However. There are times when limited choices are a major challenge. The difference in availability of clothes seems to be even more pronounced when it comes to dressy outfits. And herein lies the heart of my beef with clothing manufacturers. It would seem that, unless it is Christmas or Easter, baby boys only want, no, only need, to wear play clothes or clothes that make them look like tiny versions of some very hip male adult (who is most likely, not a father). They do not ever need to attend weddings, funerals, or even church. Unless of course their parents want to spend half a paycheck at some high end children's clothing store.
Not only do we go to church (almost) every Sunday and in fact have relatively formal expectations for our attire, but our family has had four major events to attend since Cyrus was born, all of which required something nicer than a pair of jeans. For each event, I've struggled to find something that looked nice enough for family pictures, but didn't scream the nearest holiday occasion.
Now that Cyrus is walking, I've reached another level of frustration - dress shoes! Go to Target and there are rows of cute little Mary Janes in all different colors. For boys you have two choices - a pair of inflexible black lace up shoes (which anyone with a 15 month old knows is just a tantrum waiting to happen) or brown suede loafers with a thick white sole. Hmm.
Our most recent occasion for needing dressy clothes is, unfortunately, the funeral of my Grandfather. I wanted something nice, but understated, and I didn't want Cy to be all decked out in red and green. Believe me when I tell you that my mom and I spent over 4 hours searching for something that was a) appropriate for the occasion, b) was not a cheap polyester suit and c) would have more than one use.
Fortunately, we eventually found an outfit, including shoes. None of it was cheap, but I think we'll get several uses out of it. Plus, I happen to think he looks pretty dashing! All the more reason that there should be more options for dressing up little boys. Just try and tell me this isn't as cute as a little girl in a party dress!
Excuse the tags. This was the "make it sure it fits in case we have to take it back" wearing. Also, notice the cell phone? It's an out-of-service one that my parents had lying around and it's pretty much his favorite toy. I hope this isn't foreshadowing...