One of things that has always worked well for me about New Mexico is the choice in clothing. Many people work on style, not so much what is fashionable, but what looks good or is fun to wear. I think that some of this is income related. We are a state of good yard sale/thrift store shoppers. Some of it is art related, even people with money have been known to lean toward the funky.
I love that people mix trendy and vintage or old jeans and fancy jewelry.
All three of my kids have a distinct style, but my youngest takes the cake.
She is my avid thrift store shopper and finds things that she likes; regardless of time period. I refuse to buy things that are revealing or have things written them that I don’t like. Shorts with “Diva” or “Baby” across the butt are right out. Beyond that my husband and I don’t really care. So my daughter wears her cowboy boots with skirts, mixes several floral patterns, puts her Chinese dress over jeans and ballet skirts over pants. I have never worried about this.
Today we were looking for shorts at Thrifttown when we came upon and I quote “ the coolest shoes ever made”.
So we got them, they will be worn inside for dress ups because I don’t think that an 8 year old really needs them. She now owes me $4 worth weeding the yard.
I do have to admit that they are cool but am I creating a future disco diva or some such beast?

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Comment by Adelita on July 9, 2008 at 9:02pm
My daughter nearly had a heart attack when she saw these! She would want to wear them to school!
Comment by hettie on July 9, 2008 at 11:41pm
mombat, you are such a cool mom.
Comment by mombat on July 10, 2008 at 9:30am
Jeff, they tooo big, definately not made for an 8 year old foot.
Comment by Laura on July 10, 2008 at 9:43am
I second that: Mombat, you are such a cool mom. My 4-year-old fashionista loves to pick out her own second-hand clothes. She mixes patterns, decides whether she wants colors to complement or "clash," and wears cherry red cowboy boots with just about anything. And she loves accessorizing with her swim goggles or soccer shin guards.

I think that as long as you lay down ground rules, what you're doing is fine. It sounds kind of trivial but I think that developing your own sense of style (no matter how young you are) contributes to a stronger sense of self. My own parents did the same with me (20+ years ago, again with some rules), and when I became a teenager, it turned out to be a great self-esteem booster--I didn't need to be in lock-step with the current fashion trends in order to feel "in" or important. Of course, having a free-form sense of fashion doesn't solve all self-esteem problems, but I really think that it in a society where we are bombarded with advertising that tells us what to wear and what to look like, developing an independent fashion sense is one small step toward independent thinking. Maybe that's just the artist in me speaking...
Comment by vashti on July 10, 2008 at 1:13pm
outstanding, absolutely outstanding. i wonder if she'll let me borrow them? heh heh. i had a very similar sense of style at her age, and i turned out just fine, right? i can't deny there's a bit of a diva in there for sure, but my mama did name me after a queen so it must have been somewhat expected. we'll be making jewelry in class this weekend, so i'm betting your girl will design something fitting to go with her newly acquired fabulous footwear.
Comment by Ray Maseman on July 10, 2008 at 3:04pm
Slade's boots may be too big, but that video plus his sister's new shoes might give your son ideas for a band.
Comment by Patti Henderson Macomber on July 10, 2008 at 4:10pm
OMG! Truly cool shoes and a truly cool Mom! (However, after viewing the Slade video I hope that she never wants the hairdo of the guitarist that cannot seem to keep both feet on the ground)...
Comment by Dr Dan on July 10, 2008 at 4:40pm
I have a cousin from portland that would absolutey die if she ever saw these, she always wears platforms like that or artistically altered. I didn't know she was 4'11 until she took them off, I always thought she was my height!

very cool shoes
Comment by Gemini Goddess on July 11, 2008 at 10:35am
Oh those are some FUN shoes!! I love them!
Comment by dolores on July 12, 2008 at 9:42am
This takes me back to when my daughter was younger. I set the same limits, nothing to revealing, nothing suggestive written on them. Although I do remember she had a Sex Pistols t-shirt at one time. When she was in the 4th grade one outfit sticks in my mind. A traditional plaid, 50's school dress with white peterpan collar, you know the kind that has a sash that ties in the back. With a pair of canary yellow converse high tops, and a string of pearls. I miss those days. Savour them. I'm sure you do. No monster, just a very creative kid with a smart mom


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