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The result of when you let a toddler choose your clothes is this..

Summer Bellessa in some of the outfits chosen for her by her son Rockwell, 3.

Summer Bellessa in some of the outfits chosen for her by her son Rockwell, 3. Photo: Instagram/SummerBellessa

It’s just one of the long list of tasks parents of toddlers undertake every single day – deciding what their child will wear.

But when one mum turned the tables and let her young son choose her clothes for a week, not only did she end up wearing unusual wardrobe combinations and mismatching shoes, she also inspired other mothers to do the same.

“How crazy could it be? I like everything in my closet, and I mix and match items all the time,” Summer Bellessa wrote of the seven days she let three-year-old Rockwell dictate what she wore. “Well, let’s just say it was interesting.”

Some of the outfits on show under with the #toddlerstylist tag on Instagram.

Some of the outfits on show under with the #toddlerstylist tag on Instagram. Photo: Instagram

Bellessa, an American actress and fashion blogger, documented her experience on Babble and posted pictures on Instagram.

The popularity of the posts lead to the creation of the #todderStylist hashtag, which is seeing mums from around the world post social media pics of their own child-directed outfits.

Day one of Bellessa’s experiment started well, with her son creating a rock-chick look consisting of a Bob Dylan shirt, grey skirt and matching tights. The mum-of-two became a little worried when Rockwell teamed the outfit with nude coloured shoes and a blue hooded jacket, but nevertheless she accepted the toddler’s decisions and began her day.

Some of the outfits on show under with the #toddlerstylist tag on Instagram.

Some of the outfits on show under with the #toddlerstylist tag on Instagram. Photo: Instagram

“I walked down the stairs to show off my outfit to my husband. I waited for a laugh, but he didn’t notice anything different. I decided his lack of reaction was either (because of) the fact that I’m constantly wearing things that are a little out of the ordinary, or that I’d trained him too well,” Bellessa wrote on Babble.

From there things got more interesting, with Bellessa spending two days of the week in mismatching shoes.

And when the little boy only chose three tops for Bellessa to wear one morning, she had to gently point out that “Mummy can’t go outside without pants on”.

“He nodded his head in understanding and pointed to the closest pair of pants,” Bellessa wrote.

Bellessa admits she felt a little self-conscious some days, such as when she had to run errands dressed in a flower print dress which Rockwell had matched with flower print knee-high socks and stripey shoes. However, by the end of the week Bellessa had realised that people don’t really care what others wear.

“The pressure we put on ourselves to look a certain way is just that: pressure we put on ourselves,” she wrote. “I wore two different shoes for two days, and no one noticed until I pointed it out. You can be playful with your clothes, or casual or stylish, but it’s really up to you.”

From a parenting perspective, Bellessa believes it was good for her son to have a turn at being the decision maker.

“A lot of being a mum is telling people what to do, and it was therapeutic for both of us to change roles, if even in this small way. He enjoyed having his opinions heard, but he was also done after a certain point,” she wrote.

“I would recommend letting your little one pick your outfit one day this week and seeing how it goes. Not only will it be something that they remember, it was also be liberating.

“The last thing I learned from this experiment is to find moments to be silly. Silliness is good for your kids and for your heart. Don’t take yourself too seriously: they’re just clothes.”

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