When was the last time you let your child choose your outfit for the day, or did you ever enable it to happen?
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, who is married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr. and mom to their 2-year-old daughter, Charlotte, let the tot choose her ensemble for Sunday’s annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony.
Gellar, who now stars in The CW series “The Ringer,” donned a royal blue and white strapless Monique Lhuillier ballgown that carried a tie-dye-like look. The frock drew its share of praise and criticism, but the fact that her little girl chose mommy’s gown for a night on the town was simply too sweet to quash. I was surprised that E! Network’s “Fashion Police” gave it a nod (if anyone watches “Fashion Police,” Joan Rivers could really rake some celebs’ fashion choices over the coals!).
“Sarah Michelle Gellar may get a little flack for being different tonight. But there are at least two fans for the Ringer star and her unique Monique Lhuillier gown—that would be us and her 2-year-old daughter, Charlotte, who helped her pick the dress out,” the E! online website states. “In fact, the blue watercolor print looks a little like a toddler watercolor painting, but it’s such a mesmerizing effect, along with the elegant asymmetrical draping, that this definitely gets a gold star in our books.”
I agree. It’s different, but an eye-catcher in a good kind of way. Gellar even gushed about how Charlotte chose everything, from the dress to the shoes, jewelry and purse that she brought to the red carpet.
“I didn’t try on that many dresses,” Gellar said on the red carpet, according to people.com. “My 2-year-old walked in, walked up (to) this dress and said, ‘Mama, wear this!’ So I put it on and said, ‘OK!’ ”
My daughter Amber did something similar to that when she was 4 years old. It was Easter Saturday 2008. I went to Boscov’s department store just to see if I could find a dress for Easter Sunday. I hadn’t gotten myself a new outfit for the holiday in a few years, while Amber had a new dress every Easter since birth.
Perusing dresses in the women’s department, Amber found a black, jersey-knit one with fuchsia trim on the scoop neckline, sleeves and hemline.
“Here you go, Mommy! Try this one on,” she said.
I headed to the fitting room with that dress and another one, and I ended up buying the one that Amber picked off the rack. I chose the accessories and shoes at home, but it was still neat how my little girl helped me that Easter. It’s one of my favorite memories, and I’m sure Sarah Michelle will hold her daughter’s choice in her heart as well for years to come — even if critics might hold it against her.