DRESSING BOYS FOR THE HOLIDAYS…PART 2

Here we are! The second half of “Dressing Boys for the Holidays” (see the first part here). This time, I relied on my old stand-by, Crewcuts, to give me ideas about what the dudes will be wearing (but most kids stores have pieces that work in the same way). To get them dressed and out the door with minimal complaining, I’m going to use the “trick them with comfort” ploy. However, with the super dressed up outfit I might have to go straight candy…

THE NUTCRACKER – Fancy all the way with a slight twist – it’s hard to feel stuffy in blue velvet.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY SING: Traditional, but with some unexpected pattern mixing that makes him stand out.

SANTA PHOTO OP: Who says hanging with Santa needs to be a formal event? The sweater pulls it together, but the relaxed feel of everything else makes standing in line a lot easier.

CLASS PARTY: Free dress day practically screams jeans, pair them with a festive t-shirt and a jolly flannel and he’ll look like he tried with out actually trying.

CHRISTMAS MORNING: Christmas pjs are a tradition in our house, but I try to get them ones that don’t look silly when they’re still wearing them in February.


Final Tip: I’ve found that when I make sure the boys’ clothes actually fit properly, it makes a world of difference in how “together” they look. Even the nicest trouser and button-down combo looks sloppy when it’s too big!

Happy Holidays!

Claudia, WCM

 

FLASHBACK FRIDAY…HOLIDAYS!

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Here is Miles with his twin cousins, Betty and Alex. They were all dressed up for Gailma and Pop’s annual tree trimming party. The twins had recently moved to LA, and Miles was totally thrilled to have cousins his age to play with!  It was all very festive and cute, and a total blast. Note: My sister, who is not the sort of Mom that would encourage a “Santa Dress”, put her own fashion ideas aside and allowed Betty to choose her outfit for the party.  As you can see from Miles’ ensemble, I was not so generous…

P.S. Speaking of twins – look how angelic Dilyn’s kids – Dash, Finley and Clover – look in the below picture from the party. Despite the bad influences in the middle, they are calm and smiling beautifully. Now, that’s some good parenting.

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 Claudia you are way too kind. I think they were all smiles because they were waiting for pizza!

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This is one of my favorite Christmas pictures because he looks SO HAPPY and that’s what Christmas is all about. The joy it brings. It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of it all, but we do it for the little smiling faces and the joy it brings them. I also love this picture because he’s so happy with the picture ornament that he made in preschool that year. That was him putting it on the tree! (every year he still likes to put it on the tree) Merry, Merry!!!

Happy Friday!

Claudia and Dilyn, WCM

 

OFFICE PARTY?


“Tis the season for office parties. And with them comes the problem of what to wear. There’s a fairly narrow strike zone between looking like a bore and looking like a…tart.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to create a balance between appropriate and festive – for me, it starts with pants and ends with sparkle – and can be done with a mix of the above items (some of which are probably already in your closet). Something cozy, a sexy shoe, a luxe texture and a hint of shimmer…you’re done. And hey, once the whole “what to wear” thing is solved, you can actually enjoy the party! (Just not too much…)

P.S. Everything you see is available now and nothing’s over $200! (Click the pix to find out where…)

Claudia, WCM

OFFICE PARTY?


“Tis the season for office parties. And with them comes the problem of what to wear. There’s a fairly narrow strike zone between looking like a bore and looking like a…tart.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to create a balance between appropriate and festive – for me, it starts with pants and ends with sparkle – and can be done with a mix of the above items (some of which are probably already in your closet). Something cozy, a sexy shoe, a luxe texture and a hint of shimmer…you’re done. And hey, once the whole “what to wear” thing is solved, you can actually enjoy the party! (Just not too much…)

P.S. Everything you see is available now and nothing’s over $200! (Click the pix to find out where…)

Claudia, WCM

DRESSING BOYS FOR THE HOLIDAYS, PART 1

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it come evenings with out-of-town guests, school parties and of course the big night. For these festivities I like the boys to look “nice”. I want them to be clean, their hair to be fixed and their clothes to look like a little effort was made. A sartorial nod, if you will, to the holiday and the fact that it’s an occasion to see relatives and stay out a little later than usual…

Here’s the thing: I’ve learned the hard way that this will only happen if they are comfortable. To make it work, I make sure the clothes are easy and familiar, with just one item that dresses them up: a blazer with slim joggers, fitted trousers with a sweatshirt, a flannel button down with jeans – any of these combos are a good compromise between “dressed” and “play clothes”.

This season, Zara Kids has this concept down pat. Lots of easy to wear pieces that look sharp and aren’t too pricey. And that’s something we all can be thankful for.

Claudia, WCM

P.S. Click on the pix if you want a closer look!