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Shiloh Jolie Pitt's Clothes

Do You Let Your Children Pick Out Their Own Clothes?

A pink polka dot top, purple plaid skirt and green striped tights might not get your lil one on the annual best dressed list, but it may win them points for self-expression. According to experts interviewed by US Magazine, allowing your tot to express herself through her clothing choices is a healthy way to show her independent thinking. Following a string of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt sightings in which Brad and Angie's 3-year-old daughter was sporting a variety of tomboy looks, the magazine asked a few psychotherapists about the tot's non-traditional wardrobe choices. The doctors both deemed Shiloh's choices acceptable for a child her age.

Do you let your wee ones pick out their own clothes even if they don't suit your personal style?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
My daughter is only two, so I give her choices: "Shirt and pants or dress? The shirt with the stripes or the cupcakes? Jeans or 'soft' pants?" This morning, she surprised me by telling me, "Mom, I need to wear a short shirt and short pants today." It was 10 degrees outside this morning, so I told her the shorts were a no go (and so were the clogs that she wanted to wear!), but I was able to sway her toward sweatpants and light-up sneakers.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I think if kids have some control of what they wear when they're really young, they'll be less likely to wear crazy things as a way of rebellion in their teens. I remember being forced to wear dresses in preschool and kindergarten. I never had a say in my outfits. Then in High School I started wearing belly shirts and dyed my hair pink. Not a good look for me.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
That's what I thought, anonymous 2. They needed a professional opinion on whether or not it was harmful for a little girl to dress in 'boy' clothes? My baby girl is only 5 months old, but I'll let her wear whatever she wants when she's older (given the clothes she picks are clean, appropriate and warm enough). It's a first and very important step towards independence, I think.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
i just tried this today. i was kind of embarrassed cuz my son was wearing a sweater which is now too short and everyone thought he was a girl. also an 8 yr old asked, if hes a boy whys he wearing purple socks. not sure if my son understood . so anyways maybe i should have cleaned out the closet first
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I do, yes. She doesn't always have an opinion yet as she's only 2, but she has loved clothes since she had the motor skills to drag them around. When she wants to wear something, we generally let her, it really isn't a big deal. Im pretty lax about weather apropriate becuase kids dont sit there and freeze, if they're cold, they tell you. If they're hot, they peel off layers. If it's really out there - like she has this sparkly lady bug tank top she loves, I just put a white long sleeve under it, etc. She's happy, and its made more weather ready.
Fitness Fitness 7 years
I have been teaching my gals about layering. They may put on a sundress in the Winter, but now they to add a pair of leggings and a long sleeved shirt to the look. Boy oh boy do my gals love contrasting patterns (note I did not write complementary patterns).
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