The Hunt: Styling For Boys
Finding girl clothes is easy and I have always found that the girls sections are always twice the size of the boys ones. So when I had my son it took me a while to find stores and brands that offered the kind of clothes I wanted him to wear. Some of them were more on the pricey side ($40) and some lower priced stores surprised me.
There are pieces that I prefer to spend more money on like shoes, outerwear (jumpers) and a few pairs of pants that he can wear when we go out but not for the playground. Otherwise it's all about finding the right combination of items that give you that look you want.
Now I have a few tricks up my sleeve that won't cost you a arm and a leg but will have your little one looking stylish on a budget. First up is the humble Dribble Bib! They are more than just a piece of material to soak up drool. They are a great way of adding personality to an outfit and can even make a plan t-shirt and track pant combo look good!
Secondly don’t be afraid of patterns! They are one of my go to looks, whether it's a patterned pair of pants, tee or jumper, you just pair it with a block colour or stripes (if you want to go mix prints) and away you go. Again you can add a dribble bib for some personality or a cute pair of sneakers. Patterns are also great for hiding stains!
My third trick is for winter. If like me your child is still fitting in his short sleeve summer tops then layer a long sleeve one underneath. You can pick up some great basic long sleeve tops from Best And Less for $3, layer it under a t-shirt or short sleeve shirt and away you go. It adds layers so they wont get cold and you don't feel like you are wasting their summer pieces before they have a chance to grow out of them.
My forth and final trick it to mix and match your expensive and cheaper pieces. For example I like to put Duke in a pair of grey tracksuit pants from Target and pair it with a t-shirt, denim jacket and a pair of Adidas shoes. The shoes elevate the look, but everything else is a basic item. Same goes for a great leather jacket or high quality knit with a pair of H&M jeans and sneakers.
With all that said and done lets get to the fun part... where to shop! For my go to cheaper priced pieces I head to Target, Best and Less, H&M and Uniqlo. They all stock great basics as well as more fashion pieces and they are all great quality. The best part is they are super affordable and there sizes are pretty on point. I also find great onsies at Best and Less!
My mid range places are Next and Marks and Spencer which are both from the UK. They offer great packs of basic tees/pants as well as amazing stand out items. Also if you have a wedding or christening Marks and Spencer have great formal wear for kids and with Next, they offer free shipping.
However if I want to spend a bit more money I head to Zara, Seed, Industrie and Country Road. I'm obsessed with these brands. These are my go to's for the staples and special occasion outfits like Duke's birthday outfit. However I do like to go into these stores than shop them online as they offer better choice and a better size range.
Lastly for shoes, I do have some that are from Kmart and Best and Less but I have found the more expensive ones have been more value. Duke's Adidas trainers have lasted him so well and I also loved his Seed sandles for summer, they cost a bit more but lasted him the entire season. So my advice is spend a bit more on one pair of quality shoes per season and then buy one or two cheaper pairs. You can also save the more expensive shoes for any future babies as they hold up so well.
What would a post about shopping be without a shop section. To help you get started I've put together my favourite pieces from the above brands below. Mix it up, have some fun and don't spend too much ; )