Dressing the doll, and why I care!MY VIEWS, PARENTING | Nirasha Jaganath | November 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm
Let me preface this conversation by stating at the outset that I have several naked dolls around my home. I do! I have absolutely not issue about that. I really don’t. I am not embarrassed to admit that I puffy heart dolls. I love dressing them more. I don’t care if anyone thinks that it is tacky to make that confession or whether they draw innuendoes from it to mean that a woman’s place is in the home. For the record I think a woman’s place is wherever the heck she wants to be and spending 12 years as an engineer has more than confirmed my belief that women deserve to be in every place they want to. Now, let’s get back to the topic at hand, shall we?
I had one doll growing up. One! But that doll got dressed and redressed oodles of times. I did not have much of a choice and honestly I think most were handmade outfits. I remember thinking I would never tire of it. Of course I stopped doing it and a mixture of life and growing up got in the way. Then I had a girl, and another. I would be lying if I did not admit relishing the moments my girls snuggle with me and their doll nestled in between. My girls consider themselves fashionistas, and lacking in that department I am not sure whether I am in any position to judge whether there is any truth in that, so naturally they would want to dress their dolls.
Recently I got to choose a few outfits for their Corolle dolls and I gave them free reign of the catalog. It is an exciting thing being a Corolle Ambassador and having that exciting opportunity. While my kids generally choose their clothing to purchase, I am selective about the stores they frequent. My girls are 6 and 8 and into Scrabble, Nancy Drew, crafts, cooking and pretend playing. And that is exactly how I want it to be at this age. They have their whole life to just “grow up”. I want them to enjoy their age and have clothes that allow them freedom to express their fashion desires without our hangups created by the media at large.
I love that with Corolle dolls I feel at ease. Realistic features without the waistline of an imagery person or boobs sticking out at an age of a fully grown woman. I’m not about shielding them or hiding stuff but just about not wanting to fling it out in their face before they can physically and mentally grasp what an older women could. The clothing line for the dolls for Corolle actually stir up a bit of jealousy in me. I would love to dress like that. I mean these are not just miniaturized clothing but serious fashionable clothing. The little wraps or puffy jacket (which is EXACTLY like the one my daughter just purchased for herself) all scream classy.
Before Corolle, one of the tasks hubby and I always cringed for was helping the girls, before they had better motor skills in their hands, dress their dolls. If you managed to get the flimsy outfit on without it ripping (which has happened and got the floodgates of tears break loose soon after), then you could dream of getting it of and being used again. The single row of stitching meant you could dream about making this an item you passed down for generations.
With the amazing line of outfits for the dolls my girls can extend their fashion sense to their little dolls. As much as I concern myself with how my girls dress, I consider it equally important to watch the dolls they own and the clothing she wears,.. even if I occasionally find a naked doll in the house from time to time.
Disclosure: I am a Corolle Ambassador!