Last night, Boy One announced that he would like one of those dressing gown coats. You know? With the tie thing that's like a belt but not quite.
Eventually it transpired that what he wants is a trench coat - detective style. Like Columbo, or, his hero, Skulduggery Pleasant.
(Last time I wrote about Columbo, the actor Peter Falk died the day after the post which was somewhat strange.)
"It looks really cool, like a detective. Plus, as well, it would also keep me warm and dry," he explained.
So do I buy my 12-year-old son an trench coat?
Why I should:
- He's right, it can look cool.
- He's never shown an interest in what he wears before so the change should be embraced.
- Adopting a signature style isn't a bad idea. People with a big enough personality to wear hats, capes and the like without looking foolish are inevitably attractive.
- It would keep him warm and dry.
Why I shouldn't.
- He's 12 and very tall and skinny. I fear he might look somewhat daft.
- Having Asperger's, he doesn't need anything else that might draw the attention of bullies.
- A signature look on one so young might be mistaken for fancy dress.
What would you do?