Admittedly, my daughters’ red carpet appearances are few and far between, (especially now that my parents have pulled up their seventies-rust-coloured basement flooring), but I still like them to look their best when we go out. Is there any mom out there who hasn’t hit the road with perfectly coiffed and attired children, only to realize that you yourself forgot to brush your teeth and change out of the spit-up shirt?
The other night when watching Nip/Tuck — I mean, some respectable, educational programming — a character dropped her baby off for her every-other-weekend with dad, leaving strict instructions. Not about the feedings or the nap schedule, no, she wanted to stress that tomorrow Daddy should “remember to put her in the Dolce”. This makes sense coming from fictional Californian plastic surgeons, but do real people talk like that? Maybe that’s the equivalent of me instructing my husband to “remember to put them in the Joe Fresh”.
Frannie and Maggie’s wardrobes are peppered with hand-me-downs (from older cousins and my beloved kijiji) as well as occasional designer duds (which to me translates as a Tommy Hilfiger or Polo logo — no Dolce), but the bulk of their clothing comes from the usual big retailers: Please Mum, Bonnie Togs, The Children’s Place, Old Navy, Sears and Zellers. Lately, though, I have become a fan of another designer, Joseph Mimran, and seem to be buying more and more of his Joe Fresh label (available at Loblaws stores.)
One day last week, my husband surprised us by returning home from Loblaws with some new spring apparel for Frannie and Maggie…and he actually has very good taste! Pictured are their new matching dresses, hats, socks and p.j.’s, which are adorable, but the best part was the price tag: the receipt reads $83.53 (and that even included some dental floss!)
I’d like to think that we’re supporting a Canadian business, which of course we are, but I should note that unfortunately our cute new items have ‘Made in China’ and ‘Made in Bangladesh’ tags.
It’s nice to know that Frannie and Maggie’s wardrobes are ready for spring…even though the closest they’ll get to a runway is the aisle at church. Would it be entirely inappropriate to get them to stop and pirouette halfway up the aisle next Sunday?
Where do you shop for your kids? Do you ever spend more on them than on yourself? I’d love to hear your thoughts!