Some of my Favorite fashion moments from Henry's What I Wore posts...
Ive been wanting to write this post for a while. I get a lot of comments about how I dress Hendrix and how cute his clothes are so I wanted to share some of my advice. As you all probably know most mainstream stores are seriously limited in the boys clothing department. Even places like Target are lacking in the boys area. I mean, don't get me wrong, I buy stuff from Target and they do have cute stuff however, the boys section is a fraction of the size of the girls. I am on a constant quest for fun, new pieces for Henry's closet. As time goes on I feel like I learn more and more about what I should be putting my money into and what H could really do without. Here's some of my advice...
INVESTMENT PIECES In many ways my fashion philosophies for Henry are the same for me. I splurge on some pieces, things I believe are investments and the rest is mostly vintage or thrifted. I used to think that the items I spent more dough on should be the more unique pieces but lately I have been leaning more towards basic and classics that I know will be worn by my next child. I'm a huge fan of lines like Nico.Nico, Esp No.1, and American Apparel that offer pieces that are durable and unisex. Why would I spend money on something he will only wear here and there versus something that he will wear constantly? It just seems to make more sense that things like a cozy tee in a simple color would be better served if it were higher quality. That's why I love these brands. So yes, 30 dollars may seem a bit much for a plain tee but not if he wears it twice a week for the next 6 months (plus, someday his sibling can do the same).
Some cute outfits of Henry's VIA Instagram.
ONE. Vintage tee and Target Sunglasses. TWO. American Apparel sweater and harem pants. Nico.Nico tee. Converse hi tops. THREE. Thrifted stripes and plaids.
THRIFT Come on, all the cool kids are doing it! Thrifting rules. Its recycling, it's cheap, and its like treasure hunting. What's not to love? Some of my coolest stuff came from thrifting adventures.I love vintage and Hendrix has a pretty bad ass collection of vintage tees. If you have a little lady there is nothing cuter than vintage dresses. Check some of my favorites out HERE.
SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES Get on Etsy and start searching. I love mixing in pieces from smaller shops that I have found online.
Some of my fav small business are
SHOES You can never go wrong with a pair of Converse chucks or Vans slip ons. I thrift a lot of shoes ahead of time. If they are in good condition and you spot a pair of chucks/slip ons at a thrift store, grab them. Even if they are 8 sizes too big. They NEVER go out of style so someday they will wear them. Also, in neutral colors they are unisex as well. I scour thrift stores for snow boots and rain boots as well. I hate spending big money on seasonal items that only get worn a few times. Again, grab them in bigger sizes and hold onto them. I also recommend getting your lil one a pair of Saltwater Sandals and Moccasins. You won't regret it. In my wildest sartorial dreams I would get Hendrix a pair of boots from Allsaints.
SEASONAL ITEMS I wanted to touch upon this a bit more. I invest in a good winter coat for our kids and lot of gloves and hats. In New England the winters are harsh and it is a necessity. I love Gap Kids for outerwear. It's high quality and bit pricey but well worth it. For summer I have recently become OBSESSED with American Apparel swimwear. The boys bathing suits are so light weight and I don't know what magic they performed to make this happen but they dry almost instantly. As soon as the kids are out of the water the suit is dry. I hate seeing them have super wet suits sticking to their legs. ick! Peep the suits HERE
ONE. Oversized gap tee. Imps & Elves leggings. Thrifted rain boots. TWO. Nico.Nico jumper THREE. Thrifted tee and cutoffs.
OH YOU FANCY, HUH? Sometimes we all want a lil luxury and the same goes for little ones. They deserve it too. Plus, if you followed my advice from the two above than you've already saved a bunch of moola and can now afford to splurge. Every once in a while you should go to the fancy boutique and buy something just cause you love it. I love Monkey & The Bug. If you didn't already know this than you obviously don't know me. They carry great brands and I love going in there and getting something special for H. I buy a lot of gifts there too.
Some of my fav luxury brands for kiddos are
Stella Mcartney for Kids
MIX N MATCH I hate things that are too matchy matchy. Mix it up. Kids can get away with it.
ACCESSORIZE I love to layer Henry's outfits with scarves, hats, and sunglasses.
ONE. Bobo Choses on the beach TWO. H&M tank and American Apparel diaper cover THREE. Vintage tee and American Apparel bathing suit
GENDER NEUTRAL I really don't believe in instilling in my children that if you are certain sex that you should play with certain toys or dress a certain way. Obviously my son wont be wearing a dress or anything but I don't go for overly 'boyish" outfits. My child wears every color of the rainbow. Every time I put that kid in anything that isn't covered in trucks or dinos people think hes a girl. Even if its blue! (I am going to write more on this subject later in another post)
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS dress 'em like a little old man. Nothin cuter than a baby in suspenders and a bow tie. Just sayin.
**I need to interject here that if you dont own a good stain remover you are cray cray! Get on it! Shout it out baybeee. Its works and it keeps your kids clothing looking fresh***
The following are my all time favorite brands/shops for kids.
Monkey & The Bug
Sienna Loves Kai
Any advice you want to ad? I'd love to hear your kids fashion philosophy!