Lots of fashionable years ahead

We love to dress our kids up in the latest fashions.

If you’re a parent with a passion for fashion, then the chances are you want your kids to look fashion-forward as well.

But how far do we go to dress our little ones in the latest trends? How much money are we willing to spend on their clothing and at what age do they get the say in what they will wear?

D'Nieka Hartsfield

D’Nieka Hartsfield

Here are some ideas I take into consideration when shopping and/or dressing my little ones.

z T-shirts. There isn’t a lot of fuss when it comes to the T-shirts. These are the least expensive and most simple pieces to purchase for the little ones. You can find the latest styles in any department store or even supermarket where they can be paired with anything. I keep it simple in spending on shirts because they’re easy to find and easy to pair.

z Jeans. I have found jeans to be a little more on the difficult end to finding good quality for less money. I have found quality jeans in the local supercenter at budget pricing but I have to take a trip a couple towns over to get the look for less. On these shopping trips I can find a great pair that are in the buy two for $30 range.

I look and feel for thicker materials because kids are hard on their knees and before they know they have a pair of holed-out distressed denim. They then turn into weekend jeans because in every wash the holes gets bigger. Maybe I will start patching them up like my dad would do when I was a kid.

z Shoes. OK, I have to admit this is the item you may splurge on the most for the kiddos. Not so much because you want them to be completely fabulous. But because kids are rough on their shoes so you want them to have comfort, quality and style. So you may have to spend a little bit more.

I would say that after buying neutral colors that match everything, allow them to pick at least one pair they like to feel as though they contributed. Of course, it will be a bright lime green pair that matches nothing.

Whatever fashionable items you pull for your little one, just remember they are still growing and you don’t have to spend big money. Keep it practical. They have a lot of fashionable years ahead of them.

 

D’Nieka Hartsfield writes for Clovis Media Inc. You can reach her at dhartsfield@cnjonline.com or find her on Facebook.

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