Pumpkin has been obsessed with clothes and accessories for as long as she’s been able to talk.
When she was in the neighborhood of 18 months, she was given a pair of pink boots. Every morning when we got her dressed, she would say, “Boots, boots, boots,” until we put them on her. She literally wore them until they broke.
Now she’s 4, and she still has a strong opinion about what she wears. Sometimes it’s mismatched shoes, or a hat that’s too big. She loves to wear dresses, and she is frequently walking around in my heels.
When I was younger, I was really into clothes, I subscribed to Vogue all through high school, did a job shadowing assignment in high school at Vogue’s West Coast offices, and insisted my dad take me shopping at the vintage on Melrose when I visited him in L.A. But in my current reality I am a casual dresser. I wear flats most days, and on busy mornings I’ll throw on a logo’d polo and call it good. I’m just starting to wear dresses more frequently (not always the most convenient option when nursing!) but on weekends, when I spend the most time with my girls, I’m typically in shorts or jeans and T-shirts. So Pumpkin’s clothes obsession is definitely all her.
Lately, I’ve been letting her watch Project Runway with me. I will admit I have concerns about the language, but I wanted her to see the creative process, and I think there are also some lessons about diversity and the way people treat each other. She loves it. Each week she asks to watch it, and when we have down time, she asks to play Project Runway. She uses a makeup brush to pretend to put makeup on me (I wear it so rarely it’s something new for her to see) and asks me to do the same to her. One of us plays the model, one of us plays the judge. She’ll ask me to tie a blanket around her like a dress, and find other items in her play room to be the accessories.
It’s fun to see her imagination and creativity, and she inspires me to mix up my own wardrobe a little bit, too. But mostly, it’s nice that she thinks it’s cool to watch my show with me, and that it leads to some imaginative play time.