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As toddlers, kids do not worry too much about what parents make them wear. As long as the clothes are comfortable, soft and have an attractive image or print design which catches their eye, getting them dressed is a walk in the park.
The problem starts when they become a little older and start exercising their choice on what attire they want to be seen in. My wife thought she had a solution. The modus operandi deployed was to present two sets of clothes for my son to choose from. With age this approach too went out of the window as he knew exactly what he wanted to wear or not. So giving him his clothes would at times result in an argument on why a particular shirt or shorts should be worn or not.
Having reached double digits the onus of making the choice is on him and him alone, as he is old enough to decide what he wants to wear. What has emerged now as a “problem of the missing wardrobe” is the limited choices he has or what he believes is a limited choice.
His going to school is akin to us, his parents, going to office and therefore the need to be immaculate and smart. I truly believe that first impressions may be created on how one has dressed. Irrespective to where you have reached in chasing your dreams, smart attire to me is an absolute must.
So having changed his school recently to one where there are no prescribed uniforms, I was again confronted with the “problem of the missing wardrobe”. Having drummed the need to be smartly dressed all through his early years meant a weekend expedition was required to fix the “problem of the missing wardrobe”, as he calmly walked up to me and said “I don’t have any clothes to wear”.
Offer to shop whilst on an upcoming international vacation was flatly turned down. Hence, this weekend was dedicated to movie, dining and the most important task of fixing his imaginary needs of “no clothes”. The conditions being that they should be stylish and comfortable.
We zeroed in on branded stores as these have a wide array and price range to choose from; but with a caveat on the number of sets he would buy, the logic being that he is likely to outgrow them soon enough. He and his mother spent time browsing through aisles of various stored before zeroing in on California inspired kids wear, Point Cove available on one of the stores. My son was so sure it would make him look like the “dude” amongst his friends. Honestly I do not understand the dude logic but I am sure it made him happy :)