Updated: Jul 6, 2020
As seen in the Sunshine Coast Daily Life & Style Magazine
THE joy of a new bundle.
All the cute little outfits prepared well before your special arrival and each piece perfectly co-ordinated, ensuring every precious picture is perfect.
Fashionistas before five months old and handsome little hunks breaking hearts all over town.
Quickly those months become years, the children are getting bigger and their outfits smaller.
Suddenly your gorgeous girl refuses to be dressed, unless by herself, and your beautiful boy has trialled every outfit in the great outdoors. Each day, you find yourself rushing, reasoning and grabbing at random pieces, trying to dress your favourite humans.
Now, we don’t want to spend all our time outfit planning (well, I do) but realistically you need to allow time to dress yourself and get on with the order of the day.
To avoid you tearing your hair out, let’s tackle this together. It’s time to peek inside your child’s wardrobe, try to see past their own style of wardrobe management and look at what’s going on in there.
I find, when the children are becoming difficult to dress, it’s because particular pieces have been moved on (perhaps for being too small or past the point of repair), leaving you with random pieces that don’t really go together.
Try to assemble some ensembles. If you’re having difficulty finding more than a couple of options that match, fit and look super cute, it will feel impossible choosing something when you have limited time.
As you would your own wardrobe, go through everything. Thankfully, it’s a little easier with kids as they don’t need to try everything on. Make a list of what they need and put aside items that need repairing.
As much as we wish our babes to always look on-trend, there should never be pressure to keep up appearances. The main focus is to make our lives a little easier and for their clothes to be in good order and suited to their day’s activities.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on children's clothes. Second-hand shopping is always a good option. Take a look at Facebook Marketplace or eBay. Often you can buy a bundle of clothes for next to nothing that are new or barely worn.
On the topic of little ladies who wish only to dress themselves, it can be very hard to pick her flavour of the day. So when it comes to the four tutus at once, layering of all today’s favourites, piling on your lippy and wearing goggles for glasses … I’m not sure I can help you with that. She’s just wearing what makes her feel happy. Don’t fight it. Take a photo for her 21st birthday and hope she never loses that sparkle.