Thursday, October 25, 2007

Name That Garment

Okay Internets -- time to help a girl out!

I have a friend I used to teach with, whose daughter is about a year older than Harper. Every once in a while she will call and say she has some clothes for us and then drop of enormous bags of clothing. It is wonderful. All manner of things arrive in these bags: shirts, shoes, party dresses (seriously, Harper's been to a couple of weddings and never had to buy her a dress to wear), tights, sweats, winter coats, pajamas, you name it. When I purchase clothes for Harper I tend toward buying things in outfits -- otherwise I'm likely to end up with seventeen shirts but only one pair of pants for her to wear in the winter. Sometimes I'll buy several mix and match items, but I'm pretty conscious of keeping an even top to bottom ratio. Anyway. . .

When I get these bags of clothes one of the first things I do is sort them out. We donate the stuff we just won't use (typically very little) and then I attempt to figure out which items, if any, go together. Normally this isn't too difficult to figure out, but once in a while I run into something, which may have been part of a pair or a set, and I just can't figure out what it's intended purpose is.

Exhibit A:

(Clicking the photo should allow you to see a larger image.)

Now obviously that is a shirt, but what kind? It is a print, 100% cotton, long sleeved something from The Children's Place. It if had come with an obvious bottom partner, I would probably have been able to figure it out, but it did not. I think it's the piping (?) around the neck that gives me pause. Is it a shirt Harper can wear with jeans? An undershirt? Pajamas? Something I'm not thinking of? I don't want to take her to the park and hear the other adults wonder aloud why she was sent out to play in pajamas.

So I am calling on the wisdom of the internet. I invite you to do one of two things:

1) Leave a comment telling me what the heck the top's intended purpose is.

2) Tell me how silly I am for worrying about it and that I should not worry what people think when Harper wears pajamas to a birthday party.


Mommy Daisy said...

Hmm, I wonder too. Looks like a shirt to me. I think it would look fine with jeans, khakis, etc.

Shannon said...

I think it is ok to wear out and about, too.

D has had regular shirts and pj shirts that have that piping. I let her wear the pj's shirt out in public, too. Nobody will know the difference, anyways.

Lil Mouse (Jill) said...

looks like a shirt. i say if its not wife beater pattern/waffle, you're okay. and you're silly. just dont go out with it on! ha! or put a jacket on over it!

Laura said...

Okay, let me just say that you are so funny! You know that you can surely count on a bunch of women to weigh in on a fashion question. We're here for you. Rest easy, we wouldn't want Harper to be scrutinized for wearing jammies to a party any more than you would.

I'm casting my vote as this being a definite play top. I see where the piping and feel of the fabric may throw you into questioning it's wear-ability, but I'm sticking with classifying it under "Toddler Casual."

If you're still uneasy about her wearing it in public, I'm all for Jill's suggestion of putting a second layer over it. Definitely a red sweater, looking like a matched set. It's actually a very cute little shirt. How lucky for you and your awesome personal shopper!

Erin said...

Pjs. But can easily be worn with jeans also. See Kels, there is a lot of gray (grey? gray? what the hell is the difference between teh two? I've never known) area here. Perhaps not everything fits nicely in a pjs/ not-pjs category. Example: I am currently wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt. I slept in it. BUT, if I put on jeans and shoes, I could run some errands and no one would think anything strange (other than I have very poor fashion sense, but that's no breaking news).

Speaking of clothes... I need to get going in my polyester blend uniform and get my rear to WORK.

*L* YOU!

(Also LOVED that last post, which I missed the chance to comment on. Harper is awesome. No doubt. I'm glad my boy is in love with her.)

Anonymous said...

I don't think you have to worry about other kids thinking Harper looks funny...considering they all want to wear their favorite shirt every single day of the week, even after it's been spilled on, snotted on, and has grass stains etc.

Besides...look at some of the top fashion in Paris...half the time i think they look like they're wearing rags, but apparently they're REALLY expensive rags that "someone" says is the "in" style!

I think she's so cute she could wear her birthday suit around...but then the actual birthday kid might get mad she's trying to steal the thunder, and you might get arrested for letting your kid run around naked in the Ohio winter weather! :)


Swistle said...

This is a VERY INTERESTING topic to consider! I don't know what that shirt is. My GUESS is that it is a pajama top. HOWEVER, the fact that I'm completely uncertain makes me think that it is absolutely fine as a regular top. That is, if you hadn't asked, but had just shown a photo of Harper in it, it would never have crossed my mind that it might be pjs. And it's quite possibly NOT pjs.

Emily said...

The last time I visited my brother and sister-in-laws (from whom we get tons of hand-me-downs), I got Katy up, dressed her for the day in a matching shirt and shorts outfit, and went downstairs to breakfast. No sooner had we set foot in the kitchen than my sister-in-law says, "oh, look, Carrie, Katy's wearing your old pj's!" Katy had worn them as an outfit ALL SUMMER. I was a tad embarrassed, and had to admit that I thought I had already dressed my daughter for the day, but when it's all said and done, I don't think anyone ever thought they were pj's. I didn't. Anyway, I think the shirt is cute, and I wouldn't waste it as jammies, I'd wear it out. Proudly!

Vanessa said...

Hmmm. I'd say that it is a t-shirt, and it would look really cute with jeans. Or a little red skirt. Under overalls, with a cardigan, put a short sleeved shirt over it for a layered look.

Sorry I can't help more than that. I have a boy. He's been known to wear jammys as clothes,and clothes as jammys, so I guess I am breaking rules all over!