The twinning thing... sometimes it's a bit cheesy.. but I have to admit I do like being a bit matchy with my boys at times. Why? Well, let's face it, they are unlikely to want to wear anything like what their Mama wears for very long, are they! I think it also has a lot to do with the fact that I quite like kids clothes myself. As an adult, I've always worn children's clothing, Hopefully not in a "to look like a child" kind of way. No. What I mean is I'm a shorty. and often I've found that clothing made for a 12/13 year old girl often fits me just fine. And it can save money too. A lot of what is made for women is also made for teen girls and if I can buy a pair of leggings that fit me better and cost less, why not? I think if you shop carefully there's no need for you to look like you're 13!
Still, what I like even better is when a clothing brand caters for adults as well as the kids. This seems to be happening more and more these days, especially with Scandinavian clothing brands, which I love anyway. Brands like Duns/More Than A Fling, Moromin & Danefae sell clothing for women. Some different to their kids stuff but a lot of it just adult sized versions of the same stuff.
A brand I find do an amazing job of it though, are Papu. Papu are relatively new to the UK market. In fact, they are relatively new in general. A Finnish brand, they describe themselves thus:
"Papu is about graphic unisex prints, certified organic cotton, flexible sizes and brave design.
The foundation for Papu is collaboration, transparency, sustainability and good spirit. Papu product design is based on high-quality, ecological materials and durability. The combination sizes grow with the children and the products have adjustable features. Papu clothing is produced in Europe and have OEKO-Tex Standard 100 certificate."
I must admit that it is important to me to buy sustainable OEKO-Tex standard clothes where I can. Or if I can't I try to buy second hand. I don't like to think of others suffering for the cloth on my back.
|How to look like a twit despite a cool dress|
What of the clothes themselves then? Well, the prints are bold. There's a wonderful selection to choose from from their SS16 collection. They are the kind of clothes that will look wonderful for a long time, both quality and style wise. Myself and the boys have a selection of their clothes and I can reassure you that they wash excellently. They haven't bobbled up or faded. The boys and I all have matching leggings. The boys have several tops and I have 3 dresses and two hats. The hats are just adorable. The dresses wash wonderfully. I would say the sizing is generous. I have small or extra small and they aren't clingy. I can honestly say they are some of the most comfortable dresses I own and when I wear them friends always comment on them. The patterns aren't totally outlandish but they do get you noticed. In a good way! One of the dresses I have is plain black but has really statement sleeves. I love details like that on clothing. Not in your face but still a little
Personally, I find the leggings we all have very flattering! Ethan loves the hooded top he has. It's snug and whilst mostly black, it has patterned material on the inside of the hood and a cute button detail.
|Ethan sporting his cool Papu hoody|
|Ethan wearing a Papu vest|
The AW16 collection is avaible now and there are a few UK stockists to choose from including Yellow Lolly and Scandi Mini.
|Gorgeousness for women from Papu|
**linking up with my old blogging buddy Hannah at Make Do & Push for Funky Kid Friday which will probably surprise her!**