Having well-dressed, stylish children does not necessarily mean following the latest designer labels. It also doesn’t mean your kids can’t have fun while riding their scooters because they’re afraid of ruining their clothes. But it doesn’t have to be unfashionable either.
If done correctly, your child’s wardrobe can be both trendy and long-lasting. This includes putting together a functional wardrobe that is comfortable, and attractive and highlights your children’s best qualities.
What Are the Things to Consider in Dressing Up a Child?
There are numerous ways to spice up your kids’ wardrobe without sacrificing comfort and functionality. Here are some simple pointers to keep in mind when dressing your children.
Don’t Sacrifice Comfort Over Style
Trendy clothing is great for special occasions, but children are children, and they need to run and play regardless of the occasion. When shopping for kids’ clothes, make sure they have enough room for natural, free movement. Your child will look better, feel better, and most likely behave better as a result.
Allow your little one to try on clothes for kids in the dressing room at all times. Make this a fun adventure for them, and pay attention when they say they don’t like something. If you ask them why they’ll tell you.
The most common reasons given by children are that the fabric is unpleasant against their skin, the garment is too small, or they dislike the colour or pattern. All of these are valid reasons to avoid purchasing the garments in question.
Consider the Weather
One of the fundamental rules of style is to dress appropriately for the occasion or activity. Your child can, paradoxically, stand out by wearing the same thing as everyone else, but with a little more creativity in their ensemble.
That pink princess gown with the tutu, or the smart pants with the funky-coloured suspenders, are not appropriate for a pool party. Similarly, dress your child appropriately for the season. Be prepared to add a jacket or sweater to your child’s outfit if the weather is unpredictable.
If the temperature is expected to rise during your outing, ensure that your child’s outfit will still “hold together” if they remove outer layers of clothing. Versatility is an important aspect of fashion; it is your responsibility as an adult to ensure that your child’s wardrobe contains items that can be mixed and matched to accommodate changing weather conditions.
Think About the Size
Children develop. They grow out of their clothes quickly, at times. Growth spurts are difficult to predict. Many parents choose one size larger in the hope that the clothes will last longer. This is generally sound advice, but keep in mind that your child should not appear to be wearing an older sibling’s hand-me-downs!
Clothing with a little extra room is fine. Making your little one appear smaller than they are by wearing outsize clothing contradicts the most bizarre ideas about what is fashionable!
Conversely, if your child’s favourite outfit has become too small, discourage them from wearing it. They will be restricted in their movements and will be uncomfortable. They may also become self-conscious as a result, and we all know that true style comes from looking and feeling good in your clothes.
When it comes to accessorizing their style, little girls have an infinite number of options. They can never have enough headbands and bracelets. There is always so much for the boys as well. Scarves, hats, and watches complete their looks. A scarf complements a suit, whereas a hat complements a more casual look.
Allow them to show off their style by wearing sunglasses. Remember that the most fashionable child may be the one who correctly accessorizes their branded children’s clothing. Help them select the accessories, but don’t go overboard. Two bracelets on a hand, for example, would suffice unless you want to make them look like a Christmas tree.
Allow Your Children to Participate
While it may be tempting to think of your children as adorable dolls you can dress up, you should allow them to choose their own clothing. If they are toddlers aged 2 to 4, begin by allowing them to choose between two options. Making decisions at this stage gives them a lot of power and boosts their confidence. It also encourages them to participate actively in their morning routine.
If you have a picky dresser, you can use the same strategy when shopping for kids’ clothes. Allow them to choose from a few pre-selected options based on their age and comprehension levels.
Allow them to branch out as they get older, even if they choose a combination you wouldn’t necessarily choose. If they put together fun and wacky outfits, ask them why they did so in a non-judgmental manner. Check to see if they like the way the fabrics feel or the colour combinations. Their responses will occasionally surprise you.
They are people with their own tastes and preferences, even though they are our little dolls. By asking them questions, you are assisting them in articulating their opinions while also learning more about them.