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The Case for Letting a Toddler Choose her Own Outfits

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So many of us insist on putting together perfectly coordinated outfits for our minis so they don't leave the house looking ridiculous. A British dad, Simon Ragoonanan, gave his three-year-old daughter carte blanche to choose her own clothing. And the results couldn't have been more awesome.

In the stay-at-home dad's blog, Man vs. Pink, the outfits are documented. In a world of "full of gender-biased marketing" the little girl's choices are the perfect mashup of superhero motif and girly frill.

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“We know she needs to be her own person, so it’s really up to her what she wears and what she’s into from now on,” said Ragoonanan.

And what a relief to see that she didn't naturally gravitate to all things pink and glittery, but left to her own devices, chose a lot of items that would typically be considered "boy" apparel.

Apparently the outfits aren't randomly selected. Ragoonanan's daughter puts quite a lot of thought and deliberation into what she will wear on a given day, although "sometimes she gets distracted by toys."

As for Ragoonanan, his daughter is clearly a trailblazer, receiving compliments everywhere she goes for her distinct style sense that comes from exposure to a range of clothing and interests.

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Personally, having a little guy who's expressed exactly zero interest in the duds that cover his back, I find this idea interesting. Just goes to show the degree that parents—and other adults who buy the clothing—impose their own narrow ideas of what comprises girl clothes and boy clothes. 

(Ditto to shows and toys. My son has recently taken a shining to "Little Charmers," and although the cartoon is too girly even for me, I grant him sole access to the remote control and leave him to the wand-waving fairies or spell-weaving witches or whatever the hell they are...) 

“We make sure she has a wide range of toys from Star Wars, dolls, train sets, teas sets, LEGO,” said Ragoonanan. “In terms of books, we’re always trying to find interesting stories. She’s a big fan of The Wizard of Oz at the moment which is great as Dorothy is such an awesome role model for a little girl. We knew Disney Princesses were going to be something we needed to be aware of and subvert where possible.”
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Do you take the backseat and let your tot make their own clothing choices?