This Week’s guest blog post is written by Orchid Wildman Tartaglia, a fellow parent at my son’s school who is active on our PTA and who I became friendly with after striking up a conversation about how adorable her daughter was dressed. Her motto is “Your vibe attracts your tribe.” I asked Orchid to write a post on dressing her children:
As a mom that really loves and embraced fashion, I was lucky enough to be blessed to have two children of the opposite sex (a boy and a girl) which makes my shopping experience more fun and exciting. This gives me the opportunity to experiment and go into both departments and choose from some amazing pieces for each child.
I find shopping for myself and my children very exciting, therapeutic and FUN !
When styling my son, I gears towards him looking preppy and being comfortable, yet still uniquely stylish. That way he can still get dirty and muddy without me losing my mind.
The only problem I find is that for boys we are very limited to what is available to buy. Not sure why this is, but there tends to be only a small area to choose from in departments stores, which can be a bit bummer. So I do most of my shopping online because you have access to so many different stores and designers right oat your fingertips on your desktop. A huge bonus is that your kids can run around at home while you shop (instead of at the store).
For my son I don’t always go for super expensive. Usually I mix inexpensive (still quality) with a little high end without breaking the bank. I mostly dress him in Ralph Lauren which gives me that forever preppy look that I love to see on little boys.
And on the lower end of the price range, I add some Zara, Mini Boden, Tea Collection and H & M to mix up his his collection and still get the quality that is needed. Since my son has flat feet, I spare no expense when it comens to footwear. For him a good quality shoe makes a world of difference and also a good pair of shoes give an outfit its finishing touch. Shoe brands I favor for him are Pediped, Umi, Supra, Uggs and Keens. They all are both comfortable and stylish.
I do find picking out clothes and dressing my son to be super easy, as most of us moms with boys can agree to.
Now to the real fun stuff for my little girl nugget!!!!!
Since there is an overwhelming amount of clothing to choose from for girls, I have narrowed it down to a certain look, which is extremely girly, comfortable, playful and unique.
For her I usually dress her in tutus, skirts, dresses, leggings, and overalls. With matching head bows, flowers, ribbons and other accessories that goes perfectly with every outfit.
I like to shop for her from Tea Collection, Mini Boden, Hanna Anderson, Hartstrings, Masala and Dino Babe. With loads to choose from for her tiny toes, I like salt water sandals, see kai run, pampili , umi, Pablosky, toms, nartino, pediped, and elephantito.
I try my best to get the majority of my kids clothing on sale, unless it’s something I really love and then I am willing to pay full price. What I find works for me when shopping for clothing is to have an idea what your looking for and shop around. Most importantly, I can’t emphasize enough to make coupons your best friend.
I’m so happy that both of my kids have their individual style that fits each of their personalities perfectly.
How do you enjoy dressing your children? Do you have any favorite boy &/or girl brands?