I think there is a stigma out there that there is such cute stuff for little girls. You know what I have found? There is just as much cute clothing out there for little boys, and cute isn't even a good enough word to describe it. Let's try a few other words on. How about dapper or playful? What about adorable and charming?
As I have now entered the world of mommy-hood I have realized a few things about baby "fashion." One, they will only wear it a few times (if that). Two, everyone will try to make your kid into some kind of animal, sports player, you name it. Just accept it. Three, there are apparel options out there for boys that don't have to scream, "I AM AN OCTOPUS" or "I PLAY GOLF."
Don't get me wrong, these can be very cute as well, we even have some outfits like this. Though, when it comes down to it, I just want my kid to wear clothes that are kind of...normal. Maybe even a little hipster, but nonetheless normal. A nice pair of jeans, a striped tee, and maybe a minimal onesie with bright colors. Essentially, I am battling what our culture has now defined as "cute" and trying to make what I enjoy seeing Asa in work.
|Teal L/S | Blue L/S | Orange Stripes | Teal S/S | Grey Stripes|
How I make it work
There are three things in mind when I look for Asa clothing: size, price, and simplicity (in that order). Size is obviously a no brainer because why in world would you buy something that isn't going to fit. Lucky for me, my giant baby is now wearing mostly 6-9 months clothing (he will be four months on Saturday), so you can imagine how much use we got out of our newborn, 0-3, and 3-6 month clothing. Size matters, and I usually buy big.
Price is also a huge factor. However, we have found that we would rather get him things that we like and that are quality rather than have an overabundance of cheap, thisiskindofokay clothing. So do we sometimes settle for a higher price but get better quality? Yep. But to be honest most of the time I just scour the sales racks and get both quality with low cost. That makes me one happy mama. A few of the places that I have found great deals and design at are Baby Gap, Two Blue Peas, Babylegs, and Target.
Simplicity. This is where it gets tricky. There are very few baby clothes that say simple to me. That doesn't mean they don't exist though. He wears a lot of stripes, solids, and the occasional graphic. He wears manly thermals, flannels, and funky leg warmers. It works for us. The kid looks good. He looks like my kid. I kind of like it. I definitely like it.
How do you choose your kids apparel? Do you have a preference or prefer them to dress similar to you?
P.S. If you love dressing your kid differently than mine that is A-O-K. I mean, us adults all dress differently, too!