Neiman Marcus "Just Kidding" collection

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The economy may be in the dumpster, but someone out there must still be doing well. Case in point: The Neiman Marcus "Just Kidding" Collection for kids. I wish they were just kidding -- $242 for a coat from Juicy Couture, $98 jeans, a $231 Marc Jacobs dress with matching $312 boots, and a raincoat that tops out at $280.

On the one hand, the collection is very age-appropriate (I'm looking at you, Beyonce), dare I say, adorable. But one has to ask: Is it age-appropriate to dress kids up in clothes so expensive that you gasp out loud every time they walk near a mud puddle or a glass of red juice? How can kids be kids in $100 jeans or a $300 dress? They can't -- unless you're one very relaxed parent with a very good dry cleaner.

Fashion is fun, there's no doubt about it, and there are special occasions that require special clothing. But is it really for the kids? I just sent my five-year-off to kindergarten in one of her favorite outfits, a $5 resale find. And my three-year-old is eagerly awaiting her first day of playgroup in a new dress I spent $8 on, thanks to a $10 off coupon. They're both comfortable, happy, and feeling good about themselves, and I still have enough money left over to pay for things like, you know, FOOD and college tuition.

What about you? Would you consider an pricey outfit for your little one?

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