The picture-perfect moment of children in their Easter best probably took many more moments of compromise.
I like play up the photography angle on holidays because “picture days” are the only ones in my house when I have veto power over my two daughters’ outfits. All those other days, my only rule is their clothes must be weather appropriate.
With Easter falling on March 23, their outfits will have to be both photo-worthy and chill-ready. Here’s how to make it work:
— At my house, we’ll probably do leggings under dresses.
Leggings have eliminated what was a regular battle over tights that they claimed were either too tight or too loose, too itchy or not warm enough.
With similarly colored socks paired with leggings, we’ve practically created our own tights.
It helps that teen stars like Hannah Montana and even the Hannah Montana dolls wear leggings. I hope she doesn’t adopt a mismatched look or bare legs anytime soon.
— Speaking of Disney properties, some kids can’t get enough of their favorite characters and want to wear them on their clothes everyday. If that’s a problem on a special day in your house, Disney Store is working on a compromise.
In its latest collection are items with subtle character references, such as a toile print that features the princesses, says Amy Hauk, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of Disney Store. From a distance, you see the classic toile style; up close you see Cinderella.
“You have to make it a wink so the kid knows and the mom is OK with it,” Hauk says.
She might put her own toddler son in a character T-shirt worn underneath a plain button-down shirt.
— For boys, vests are both warm and cute.
Jennifer Smith, fashion director of Cookie magazine, says she put a boy in a suit-style vest over a button-down shirt at a recent photo shoot that proved unexpectedly chilly. As long as the vest isn’t tweed or corduroy, it can look appropriate for spring, she says.
But, how did she get a boy to willingly wear one?
“I happened to have a vest with a little monkey on it, so the boy at the shoot was willing to wear it. He got into the monkey. He was almost 4 and I lured him with that monkey!” Smith says.
— Girls may love to get out the ribbons and hats for Easter, but don’t neglect the boys’ hair.
The current trend for Jonas Brothers’ style hair — longish with waves and bangs — — should be a welcome one for mothers tired of trying to get a cowlick to behave, says Julie Vargas, who oversees stylist training at SportClips, a franchise hair salon that targets men and boys.
“It’s easier for longer hair to wash the night before and then have that bed-head look, especially when you’re supposed to have that bed-head look,” Vargas says.
The other option for boys is the buzz cut of David Beckham, which she says is a style enjoying comeback.
True, neither have the preppier look of the traditional little-boy cut, with a side part and is combed all nice and neat, but they seem to keep children and their parents happy.
Washing hair the night before also works for Vargas’ own daughters, ages 14 and 9. One has too-curly hair and uses a flat iron in the morning, and the other has too-straight hair and uses a curling iron. Their hairstyles, especially the curly one, hold better if the hair isn’t too clean, Vargas says.