The week my five-year-old was my stylist (summer edition)


Last August, I let my daughter choose my outfits for a week.

And, after endless whining requests to do it again, I caved in graciously opened my wardrobe to her again. Last week, my daughter chose everything I wore. Every day. From head to toe, she was my stylist.

Here’s how it went.

Monday. My daughter chose a dress I hadn’t worn since she was born, and flat shoes in the same colour.


My daughter has been asking me about this dress for a long time. In fact, I’m 90% sure the main reason she wanted to be in charge of my wardrobe again was simply to make me wear it. This old-school Review dress came with us to the supermarket and the library, and while it wasn’t as comfortable as jeans and a t-shirt, it didn’t really hold me back from doing anything.

Tuesday. A simple monochrome outfit with a striped dress, polka dot shoes and a wide-brimmed hat. (TA-DA! pose and cheesy grin sold separately.)


I have a confession to make: I didn’t wear this all day Tuesday. First thing that morning, my daughter chose a cocktail dress and stilettos. But we spent the morning at the Botanical Gardens having a picnic, so I pulled rank and wore shorts (for modesty purposes), a long-sleeved shirt (for sun protection purposes) and flat sandals (for der purposes).

But as soon as we got home, my daughter insisted I change. Not into the outfit she had originally chosen, but into this. Ahhh. Much better than the dress and stilettos combination! This was simple and comfortable, and I love the contrast of the stripes and dots. Winner.

Wednesday. Another dress (I’m sensing a pattern here), this time teamed with a scarf and boots.


It was cool in Melbourne on Wednesday morning, so forgive the goosebumps in the pic. But as the day continued, the sun came out and this was a lovely outfit to wear. The boots have 10cm heels, however, which made our afternoon walk to the post office and the park a little uncomfortable, and a lot slow.

Thursday. A shift from dresses to tops and skirts, with today’s choice featuring a floral tank, an olive green midi skirt and mustard peep toe heels.


I loved Thursday’s outfit. It was so comfortable (yes, even the shoes!), and the skirt was long enough to make running around with the kids at the park, hanging from the monkey bars and going down the slide possible, if not fully practical. And it was absolutely perfect for sitting on the front lawn and watching the diggers, trucks and council workers that came to resurface the road in the afternoon. (The kids had a ball. I’m pretty sure it rated higher on their entertainment metre than a trip to the pool or to a play centre. It may even have rated higher than chocolate or TV!)

Friday. Another tank and another skirt, with matching (or, some might argue, clashing) polka dot shoes and belt.


When my daughter picked out all of these elements on Thursday night, I cringed. (I also had a flashback to last August, when she chose a similar outfit, also for the Friday.) Squares! Stripes! Checks! Spots! Monochromatic pattern overload! But somehow, I again think it all worked. I don’t like this monochromatic print clash of epic proportions as much as I liked the winter version, but it ain’t bad. And it was perfect for a morning of kiddlywink haircuts and shopping centre entertainment, and an afternoon bike ride (kids) and walk (me).

And for those of you who can’t be bothered to visit the August post (fair enough!), here’s the direct comparison:


(Side note: apparently I’m incapable of smiling on Fridays. The days are long but the weeks are … infinite? Hooray for weekends!)

Saturday. A green and black patterned long-sleeved shirt, a pleated skirt with black, white, green and purple stripes, and black wedge pumps.


I spent most of Saturday at the computer, so my outfit wasn’t particularly important. A pity, because I quite like this one! And I never would have put it together myself. My daughter haz mad skillz. I’ll be putting this on the possible client meeting/job interview outfit list.

Sunday. Another top, another skirt, and the return of the mega-high booties.


I like this top. I like this skirt. I like these boots. But I don’t like them all together. So here comes another confession: this outfit didn’t last all day. There was a legitimate reason – I bought a new bike on Sunday, and couldn’t ride it in this skirt and boots – but I’ll admit it was a relief to get out of this outfit and into something more practical.

Just as in August, this was a fun activity to do with my daughter. Although she put me in these seven outfits, she came up with far more options during the week just for fun. I’m sure she would love to dress me for the entire year.

