We had a bit of a kerfluffle after the second day of school in Newmentia. This is the first time both boys have attended classes in the same building since their days at Elementia. The #1 son was upset that The Pony wore the same color shirt and shorts as he. Even though The Pony was up and dressed before #1 rolled out of bed.
The #1 son carefully puts together his attire fifteen minutes before he leaves the Mansion. He picks out his own clothes. Orders online. Shops at clothing stores. Nothing from The Devil's Playground for him. He organized his cronies and founded Fancy Friday at Newmentia. That's a day when they all dress nicely. Slacks and button-down shirts and ties for the guys, dresses for the girls. He's no slouch in the wardrobe department, that #1 son.
The Pony would not even drape himself in velvet if it was socially acceptable. His ensemble of choice is his pajamas. He would wear them all day if I'd let him. Many a time this summer, I had to remind him that his dad would be home soon, and would not look favorably upon his attire. So he would get dressed at 4:45 p.m. The Pony wears those pajamas outside to watch the goats graze. To water the animals. To collect the eggs. He'd wear them to town for shopping. Anywhere but school.
It's not like they are Hugh Hefner pajamas. The top is gray with red trim on the neck and wrists. The kind of thermal-underwear-looking pajamas that young boys wear. The top is so old that the long sleeves are now three-quarter length on his gangly arms. The bottom is above his bellybutton. It's like a midriff top, or a football practice jersey. The pants are flannel, forest green with a gold plaid. They're a bit too long, so he rolls a cuff on the legs.
It goes without saying that I lay out clothes for The Pony. He pairs plaid with stripes. Includes every color in his sartorial palette. Wears ankle socks midwinter with jeans. It's more efficient for me to decree what he wears than to send him back to change.
If #1 is so concerned about The Pony's attire, maybe HE should lay out his wardrobe from now on.