This afternoon my son Garrett and his best buddy Randy came in and plopped down in front of the TV.
I had to see this. Randy wore orange plaid pants, a brown vest and white tee. He had a neon green and yellow friendship bracelet one of the girls had made him on one wrist. He also had an old silver pocket watch with the chain showing. My own son was in black jeans, a white shirt with pearlized snaps and an old bolo tie with bowling motif slide. They both have shaggy longish hair. Randy’s is blonde and thick. Garret’s is deep brown and glossy.
I thought of the old term “Fops and Dandies.” That’s my boys.
I had to smile. They have the personalities to get away with dressing like that in high school. The girls flock around them in droves. The other guys give them good-natured laughs. Of course everyone likes them. They’re Vampires – people can’t help it.
Yesterday they’d been in the usual teen uniform of tee-shirt and jeans. Who knows what they’ll wear tomorrow.
All things are going well with the Vampire kids this season. The drama of Middle School is over. High School has arrived.
I’m pretty easy about the dress code we impose on our kids. I know, I should say they need to express themselves and let their freak flags fly but not with how they look.
They are allowed a lot of creativity but there are some rules.
- They have to be clean.
- They can’t dress like slobs.
- Clothing has to fit well – nothing oversized, no sagging, no overly baggy tees and nothing too tight!
- If you wear leggings your shirt has to cover your butt.
- You can’t wear Halloween costumes everyday.
- No facial hair
- No Mohawks or shaved heads etc
- Only Clara gets pierced ears and nail polish
- No slutty clothes
- All black is ok but not every single day
- Wear a style not a costume.
- And that is what it comes down to is not to look like you’re wearing a costume.
- Don’t dress to piss people off.
- Follow the school dress code.
- Try to look good. Cause if you look good you’ll feel good. Trust me on this one. I’m right – because I’m the mom.
I had a lot of fun dressing them as babies so they learned early on how to put an outfit together.
Over the summer Garrett and Randy (both 17) developed a bad case of baby hamsters on their chins and other weird fuzz. Teddy (dad) told Garrett that he had to get rid of it by the time school started.
“You’re such a Victorian,” Garrett told his dad. Garrett often says that half kidding half not.
“You look stupid. Shave it off before school.” said Teddy.
“What next? This isn’t Duck Dynasty. No hamsters on your face. End of discussion.”
“When you graduate from high school you can wear a red lined opera cape and a beard down to your navel for all I care but not as long as you’re living under this roof.”
When the kids were younger they’d suggest living in a tent in the backyard when their dad said something they didn’t agree on, but it never lasted more than a few hours. Anyway….
As we all know Modern Vampire teens need to blend in, but still keep a good sense of style. They need to be attractive and appealing to others. It is just the way things are. For Vampire teens it is more a matter of survival plus it makes life a whole lot easier.
We talked a bit about college applications (they both sent in theirs this week with a small fortune in fees) and vintage clothing shops and how much they like their Economics and Math teachers. They talked about going out Friday night with the girls for a hunt. Looks like the year so far is relatively drama free and fun. The perfect senior year!
They’re good kids, even for Vampires. Especially for Vampires. But I have to admit it will take a while for me to get used to those orange plaid pants.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman