I hope you’re not sick of seeing outfit posts due to my thrifted maternity series, because I have been saving up Isobel’s thrifted outfits all summer to share here. I’m certainly not going to win any points from My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler, but we don’t have the money to spend on creating stylized outfits for Isobel anyway. Even if we did, I doubt I’d change much. I’d still be thrifting in the kids’ clothes section, that’s for sure.
Isobel loves her outfits and she loves what she has to wear and for the most part we let her put her outfits together however much she wants. She likes to be in control, she likes making decisions, and she likes to have her opinion heard. In this area we try to lay off since so much of her life is governed by rules and mandatory parental directives. Her freedom to express herself is something harmless with which she can feel in control. That’s more important to me than having a fashionable toddler any day.
In the photo above she’s wearing her favorite dress ever that came secondhand from her cousin Jewel and the leggings came all the way from Japan care of our friends Robert and Ashley. She inherited the flip flops from her cousin Victoria and the headband was originally made for last year’s Halloween costume.
The shirt and pants in the photo above were thrifted, as was the plastic daisy I turned into a hair clip.
The shirt dress and pants were thrifted (and later thriftily mended) . The coat was a present from me that I bought at the Ripon Almond Blossom Festival and the boots were a present from her Great Grandma Marty last Christmas.
In the photo below is an outfit she wore many times this summer while on the way to swimming lessons or a cousin’s pool. She noticed I wore a coverup whenever I wore my bathing suit and after asking why I hastily explained “because of modesty.” After that she would never want to leave the house “without her modesty.” The fabulous pink tutu suit was a birthday present from Melynda but the dress is actually my old tank top that I was going to donate but must now craft into a makeshift dress. The hat is mine and I’ve had it longer than I’ve had Isobel.
Isobel is kind of a pro at mixing patterns and stripes, as you can see from both the above and below photo. The outfit above (dress, sweater, and pants) were all thrifted, as was the star shirt and rainbow pants below. Only the shoes in both picture were bought new, and both were presents from Grandma.
The cheongsam dress below was the special present I let her pick out from a trip to the thrift store one time and I let her wear it that day especially for the Chinese feast we brought to my Grandma in the nursing home. At 95 she is too frail to leave the facility so we now order take out and my whole family comes to town and we bring the feast to her. She loved Isobel’s special outfit for the occasion. I asked her if she wanted me to put her hair in pigtails, but instead she asked for “panda tails.” Very subtle difference, you know. We made her hair clips together and she’s wearing Victoria’s shoes again, though, you might notice, she insisted on putting them on the wrong feet.
Lastly we have one of my favorite outfits of the summer: a secondhand butterfly romper care of Bri’s young daughter, the aforementioned rainbow pants, my sunglasses, and a hair clip generously handmade and given to us by Emily.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour through Isobel’s thrifted summer closet. Clothes are something about which I get very sentimental, as if all the precious memories are contained within their worn stitches and dropping buttons. It can be hard for me to let go, but having the photos makes it easier.