About a month ago Bethany Wesley, the editor of inMagazine, forwarded a blog post to Abby Randall that was written by Summer Bellessa of Babble, where she let her 3-year-old son, Rockwell, choose her outfits for five days. (Read that here.) The results are absolutely adorable!
After briefly chatting about how fun (scary) this challenge would be, they decided to just go for it and commit to FIVE days! Here’s a summary of days 1-5:
What Abby Learned:
I learned several valuable lessons through this challenge, much like Bethany one was that I need to clean out my closet…
—I spend way too much time plotting the perfect outfit. Audrey nails it in one try. Me? It takes 2-3 attempts every single day.
–-I need to try on all of my clothes. I have some good stuff hiding back there (not the 2004 dress though).
—I need to humor my daughter more and give up control.
Example of this: On day 4, I had to wear the first dress (the one with the hot pink skinny jeans), I also needed to go grocery shopping after work…I seriously contemplated changing my clothes several times but I kept telling myself that would be cheating. We got to the grocery store and I felt people stare, (probably in my head) but Audrey kept looking up to smile, melted my heart. On the way into the store she said I looked like a princess and that she looked like a princess too! She was so happy about it. It was the best grocery shopping trip ever. She sat nice in the cart, she helped picked out cereal, giggled and waited patiently at the checkout. Was it because of the clothes? I don’t know. But, it was a good experience. I want to have more of those experiences with my daughter.
— A simple “Dress Mommy Challenge” can strengthen friendships and connections. Bethany and I would text each other on the crazy outfit days to reveal clues, co-workers would stop by my cubicle, friends would comment on my social media. I realized that I need to make time to be silly and just have fun. Life is too short to be too serious.
If you want to participate in the challenge have your little one dress you for a day! Send a photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org