Before having children, there was hope that future prospective children would become fashion icons. Mom's child would always be wearing outfits that made them look like a Beckham, not that off-brand nonsense with the elephants and kitties all over the fabric. Mom's baby was going to slay, navigating the world in moto jackets, dope boots and tiny aviators.
The kids have their moments, but really, that's all they are. Fleeting moments. If there is a special event, that kid might bring it. But the majority of the time, they might not. The one thing not taken into account in pre-parental daydreams was toddler's own personal opinions and ideas. Mom might buy them that moto jacket, but they might say it's scratchy and beg her to wear their Woody hat, underpants and a pair of rain boots, instead.
Here are some pics of kids who clearly weren't having the whole mom-gets-to-decide thing:
20 I SPY WITH MY ONE EYE...
Little eye is judging you. Just look at it there, staring back at you from behind the supercoolio Spiderman mask, daring you to comment on her outfit.
And you know what? Don't. This girl brought the fashion thunder with this look, pairing an edgy Marvel vibe with a tutu and Peppa Pig jammie pants to form a feministic, I'm-every-woman aesthetic.
This baby girl knows who she is, and if I were you, I wouldn't mess with her. Also, that nearly-unnoticeable red mug in the background tells us she's already had her morning fix of chocolate milk, so she is wide-awake and ready to go. Just back away and let her pass.
19 NOTHING SAYS " MY CHEEKS FEEL WARM" LIKE YOUR CHILD HITTING THE TOWN IN SWIM GOGGLES
This girl is all about the win. One look at those begoggled eyes, and you can see the glow of victory. Because not only did this girl dress herself, but she did it her way.
Sparkle shoes? Yes. Conductor satchel? Er, duh. Mismatched floral skirt and shirt? Yes, bring it on, and come to mama. She wasn't just putting on an outfit, she was putting on a stylistic point of view.
There's a confidence that comes along with wearing swim goggles as an accessory, and this slayer has it. She screams, without saying a word, I am wearing goggles to dinner, and you cannot stop me!
18 THE ADORABLE GLASSES ARE JUST THE TIP OF THIS FASHION ICEBERG
Our friend here is all about functionality. That headband is cute, but it has been placed down over her head, yanked into place with such vigor that it made her hair stick straight out. Does this girl care enough to fix it? Nope - she doesn't have time for that nonsense.
She wears her mother's glasses to get an adult point of view. She selected her shirt and righteous madras shorts by grabbing the first two items in her drawer. And the socks - well, they keep her calves warm while she reads motivational nonfiction.
Though her parents may not relish taking this ensemble out in public, they know theirs is not a daughter to be questioned. She knows exactly what she's doing.
17 PLAID DUDE SWAGGER
"Austin, go get dressed."
"What should I wear?"
"I don't care, just make sure it matches."
Done and done. This little dynamo knows that plaid has to go with plaid; it only makes sense, right? So he rummaged wildly through the laundry until he found his two favorite plaid articles of clothing. He even buttoned the shirt all by himself, the little overachiever.
His parents might try convincing him to un-plaid himself a little before they go to the supermarket, but they totally shouldn't. This kid's plaid aesthetic is destined to show up on a fashion week runway someday, especially his unique bi-symmetrical buttoning methodology.
Tim Gunn would think he's totally making it work, and so should they.
16 DINOSAUR BOY HAS OLD-MAN FLAIR
Ah, the dinosaur enthusiast; he's a heck of a whimsical dresser. This kid enjoys dressing like a tiny version of your granddad who winters in Florida.
Why wear white socks when you can wear argyle? And the Lakers rule, so Lakers shorts are always a win, right? He wears the Hawaiian shirt because he is all about comfort and lounge wear. Also, he likes the way it makes him feel especially saucy.
The hat, though, friends - it is all about the hat. Say what you will about kids dressing themselves, but when they top off an outfit with headwear such as this, there is nothing to be beet-faced about. At all.
15 HER MOANA GAME IS STRONG, THOUGH
Yes, she's wearing a tutu over her leggings. And yes, she's wearing adorably-patterned rain boots over said leggings. And yes, sigh, she is wearing a big flowered headband.
