There’s a new Billy Elliot in town and he’s a’leaping, a’kicking and a’fighting his way to the top.
… to the top of child style lists, that is! Like any mother, my child is the best in world, but I am constantly struck by how keen his sense of style is.
Over the years, I have absent-mindedly asked him how my dress looks, if he likes my hair or if the hat works with the rest of the outfit. It started as more of a way to keep conversation going as he toddled around me, but now, I can honestly say that I do ask him in earnest because he has shown a natural ability of knowing what really does look good!
Yes, that’s right, I am raising some good husband material … Yet, in the meantime this little fellow is all about being a boy, and one who is dare devilish.
Look no further than his little smirk or catch the glint in his eye to know this is true, and if that is not enough, consider this dialogue. A family friend recently asked him what his favorite sport is, and he replied:
“I like all sports. I love soccer, but what I really, really love is jumping off buildings!”
um, not sure where he got this idea or experience from, but I suppose if a boy sees his mother run through fire, knows that the family business once was skydiving, and that his great grandfather raced motorcycles like James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause, then maybe I can recognize that he gets it honestly!
Well, here’s the details of this fellow’s daring style:
Origins of “Billy Elliot Dares”
Pirate Oxford: the baby blue and white striped oxford with navy pirate emblems was put out by Cherokee and carried at Target a couple years ago. I just love how it puts a boy in a “dress” shirt but acknowledges a boy’s bursting desire for adventure.
Newsboy Cap: the brown and black houndstooth cap came from The Children’s Place. (Interestingly, he usualls prefers to wear his fedora over this style.)
Navy Cargoes: it’s a modern staple for most male wardrobes because they are so comfortable and utilitaran. Likewise, for this little fellow these Wrangler’s give him all the flexibility he needs for jumping off stairs, and mom all the peace of mind for kno wi ng the pants will hold up to rugged play, even if her nerves won’t!
Oxford Shoes: the brown oxfords are by the classic Buster Browns, after all what other brand could stand up to building leaping and karate sparring?
What’s the Take-Away?
Embrace your fellow’s sense of adventure!
But boy creatures are built to push the limits — their own and the world’s — and to forbid a healthy (and well-supervised) sense of adventure, exploration and risk-taking means that later in life (aka the teen years) will be wrought with an exponential rebeliousness.
But while your little fellow is being a resident dare devil, there is no reason for him to look like a ruffian.
So opt for clothing choices that are: 1) rugged wearers, 2) have a finished look, and 3) embrace the spirit of “boy” in design.
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