Baby Style: Fashion 101
Suri Cruise may be famous because of her parents, Tom and Katie, who are one of Hollywood’s leading couples, but she’s also got a reputation as being one of the most stylish tots in the states. From tutu dresses to coordinating shoes, this five-year-old brings fashion to the forefront for kindergartners all around.
However, dressing children can be a challenge. While some children will wear whatever you put on them, and some will turn their noses up at anything they did not personally pick out, others could care less what they wear – as long as it is comfortable or a specific color (and trust us, you’ll eventually grow tired of your baby crawling / walking around in bright yellow for weeks on end.)
If you’re looking for ideas on styling your children, these tips can help!
- Think personality. Some children arrive into this world flamboyant and outgoing, while others are shy and reserved. Bold colors, loud stripes, and funky accessories work for those who are not afraid to draw attention, while those who prefer to remain in the background might prefer tamer color choices and more simple clothing. Girls may be rough and tumble tomboys or dress-up princesses, so consider this when purchasing clothes, too. Those out climbing trees might want less formal wear for everyday clothing.
- Let the child choose. While this won’t work when the kids are first born, once they hit the magical stage of independence, which often happens around the age of two, many want to get dressed on their own. You may cringe at certain getups that include mismatched colors and patterns, but allowing your toddler to choose outfits increases his independence. Plus, it gives you a chance to see what he would really like to wear, given the choice. If the idea of allowing your son to mess up his dresser drawers on a daily basis haunts you, pick out several outfits and let him choose among those.
- Personalize it. Nothing says one-of-a-kind like a monogram, so if you want your child to stand out among the rest, purchase personalized pieces (but don’t say that three times)! Many places offer cute clothes with monograms. Dresses, shirts, and skirts can all bear the initials of the wearer, as can accessories, like backpacks and purses.
- Speaking of accessories, kids can use them, too! Adults know adding a pretty necklace, or a dapper hat, can change the entire look of an outfit, and the same goes for styling kids. Vanessa Raptopolous, Designer of Vanessa Amalia Jewelry, says, “As far as accessorizing kids, they love anything princessy, so the crown is always a hit.” Mostly, she says to remember to not over-think it. “Kids are so excited that you have given them jewelry that they are bound to take good care of it and love it like you want them to.” In addition, she says, children are more adventurous than adults, “… and have an uncanny knack to mix and match in a truly bohemian way!”
Wondering what’s coming up for fall? We were, too. Fashions today include fantastic vintage looks, ruffles, and appliqués for girls. And as all moms know, shoes can make (or break!) an outfit. Those in rainy climates may want to check out Stuart Weitzman’s Cha Cha boot, a great hybrid boot with a rain boot bottom and quilted shaft; and nothing goes better with capris, shorts, skirts, or long pants than a great pair of ballerina flats. And for boys or girls, don’t forget the eco-friendly clothing! Your children can stay comfortable and chic in organic cotton, no matter what the weather is!