We have been invited to a wedding in September and my first thought (after happy thoughts for the new couple to be of course) was that a wedding is always a good excuse for a bit of a shopping expedition. We haven't been to a wedding for a couple of years, so it definitely means that I need to invest in a few bits, my husband has suits for work, so apart from maybe a new shirt and tie, there will be no great investment there and although I do have smart outfits for work, they have all been well worn and I quite fancy treating to myself to something new.
Then my happy thoughts of shopping sprees for me turn to something quite different; the thought of a family shopping trip. This is not a good combination, sadly the boys have not inherited my love of shopping and they don't have any smart clothes at all. I usually invest in one short sleeved smarter shirt for them for the summer, but this year typically, I didn't bother as they often sit in the wardrobe hardly worn before heading off the the charity shop the following year.
They just don't like smart clothes. Maybe it is because they have to wear a school uniform during the week, I don't know, but they have an absolute aversion to wearing anything other than the regulation shorts and tee-shirts with some nice kid's Vans that they keep nagging me to buy them during the summer months and even then the tee-shirts cannot have a collar or buttons either or they too will be destined for the hardly worn charity shop pile.
A on the other hand could quite easily wear most of her clothes to a wedding and look amazing. We have several beautiful summer dresses that would be lovely for a special occasion with the pretty cardigans and sparkly shoes to match. However, if she gets wind of everyone else getting a new outfit, she will not rest until she has one too.
So, we have started to look around at some possible combinations of clothes for R this week who has suddenly aged 9 become very conscious of what he wears. He loves the idea of choosing something new to wear, but when I showed him some smart trousers and shirts on the internet, I could see that dim and distant look come over his face and I knew that I had lost him. "Can I just wear my American flag tee-shirt?" That was his response. I shook my head with despair and told him that weddings were really special and that if we are invited to attend, the least we could do would be to wear something appropriate. The glazed expression returned.
L and A will be easier. L doesn't like wearing shirts, but he will if I choose something with green in it (his favourite colour) and as I said before with A something pink and frilly and she will be the happiest child there. Whatever I do end up buying for the boys will be combined with school trousers and shoes to help keep the costs down and I will happily buy A a dress, but that will be it for her too.
I will have to bite the bullet at some point in the next week or so and take the three of them kicking and screaming around the shops in order to get them all suited and booted and I shall combine it with the other summer holiday outing of horrors; the school shoe shopping trip, which is always a struggle and they almost always all need new shoes, trainers, football boots and the stress of trying to get three grumpy children into three different sets of shoes in a busy shop does not fill me with great joy.
Thinking about it, maybe I will shop online for the wedding outfits and save just a little of my sanity for another day.
This is a sponsored post, however I do have to buy wedding outfits and school shoes for my children and it will be very stressful.