But don't let those things fool you. She may be wearing the accoutrements of a straight-up pampered princess, but she is rocking a Moana t-shirt. You know, Moana of the voyaging fame? The girl who sailed across the sea to restore the heart of Te Fiti and save her people? The daughter of the chief?
She may be unorthodox in her attire and garner extra attention when they drop into McDonald's to get her a Happy Meal, but this little mama is wearing a feminist icon on her shirt. Let her be.
14 THE GIRL KNOWS WHAT SHE LIKES
Her mother may have laid out a dress and a nice pair of tights for her to wear, but this little lovely is not inclined to wear it. She appreciates the suggestion and will think on it while she practices her show tunes, but she's fairly certain she's sticking with the outfit she picked out.
Really, why would she switch it up? She's rocking a green and yellow floral blazer; what's cooler than that? She's wearing that jacket and making herself a veritable focal point with the statement bow and superfly boots.
Talk about owning a look.
13 IF YOU CAN BE A VIKING, BE A VIKING
This little girl has got it going on. Though she's wearing a mother-approved, incredibly cute dress, she was not about to show up at a family get-together without personalizing her look. Her mother probably spent a lot of time searching for this perfectly angelic outfit, only to have the kiddo kick it up a notch with the Viking helmet and foam projectiles.
Sorry, mom - everybody knows that anytime you can be a Viking, you should be a Viking.
12 CHILL REINDEER VIBES
Look at this guys's surroundings. Gorgeous floor, flawless rug, perfectly gleaming woodwork; his mama is no slouch. She turns out a great house and will accept nothing short of perfection.
So she had to have been thrilled when he busted-out the good old reindeer costume. Not only can you not see the Ralph Lauren oxford and bow tie that are hiding underneath that furry suit, but his freshly-coiffed locks are invisible.
He's crushing it as Rudolph, but mother is not pleased.
11 SO, SO FRESH
Hello, lovely. Can we just take a minute to look at the glory that is this picture? It's not that the outfit pieces shown here, by themselves, are that outlandish. T-shirt, shorts, socks and shoes; that's pretty much a standard casual outfit.
But this girl wasn't satisfied with standard. She cranks up the amps on this ensemble with her attitude until it screams fashion forward. With her dance hands, groovy sock game, Velcro closures and on-pointe hip-pop, she is a sight to behold.
Even if that isn't exactly what her parents were looking for.
10 SO ECLECTIC IT'S ELECTRIC
Dang, girl. There are outfits, and there are outfits. The above is of the latter, of course, and it is incredible. This particular compilation is from her upcoming spring collection titled "I just cleaned my room and look what I found."
Batman Shoes - check. Spiderman shirt - check. Mardi Gras beads - check. Butterfly wings - check. Dope shades - check. Elf hat - checkety-check.
That is quite a fashion checklist, little lady. You keep doing you.
9 THERE'S A LOT GOING ON, BUT THE KID'S GOT THE SWAG TO PULL IT OFF
If you asked me to wear a bedazzled cap with a bedazzled scarf, and you suggested I throw in an animal print furry vest, that alone would be enough to get a No way! shouted in your direction.
But this moxie girl didn't stop there. Oh, no, no - she's got too much flair to be contained in only three fashion pieces. She added to that a fuchsia tulle skirt, pattered leggings, shiny pink slippers and attitude shades.
What makes it mesh, though, is all that attitude. Hand on hip, playful smirk, bent leg; she loves this ensemble and it shows.
I'm not sure the world is ready for this outfit, but this girl is.
8 A CAPE IS ALWAYS A BOLD CHOICE
Magicians wear capes, which is probably what makes them seem so magical. Fairy tale heroines are fond of them, as well. These enigmatic fashion pieces are not for those who like to blend, that much is certain. They are bold and in-your-face, just like this little polka-dotted cape-ster.
We're not sure if she is conjuring her inner-Red Riding Hood or going her own way, but it definitely sets a tone.
