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Got a nearly-11 year old tomboy to take to it, so have spent weeks trying to find an alternative to a frou-frou-frock - tunic/leggings, trouser suit, peplum top and trousers/leggings and found zero that hasn't made her screw her face up.
Have even tried to find fabric and attempt to make something acceptable - preferably in "not swishy material, but, maybe white with small, colourful beetles on it".
Anyone got any leads on what-to-put-your-quirky-tweenie in? Not pink or fluffy. Or too bright. Or too boring. Or with a scratchy seam.
Alternatively - anyone got tales of what happened when you forced a tweenie to wear a smart skater style dress with three quarter sleeves and a simple black/white rose pattern on it? Did she ruin the wedding with her tears and wailing?
Am trying to be encouraging, she's just not a girly girl. Am torn between wanting her to be comfortable and wanting her to just bloody well wear the not-perfect-frock.
I was that child and was at a wedding at about 10, I was forced into a horrible outfit with trousers for the ceremony and meal but could wear whatever I wanted for the reception. This was suppose to appease me, I am however scowling in all the wedding photos. I do wear lots of dresses now, but it took a long time to find things that suited me in my head and in real life. The harem pants and a nice top would appeal to me now, but don't know how I would have felt about it at 10. Thou they would be very comfy, I wouldn't have been into tights at all so the shorts an tights combo wouldn't have worked. I probably might have accepted boots, leggings, dress shrug thing, which is technically what I'm wearing now.
She has shrugged at harem pants. "that might be ok"
Am shoving her onto a bus right now - going to try some on.
You're right, yellow - I want her to be pleasant at the wedding. She's a good kid, she'd wear what she hates to appease me, and stick a smile on her face for moments at a time, but, she'd not enjoy herself one bit and that'd show.
My DD (11) wore a black & cream rise whirled skater dress to a funeral & a couple of other occasions where smarter required & she was fine. She is also off pink, bright etc. She wore dress with black 60 denier tights & lace up school shoes with a little bolero cardigan.
I think it's important for kids to realised that it's not all about them & work on a compromise outfit. (If I'd had my way she'd have been in pale blue & colourful tights ! )
Hope it goes well, I can remember standing in shops at that age, not having a clue what to wear and just feeling incredibly uncomfortable. It's a rubbish age for clothes, especially if you don't really care but feel you should.
The hareem pants from H&M with the little heart print blouse is gorgeous. Tomboyish clothes are often v. informal and I think that little duet is great for a wedding and not at all girly. Did you have any luck at the shops?