These awesome houndstooth leggings for Lilah got their start in life as ladies' knee socks. Now, I can rock a knee sock with the best of them, but I had a feeling these would be much cuter peeking out of a crimson and white get-up on the girl child than whatever way I could have worn them. Well, whatever way I could have worn them that wouldn't have been NC-17.
I have noticed a disturbing trend in the past year or so in dresses, and I don't like it. Not one little bit. At first, I just thought it was a one-off mistake that someone thought was cute. But then it started showing up more and more. From designer labels to Target brands.
What could have me so offended, you wonder?
The exposed zipper.
Just look for yourselves at this abomination of fashion.
Call me a purist, but I just feel like there are some elements of construction which should remain hidden. This isn't a beautifully rough hewed log home with exposed beams. It's a party dress.
Plus, it's just offensive when I work so damn hard to make sure my zippers go in, stay in, and are hidden.
Seriously - there are far, far better ways in my mind to create an embellishment on a garment.
This just seems cheap and tacky.
And if I'm going to pay $298 for a dress like this
It sure as HELL shouldn't have a big ol' ugly zipper on the back of it. (I can't find a picture online of the back, but I saw it in a catalog. Trust me: Big. Ugly. Zipper.)
I'd be struck dead by lightning if I told you fine people that I am a big football fan. I generally consider myself fortunate to know in which direction everyone is supposed to be running. And even then they change that up on me in the middle of the game.
Even tailgating - which one would assume I would be a master at given my propensity to plan parties, bake too many baked goods and drink - is only fun for me in small doses...those doses being between October 1st and November 14 - so that I neither have to be too hot or too cold - and only if I'm close by to a really for real potty - because I really, really, really hate port-a-potties.
But I do love the idea of football.
I think for me the big problem was that my love of high school football games - the socializing, the cheese nachos, knowing people on the team in real life - didn't translate when I went to college. I mean, when I went to college, I knew a couple of people in the band and I knew everyone was very excited about football games, but I just never...got into it. I tried. But I didn't understand. I never really learned the rules or nuances of the sport. The crowds were intimidating...I could go on, but I'll spare you. Plus, I didn't grow up in a sports-watching household. I mean, not sports that use balls as the main form of entertainment. There was plenty of Roland Martin's Outdoors on Saturdays, but that was about it for sporting.
I think I'm more excited about football now because I have a daughter, and I want her to be well-rounded. Her dad loves college football and I want her to share that with him. I want her to learn to make awesome tailgate foods and dress in team-appropriate colors and know far more about what's going on in the game than I ever have. *Not that it's too late to learn my own self, I just have to find someone who is willing to field my endless questions about the action on the field.* But mostly I think having a child changes things because I can dress her in game day appropriate clothing and it's cute, not cliche.
Things like this:
Now, these little dresses are to celebrate some tigers around these parts, but I have ideas for so many other schools with which I am locally and personally affiliated! Imagine a purple gingham with purple border, monogram or name on the chest and this guy on the hem for Furman:
Or how about a black gingham dress with garnet border and "Go Cocks!" embroidered on the hem for Carolina fans?
Or, my personal favorite (which Lilah will soon enough be sporting): Black and white houndstooth with crimson border and an elephant on the hem for my own alma mater, The University of Alabama!!!
The best thing about this style of dress is that you order one for your little one now and she can wear it for YEARS. She can wear it as is in the heat of the first games and over a long-sleeve turtleneck or t-shirt with a cute pair of leggings, it's perfect when the autumn chill sets in.
And some of these ideas can be translated into little boy's wear, too!
How about a football alphabet t-shirt for your pint-sized quarterback?
Or a regular football with the battle cry of your favorite team!
The possibilities are endless.
So get ready for kick-off by visiting the etsy shop for your football fashions! Got a special request, or want something for yourself? Shoot me an email and let's make something fun happen!