Thursday, 19 April 2012

Trench warfare: style statement from an Aspie


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. 


Oh?


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?


10 comments:

  1. Actually seems like a sensible choice for a coat! It will keep him dry and warm, so why not, and maybe it will look a little silly, does that matter. He will be happy, and you will be A number 1 in his book by making his day...I say win win :-)

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    1. Good point. I'll need to see how silly he looks in one first.

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    2. I'd be rather wary of the "so what if he dies look a little silly" approach for a 12 yr old. Speaking from experience, children usually need to fit in without looking silly and can be ostracised if they do.

      When he's a little older, the others will mind much less if he lOoks a little "Indie."

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  2. Buy it and let him express his individuality. If he doesn't enjoy it, he'll "retire" it. I speak of the mother of a son with skinny purple jeans...at the back of the wardrobe.

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    1. I'm coming round to that way of thinking - now just the simple matter of finding a trench coat for a 12 year old...

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  3. I'd say go with it. You'll want to encourage him to make decisions about other things as he's becoming a teenager so starting with something harmless like a trench coat seems like a good starting point to me. You could always help him to pick something a bit less conspicuous than the columbo look if he's alright with a different colour. I'd reckon if you put a stop to this one the demands will only become more outrageous. Don't envy you trying to find one though! The Post made me smile in my lunch hour. Thanks

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    1. You're probably right. A trench coat now might prevent a mohican later.

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  4. just say yes....the hell of saying no and 'ruining' his life....as I've been told I've done....far out ways any heckling from the fashion police....and who knows he might look brilliant!!

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    1. That is a possibility... if Colombo was a tall think 12 year old boy!

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  5. I wonde if you mIght be able to find a style that has the edge taken off it somewhat as a sort if compromise? I doubt whether you'll find the Columbo style for a 12 year old anyway.

    My 12 year old also likes trench coats and they were actually in fashion for girls but I've still found her a slightly toned-down red one.

    He'll probably always need to tone down his style choices to fit what's available and this might be a starting point and a compromise that doesn't bring all the possible negatives crashing down on his head. You wouldn't want to scare him away completely from making his own style statements.

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