I learnt a lot the first time my daughter chose my outfits, and those lessons stand:

  • I might not be a fashion and beauty blogger, but my daughter may very well become one. A very good one, at that.
  • It’s good to get someone else to look at your wardrobe. They’ll see it with fresh eyes and put together combinations you’d never thought of.
  • It’s worth wearing your ‘special’ clothes for everyday activities. Why save a dress or skirt that you love for ‘special’ occasions? Why not make every day special?
  • The grin on my daughter’s face every time I wore something she chose was worth it. In fact, it would have been worth wearing a paper bag all week for that grin.
  • Listen to your kids. They let you know loud and clear (and early) what their interests are. Encourage them, even if it means wearing some interesting outfits!

And this time, I learnt a bonus lesson: my daughter likes us to match.


(Bonus bonus lesson: she only has one pair of summer shoes that fit. It’s probably time to buy her another pair.)

So, will we do it again? Probably. Will I blog it again? Probably not. I wouldn’t want you all thinking I’ve become a fashion and beauty blogger, now, would I?


Have you ever handed control of your wardrobe to one of your children? What do you think you’d be wearing if you did?


  1. says

    Oh I LOVE these posts! Please blog about it again if you revisit this down the track. Your daughter does have an extremely good eye for this, and I loved the way she coordinated her own outfits as well. I’ve still not mastered this at the age of 39.

  2. says

    Love it Em. Your daughter definitely knows a thing or two about fashion. Very clever to put together clashing prints. Maybe I should let Esther do this and see what she picks out for me? Sadly she will no longer be able to match me because she will wear her first school uniform this year. Well she could on the weekend. X

    • says

      She usually matches prints exactly, so I’m still surprised (five months later!) that she print-clashed so deliberately. I’d love to see what Esther could come up with!

  3. says

    Loving the colour-coordinated outfits your daughter has chosen for you. She’s a natural fashionista! I wonder what my 15 year old daughter would choose for me – she’s probably want to throw out all my “old fashioned” clothes and buy new ones!! :-)

    • says

      Ooh, that would be fun! I did that myself last year (the throwing out part – turned out I owned enough clothes to not have to buy much more!) so that helps with handing over control. There’s nothing in my wardrobe I wouldn’t be happy wearing.

  4. says

    I think she did a really good job! What a cutie! And you have fabulous clothes :)
    My little one is nearly 3 – and she insists on wearing ALL PLAIN clothes – shorts and Tshirts that’s it. Some days they both have to be the same colour… Oh my! I miss the days before she had an opinion and I could dress her up in whatever I wants. Oh well – the plain things are much cheaper :)

    • says

      Thanks Lauren. She did a great job. And thanks – I love pretty much every item in my wardrobe! Slightly less keen on the exercise gear, but what can you do?!

  5. says

    Now you’ve got me thinking … what if I turned my wardrobe decisions over to the hubster for a week?! There would be some VERY interesting combinations, and that’s for sure! Your daughter did well – I like the summer monochrome look better than the winter one, I think all the patterns are in better proportion.

  6. says

    Wow your daughter has an eye for style. I really loved Wednesday’s style. Mr 6 has his seasons all mixed up when it comes to clothes so I’m not sure I would trust him to style me lol!

  7. says

    I’ve taken to removing things from my wardrobe that I don’t like or wear so hopefully if a stranger (since I don’t have kids) dressed me I would probably be ok with it.

    • says

      It’s a good way to be! I had a brutal wardrobe cull early last year, and a smaller one later in the year. Happy with everything in it now. (That said, I’m very glad she hasn’t asked me to wear my wedding dress.)

    • says

      Thanks Lu! It’s funny, because she used to match patterns. Now it’s matching colours with pattern mixing, or matching patterns and any colour goes.

  8. says

    This makes me want to let my kids choose my clothes! But then I don’t know what I would do if I was having a fat day and they chose ‘skinny day’ clothes. Maybe it’s an important lesson just for that?

  9. says

    My son hasn’t really shown any interest in choosing my outfits, though he does comment if I am wearing something different and let’s me know if he thinks I look pretty. I hope he keeps that quality, when he is older with girlfriends or wife.

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