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Friday, January 25, 2013

Playing Dress-Up is NOT just for Girls!

Birthday in a Box


- Boys Can Play Dress-Up Too -


When your hear a parent talking about their kids playing dress-up, most people automatically think they are talking about their daughters. Dress-up has always been known for being more of a girls activity but that's not always so. When my step-son is over at the house and his sisters are playing dress-up, he wants to play too. Of course he don't want any faerie wings or dresses to wear but a couple years ago he started asking me if I would find him some boy dress-up clothes so he could play with his sisters, So I agreed. I started at the best place I could think of to find dress-up clothes... Thrift Stores! They are always full of all kinds of different types of clothes for cheap. When looking for dress-up clothes for boys or girls, it's always easier to start with Halloween Costumes. They are ready made dress-up clothes that don't have to be packed away after wearing them one night. Lots of people take all their old Halloween costumes that they have out grown to the thrift stores so it's easy picking as long as you can find your child's size, even a size or 2 bigger would be okay. Don't think that you have to search for strictly Halloween Costumes, anything can be used as dress-up clothes, you just have to be creative.

For example:
  • To make a Cowboy Costume you could use a wore out pair of jeans, a flannel shirt, a brown vest, cowboy boots and hat and maybe a belt. (You can find cow-boy belts with plastic guns at The Dollar Tree)
  • For a Mad Scientist you can use a pair of white cloth pants, an over sized button up white shirt (maybe a chefs coat). Add some black framed glasses and a few glass or plastic vases as the potion beakers.
  • The options are endless!!

If you don't have any luck at the thrift stores on the day you go, don't give up. Some days are better than others when it comes to thrift store shopping. You just have to keep your eyes open and keep checking back.

  • If you like the Halloween Costume idea for dress-up clothes, wait until early November to buy the costumes. That's when the stores start their Halloween Sales to get rid of all the extra Halloween costumes and decorations so they can start getting ready for Thanksgiving. You can get costumes for just a few dollars! I like to buy a few of them when they're on sale and put a couple up for Christmas presents. 
My step-son has his own dress-up collection now and it's nowhere near being girlie! We found a cape, things for a fireman, an army man,a ninja and a couple more. He was so happy the next time he came over. The kids played for hours, running around in their dress-up clothes. That's when it really hit me that the saying “Dress-up is for girls” is a myth.

Boys like to play pretend too.

You can also find lots of retailers on and offline that sale a variety of dress-up and Make-believe clothes for Boys and Girls!

Try www.anytimecostumes.com
They have TONS of costume choices for all ages and their prices are great!

Birthday in a Box also has great Costume choices!


Birthday in a Box

9 comments:

  1. I love this post!! Thank you for saying that Boys can play Dress-up too!! It's words that needed to be said out loud!

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  2. What a great post! That's great that boys like dress-up too!

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  3. Great ideas! Our oldest son likes to play dress up as well. He usually chooses a super hero - Iron Man and Spider man are his favorites. You're so right, though! It isn't just for girls! Great post!!

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    1. My youngest step-son likes being a super hero also, he always seems to come up with his own crazy super hero name though and runs around in random dress-up attire lol! He's being some type of vampire monster who chases my girls, in the photo :) You just can't help but to love all these wild kids!!
      -My inspiration for this post was the day he walked up to me and asked me to find him some dress-up clothes, I was on a mission after that :)

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  4. This are wonderful ideas for boys! We only have girls, but I like to keep some boy dress up things around for when our nephews are over or other kids!

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    1. I personally have only had girls but my fiance has 2 boys and I have to say that raising boys is nothing like raising girls! :) I'm not sure which one is hardest! I'm just glad that they found something fun to do together.

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  5. Wonderful ideas! It's so easy to make simple costumes for kids (for adults, too). We used to make similar costumes for my little cousins and they were extremely cute and just as happy as with store-bought costumes.

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  6. I love and like this post post it recall my past when we played our brother and sister with the plastic and the paper doll.When play the Dress up games for girls with our static dolls but now is change to the virtual games like to the computer games.

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