Summer is fast approaching, which can only mean one thing – shopping! With a diary full of summer events and escapades, including a weekend at the fabulous Camp Bestival, I am so excited to bring the kids’ wardrobes bang up to date with some gorgeous new clothes.
Dressing your little ones for different activities throughout the summer can be challenging, not to mention costly! Whether you’re on the guest list to a fancy wedding (check!) or have planned a little trip abroad (double check!) — I’ve teamed up with River Island to bring you this life-saving style guide for all occasions.
Styling children for a wedding was once quite restrictive, but not anymore. Forget finding the perfect suit — there are plenty more child-friendly options. You know your child better than anyone else and it’s guaranteed that they’ll be on the dance-floor all night long so comfort is key.
Summer weddings make for the perfect opportunity to experiment with the little man in your life and create a versatile outfit for both the day and evening events. Make a bold statement with a white shirt that includes bright and colourful prints, such as tropical leaves. Then, match with a sage green blazer jacket that will complete the outfit for the daytime ceremony but can later be removed for the after-party when your child gets too hot from (inevitably) running around like a loon.
Pick a light pair of chino-styled bottoms and go with a beige or grey colour — however, I do recommend staying away from white to avoid any of those notorious spill stains that might appear throughout the night. The options are endless when it comes to your child’s footwear, too. Try loafers that match the blazer or white laced-up trainers to create a pristine look.
If your daughter is anything like mine, they will be happily selecting their outfit from the boys section. However, I realise we are probably in the minority so, to make your little girl stand out from the crowd, choose a bright print, double ruffled Bardot dress that is suitable for both the daytime ceremony and evening event — removing the need to conduct a quick outfit change on the big day. Bardot dresses will allow your child to feel like a true princess, with the freedom to run around playfully without feeling restricted. Pair this with chunky sandals or backless plimsolls to highlight that summer-fun vibe!
Alternatively, you could mix and match products to create that one-off look for your daughter and make her feel really special. Tiered frill cami tops are essential for any wedding in the summer and we recommend choosing a pretty pastel shade to complement a spring-summer vibe. Partner with light blue, wide leg jeans to help show off those buckle, block-heel sandals. Finally, add the finishing touches of the outfit by letting your little one model a white straw sunhat with a yellow ribbon as well as yellow tinted oval sunglasses to give off that retro style.
Mastering beachwear for your child can be tricky; you want to ensure that they are dressed appropriately for all scenarios, including climbing rocks, swimming in the ocean or being buried deep in the sand.
The number one rule to dressing your children when abroad is to stay away from black clothing, as you don’t want your child to feel too hot. Let your little boy channel his inner sailor by ordering a light blue striped shirt which should be left unbuttoned to create that effortlessly stylish effect — also allowing him to take it off easily when he wants to venture into shallow water.
Match the shirt with a pair of printed trunks that allows him to show off his child-style status. For footwear, you have two options — pair with traditional boat shoes or nostalgic jelly cage sandals. Now it’s time for accessories and there are a few key things that you should have in mind: shades and sunhats!
It’s important that your little girl feels comfortable on the beach. So, before you buy, ask her what type of swimwear she would like — a tankini, bikini or a swimsuit? Whatever she chooses, we have the lowdown of the type she needs to feel like a fashion star in the making. All three swimwear types are available in a variety of colours so there is something to suit all tastes.
Trapeze girls’ dresses are must-haves when you go to the beach, as it allows your little one to cover up when lounging on the sand, keeping the sun and wind off their delicate skin. Pair with light, double-buckled sandals or jelly wedges then add cat-eye shades and an elegant beach hat.
It can be difficult to decide how to dress your children for family get-togethers; do you stick with formal or turn up with informal attire? We’ve come up with the perfect balance for both your little boy and little girl, so that you don’t have to decide!
Let your boy rock the cool-dude look with a faux-suede biker jacket that will add an element of sophistication to your family gathering. Keep it unzipped so that you can show off a dark printed short-sleeved shirt that sits underneath; be adventurous with the design, whether this is flocking birds or waves of the ocean.
Go with light-blue tapered jeans to tuck the shirt into and a buckled belt to match the jacket to create that suave, mini gentleman look. Don’t forget that black leather plimsolls are in for the season, giving your boy the chance to add a touch of informality to a formal escapade.
Your little girl must have a faux-suede waterfall jacket in her wardrobe, and pairing it with a light lace top makes for both a wonderful yet powerful combination that will surely get family members talking. Whatever colour her jacket is, you must go for a light tone underneath to enhance the elegance of the outfit.
When it comes to bottoms, go for light, tie-waist tapered trousers that allow room for comfort during all occasions. Finish the look with a chain trim captain’s hat, a chain bucket backpack and some cork sole sliders to match!
How will you be dressing your child this summer?