Last December I ran a kids fashion tag on Instagram, #12DaysChristmasKids. I gave 12 prompts and asked people if they would like to join in and tag their photos. Quite a few people did and it was a lovely display of festive fashions. Great fun. At the moment, I'm not sure if I'll be doing the same this year but one thing is for sure, I'll be digging out all our Christmas clothing.
Christmas or festive clothing is a tricky one. After all, if something has Father Christmas printed on it, it's only going to be worn a few times a year. Add in the fact that children grow quite quickly when they are young, well, you have to think carefully about cost. I tend to buy Christmas/Halloween/themed clothing larger than the boys need so they can wear it for two or three years in a row.. And of course, anything Ethan wears I hold on to for Felix to wear later on. So at least most things get a good few wears. I also look out for bargains online and in charity shops.
My top places for festive clothing are:
1) Smafolk & DUNS (available at Funky Little People and others) - Smafolk and DUNS relese a new range of Christmas clothing every year. Their clothes last really well, wash well, are soft and look wonderful. Ethan has a top from them which he has now been wearing for 3 Christmasses. It still looks fab.
2) Supermarkets - Each year I pick up a few little bargains. Festive socks, slogan tees. If you are looking to boost your child's Christmas wardrobe for a small price, places like Asda and Tesco are great for this. Sizes tend to be more snug so I often size up.
3) Charity shops - Obviously Christmas clothing doesn't get much wear and charity shops often end up with a heap of it which is in great condition. Come the end of November they start getting it out. Great for Santa suits and fancy dress items.
4) Independents - If you are looking for something a bit special and want to support smaller business, independent is the way to go. Etsy and Instagram are awash with cool small brands showing off their Christmas '15 wares. My faves this year come from Fred & Noah. They are seriously storming it with their Christmas collection. An amazing geo print Father Christmas, reindeer and good old candy stripes. Love it!
Have you ever bought any Christmassy clothing for your children? If so, do you go all out or is it just for Christmas day itself? Don't forget to link up your kids fashion posts today (see top post).