Friday, September 30, 2011

Spirit Week

blue + white day, wacky wednesday, and team theme day (white kitties)

Technically, I'm not sure it can be called spirit week -- the kids only dressed up on three days this week -- but we participated again nevertheless. I enjoy school spirit weeks! It's kind of like Halloween, but often you can pull things out of your closet and throw something together that fits a day's theme. I'm never sure if my kids will share my extreme appreciation for these "dress up days," but so far they've risen to the occasion every time.

If coming up with spirit week outfits makes you nervous, I have a few tips:

  • Changing shoelaces magically changes shoes. My daughter wore the same shoes on days one and three, but to match her themes I changed the shoelaces from their normal turquoise ones. Day one I used blue ribbon as shoelaces -- easy to do if you use tape to make aglets on the ends of the ribbon (yes, I learned aglet from Phineas and Ferb). I used white shoelaces from a different pair of shoes to change the look of the shoes for day three. And if you're going for wacky, use a different color on each shoe.
  • Layer. Tank tops layer well over t-shirts, and t-shirts layer well over long-sleeved t-shirts. Long socks layer well over leggings that layer well under skirts or shorts. If you need more of certain colors, find a way to layer them on somewhere.
  • Borrow. If you don't have what you need, ask siblings, cousins and friends if they have anything you can borrow to achieve the look you need. Having another person's wardrobe to choose from will double your choices. Your child might even have a friend that might benefit from a clothing swap for the week.
  • Head adornments can be the cherry on top. Make a hat, use a ribbon, tie on a bandana... if your child is able to wear something on his or her head, go for it!
  • Use clothing differently. If you need a solid color but the shirt you need has has a picture on it, try turning it inside-out. Wear a belt as a headband or a necklace as a belt. Ask yourself if something would work for a theme if it is turned backwards, upside-down, inside-out, or simply used somewhere else on a body.
  • Respect your child's personal style. If they don't feel comfortable wearing something or they just don't like the way something looks, don't make them wear it. My kids shoot down my ideas all of the time! If they feel like they have some say in the matter, they will enjoy the experience so much more.
Have fun coming up with spirit week outfits! And don't forget to take pictures; they might come in handy some day!

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