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5 Tips for Choosing a Meltdown-Free Easter Outfit for Your Son

The idyllic vision of the perfectly dressed family smiling and happily enjoying Easter Sunday can quickly become a nightmare, before leaving your house, if proper consideration is not given to your son’s attire.  For a generation that has become accustomed to wearing athleisure wear 99% of the time, formal clothes can feel “stuffy”, “crunchy” and “stiff”.  This doesn’t have to be the case.

Go into any clothing store and you can find ample options for girls to wear for Easter.  Frilly dress made from satin- no problem.  A floral dress with ruffles and cap-sleeves?  It’s available.  In fact, what color would you like?   Boys, however, are relegated to fewer options and what you tend to find lacks style and quality materials.  There’s nothing worse than buying a button down shirt that they wear once because it gets lost in a stack of clothes that need to be ironed.

Fortunately, for you, the following tips can eliminate the fuss and have your crew looking like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting.

  • Remember seersucker- Like an old friend, it is reliable and has been around since the early 1900s for that reason alone.

  • Linen- Be careful here.  100% linen, though fantastic, can be “scratchy” to children that are used to Spandex and Lycra.  Look for linen fabrics that are blended with cotton to reduce the scratch-factor while still providing stylish looks and coolness in the heat.

  • Would you wear it?- If the item that you are considering was made in your size, would you want to wear it?  I am speaking of the materials here, but I hope you get the idea.  For instance, if a pair of pants is made from fabric that could also be used in a woodworking shop, can you blame your child for revolting? 

  • Try coordinating- Children tend to imitate what they see.  Coordinating outfits may be a way to normalize the attire and reduce the dissent.  Think “Daddy and me” or big brother here to provide a role model.  
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  • Don’t forget the shoes-  Refer to point 3.  A pair of shoes can make or break an outfit. I have to apologize to Jason Isbell for referring to it as a “outfit”. Although it’s a great song. Driving mocs are a safe choice and are more like wearing a glove than a dress shoe.

  • Do you have other tips?  We would love to hear them and don’t forget to tag @brownbowenandcompany in your Easter pics this year!!!   

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