This girl will not be overlooked. Whether they're heading to Target or going out to dinner, this cape-wearing diva's parents know that they will definitely be the center of attention.
Whether they want to be or not.
7 IT'S ALL IN HOW YOU WEAR IT, GURRL
Who said shorts need to go on your waist? Or match your shirt or even your second pair of shorts? This little girl is thinking outside of the box, and we like it.
The peeping neck opening of her head-shirt does accentuate her facial features, and who can argue that the lime-green garment perfectly covers her bad hair day?
All she needs to add is a designer handbag and some sweet kicks and she might very-well have a photog-ready look.
Now, odds are good that her parents might not choose to take her in public while she's wearing this outfit, but if they decide to be bold, they might be rewarded with a lot of attention.
6 BECAUSE COPS NEED STYLE, TOO
Do you think that every cop has a wild, repressed, zebra pant side of them, just ready to get out and run free? Perhaps they can't let it out, at least not while the on the clock, but this little girl is rocking it for them.
Zebra pants, boots, police jacket and biker hat. Wow. It is a bold look and not a look for everyone, which is why her folks might not be keen on letting her go along while they meet the new neighbors.
If you look at this little missy's face, though, it's easy to see that she owns it. This girl IS a wild zebra.
5 LIKE A FLIP-FLOPPIN' BOSS
We love every little bit of this look. It's a bit mature, so it makes sense that some parents might want to dissuade this emboldened aesthetic when they're going out in public, but it works for us.
The sunglasses are awesome, making the kid look like he's one hundred percent in charge. And pairing them with the Batman hat is almost arrogant in its absolute marriage of power; bold, but crazy-effective.
The camera and the vest give it a campy vibe that goes well with the flip-flops, but we are obsessed with the chain. What about that chain? Why is it looped around his arm? What is on it, if anything?
Inquiring minds want to know.
4 TIGHTS AND PANTS LOOK SO ALIKE IN THE DRAWER, YET SO DIFFERENT ON
There was an episode of Seinfeld where a woman wore a bra as a top. She went about her day wearing only pants, a bra and a blazer. Needless to say, she got a lot of attention.
Is that what this tiny girl is up to? Is she redefining baby fashion by wearing tights as pants? Or is it something more mundane, like her parent accidentally mistook tights for pants? Our guess is the latter, as that's pretty easy to do.
The good news is that anything goes, fashion-wise, when a baby is under the age of two. They are so adorable that virtually any outfit faux pas is also considered cute.
3 BOOTS WITH THE FUR
"Hang on a sec - I have to take this."
This little multitasker is channeling her inner J-Lo and we think it is totally working for her. Fur vest and fur boots? It might be too much for some preschoolers, but it's just right for this girl. No fur is too much, and she'll pair that vest with a sleeveless dress just to show-off what her trainer has done for her lately, thank you very much.
Also, she takes her coffee with three sugars. Get going.
2 WHEN YOUR DAD IS A BALLER, YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH ALWAYS DO YOU
Oh, little Miss Curry. We all know how cool she is from her NBA press conferences, but when she dresses herself, it's fashion gold.
Capes, cat ears and My Little Pony - it's like the trifecta of outfit perfection. Her parents are pretty fashionable, so we imagine they might not have selected this unique ensemble if they were dressing her that day, but that doesn't diminish its punch.
Steph's not the only one with game in that house.
1 BECAUSE HE'S HAPPY
He loves Santa Claus. And pajama tops. And letters and polka dots and tiny toy puppies. This little fella's face is all exuberance, which is why his parents will cave and allow him to wear this to their neighbor's Christmas party. This kid's joy renders them incapable of doing anything other than laughing and saying "okay."
Designers love to tout outfits that can go from day-to-night, and, well, this one technically fits that bill. PJ's are night, spelling pants are day. Sure, it's unorthodox, this layering of day and evening wear, but his glee makes it all come together in an organic way. #bestdressed
Sources: Mashable.com, Boredpanda.com, Reddit.com, Huffingtonpost.com, Mothersandmiscellany.com.