie or a white-tie event unless the bride and the groom have decided to theme it to some movie they love. Women should always keep in mind to steer clear of the white dresses in weddings as the colour white is just for the bride. Put on the best gowns you have. It is floor-length gowns for weddings, but the etiquette rules are softening, knee-length dress is equally fine. Accessorize according to the mood of the event.

● A cocktail party: A cocktail party is largely an informal social gathering where you dress almost-formally; so, the dress code for a cocktail party is “dressy-casual” i.e. semi-formal. Men’s cocktail attire accommodates suit, coat and tie while women’s attire is a knee-length dress with some frill. It’s acceptable if your dress is a little above your knee but you should always keep in mind that there’s a thin line between being sexy and being vulgar.

● A dinner party: Suit up in your cocktail attire if it is a formal dinner party. It is always wiser to ask the host for advice. You don’t want to offend your host at their own table, do you? So, don’t overdress. Also, you risk offending your dinner companions if you underdress.

● An Interview: A job interview is one of the most important days of ones’ life. You’ve got to make a good first impression which, for the most part, decides that you remain, or you leave. A suit is the standard attire for an interview. Your attire should reflect that you are disciplined and committed, so look polished. If you are at loss, making a call to the HR executives to inquire about the attire is perfectly acceptable. It shows your respect for the company and interest in the job.

How do I select clothes design for my child?

While there are a wide range of dresses to choose from, one should always keep in mind what the child is comfortable in. For example, when it comes to fashion or comfort, it is always comfort as far as the baby girls are concerned. It is imperative that the parent chooses a dress which is both comfortable as well as elegant. For a special occasion the dress needs to be classy and elegant but at the same time comfortable as well. Make sure that what touches the baby’s skin is cotton and not a synthetic fabric. This will give room for her skin to breathe and make her less cranky.

Choose high-quality fabrics – you need to opt for soft and natural materials. Cotton is the best choice for newborn babies and remains the best option for toddlers and bigger kids too. Fleece is also a great material for colder weather.

Choose machine-washable clothes – you need to be practical. Babies are messy and hence you’d better opt for machine-washable clothes.

Buy larger clothes – babies grow very fast, so it is advisable to buy clothes that are little larger. Keep in mind, that cotton also shrinks a bit after washing, so if you buy something that is a perfect fit, you may not be able to put it on after the second washing.

Avoid fancy clothing – it is important to be able to dress and undress your baby quick, so opt for clothes that will facilitate the process and not hinder it. Too many straps, buttons and the like are not recommended as they can also irritate baby’s skin or be a choking hazard. In addition, they usually hinder baby’s movements and are not very comfy to wear. Kids like to have control and you can let them have their input about selecting what to wear. If you have a toddler between 2 and 4, you can start by offering them two options to choose from. Thus, you select the appropriate clothes for the weather or the occasion, but you give them a choice. You can do the same when shopping – offer a few pre-selected items and let them choose the one they like.

As kids grow older, you should allow them to make their own combinations. Quite often, you won’t agree with the selection of colours or types of clothes but remember that they have their own taste. You can simply share your opinion that this looks funny or awkward and ask them why they want to match them. This helps the kid form their preferences and encourages them to express what they want.

Shopping for kids’ clothes can be quite fun but you need to keep in mind that it is also a very responsible activity. Always put their safety and comfort first and try to combine it with the style they prefer.