Sound Off! How Do You Dress Your Children for Special Occasions?

01/20/2009 at 09:00 AM ET

With the inauguration of Barack Obama today, not only is the country (and the world) looking at the changes taking place in Washington, D.C., but the fashions, too! A parade of parties and events are happening in the nation’s capital today, and personally, we’re excited to see what Obama’s daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, will be wearing. Last week we offered some ideas for the girls’ outfits, and today we’ll find out if our predictions were correct.

Since Michelle Obama obviously had a hand in choosing her daughters’ outfits, we’re wondering, how do you dress your children on special occasions? Suits for boys, party dresses for girls? And in your family, what qualifies as a special occasion?

So here’s your chance to Sound Off! Tell us how you prepare your children for special occasions.


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angela on

my mom always dressed me for christmas and easter.

Mary on

I love seeing little kids all dressed up, but it is usually pointless getting them too dressed up because they ruin through the yard and they are all dirty with their expensive dresses ripped. So after all of these years, I think that you should only dress your kids up for REALLY big occasions like weddings.

Cheryl on

I make occasions to dress my kids up. We like to dress up to go to brunch on Sunday, or just out for fun. I remember when I was a little girl how special it was to get dressed in a party dress. I try to make up occasions so my kids get to do it more often than I did. They love it.

Heza Hekele on

We get dressed up for Christmas and Easter and whatever other occasion we can come up with. Bithday portraits are a big one. While I’ve never put my son in a suit (have yet to take him to a wedding, etc), I’ve gone all out for girl dresses, just because they are fun to buy and fun to take pics of the kids dressed pretty in the summer in Nana’s garden. Finding nice “dress shirts” a couple times a year for the boys has always been something that I’ve done…even before the opportunity to buy dresses (before the girls).

JB on

My grandmother always bought matching Christmas dresses for me and my female cousins and coordinating outfits for the boys. It was a little too much, but it made her happy. I make an effort to dress my girls up for family occasions, holidays and parties. It drives me crazy when someone shows up for Christmas dinner in sweatpants or a t-shirt. The trick is to find nice clothing on sale or at outlets so it’s not a big deal when they get grass-stained. I also believe in letting my kids take off party shoes or tights or hair bows once we’ve taken a nice picture.