For those who follow this blog know, I love finding beautiful pieces for my little boys to wear- cool, timeless, bright and most importantly, bold pieces that truly champion boys’ style.

boys' style

Xander in Zara kids checked shirt and Primark jeans. Oliver wears Ralph Lauren shirt and H&M chinos.

From breton stripes to sharp chinos in every colour (red and mustard are current favourites), plaid, prints, statement tees and more, my sons, aged 5 and 2 enjoy choosing their own clothes (they’ve been autonomous shoppers since 18 months old) and like their Mama, seem to love expressing themselves through clothes.

mother of boys

Xander wears outfit gifted by Yellow Mellon, trainers, Clarks. Oliver in Nutmeg, trainers Converse.

I wanted to share some of my all time favourite pieces from high street to designer fare right here (we have a lot of fun shooting these pictures) and it’s always a joy to write about the boys’ style.

Mamas and Papas Outfit gifted by Mamas & Papas, wellies, Hunter.

Ralph Lauren KidsStriped Ralph Lauren, Kids. Jeans, Zara.

Pretty plaid Ralph Lauren shirt below-

Ralph Lauren

Moschino kids

Ralph Lauren kids striped shirt, obviously Moschino jumper (gifted) and Zara jeans.

Catimini jumperGorgeous gifted Catimini jumper with snowflake print.

John Lewis coat

Both Xander and Oliver have these cute John Lewis coats. Jumper is Next, shoes chosen by the boy himself at Fireman Sam.

breton striped t-shirtBreton stripes by Primark

long sleeved t-John Lewis

Long sleeve tee-John Lewis

Ralph Lauren, Kids

Here on New Year’s Eve with Grandad and I-both in Ralph Lauren (plaid and stripes).

Cute kid

Cute striped jumper, Nutmeg.

Nutmeg shirt

Chic print shirt with mustard detailing by Nutmeg (whom Oliver has officially modelled for).

spiderman onesie

Bright and bold spiderman pj onesie!

Striped t shirt-Honest Mum

Cute striped t-shirt in red and white from TU at Sainsburies (coincidentally matching the lego car)!

Moonsoon kids-Honest Mum

Monsoon Kids sweatshirt, Zara Kids jeans, Spiderman shoes.

H&M striped jumper

H&M striped jumper, Gap Kids jeans, Geox trainers.

Mamas and Papas-Honest Mum

Diamond print jumper and chinos gifted by Mamas & Papas, trainers Nike.

Oliver-Honest Mum

Liberty Kids’ Charity t-shirt.

Tommy Hilfiger shirt-Honest Mum

Tommy Hilfiger shirt and blue chinos from H&M.

I also wanted to share tips on shopping for kids’ clothes as I’m often asked for advice on where to find cool clothes for both boys and girls-

Here’s my top 5-

  • It goes without saying, head for the sales-high street and designer stores have sales drops and reduced prices online depending on the store/ sites so sign up for newsletters and of course check out ebay for reputable sellers to pick up great deals.
  • We love visiting designer outlets who stock clothes at a fraction of the price. The York Designer Outlet near us offers up to 60% off labels they stock. They even have a play area and a Hamleys store to keep kids happy.
  • We like to buy a size bigger generally when it comes to pricier items to get the most wear out of them (not with shoes) and having 2 boys means Xander often receives Oliver’s good quality hand me downs (perfect for long-lasting pieces like Burberry baby grows, Ralph Lauren shirts and high street stores that wash well such as Gap, John Lewis, Mamas and Papas, H&M and Zara Kids). We’re also big fans of Swedish label Me&i that are vibrant, long lasting pieces.
  • If you shop with kids in stores or online, ask their opinion, get them involved early. Choosing clothes can be educational as well as fun-discussing colours, patterns, prints, what they like, helps support their creativity and empowers them too. It allows them to be part of the decision process (and they’re more like to wear what you buy that way). This can and does inevitably lead to some crazy choices but that’s OK,  I say break all the style rules, there’s plenty of time to ‘conform’ if you want to when you get older. Enjoy fashion!
  • Get inspiration from kids’ style blogs and on social media-Pinterest is my happy place online and my Kids’ Style board is pretty popular. Check it out!
  • Support indie retailers and e-shops. I love discovering labels I’d otherwise not have heard of thanks to twitter, tumblr and blogs. My friend Nomita’s e shop Ebabee stocks original kids’ wear you’ll struggle to find elsewhere in the UK.

Where do you find style inspiration for your kids, I’d love you to share your tips in the comments.

 

 

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10 Responses

  1. Jim (OneDadOneBlog)

    I always think our boy is better dressed than daddy 😉 Too be fair, he pull’s it off good too.

    Like yourself, we’re a massive fan of getting in the sales and plan for seasons or even years ahead. We have vacuum bags in the attic with different age ranges on.

    Try shopping late at night too (during night feeds are good) as companies update their inventories so you are more likely to get one of the few bargains to be had outside of Sales seasons.

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    • honestmum

      You guys are so organised, I’m impressed, love that your son is better dressed than you too! Hehe! Late night shopping is useful too!

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  2. Jackie Chapman

    Aw your boys always look gorgeous! I must say after having 3 daughters before my son I was really looking forward to shopping boys clothes. I mostly shop at Zara and river island for him, with a few designer bits thrown 🙂

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  3. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Great tips on finding style inspiration for kids. I always look for colour, and I like my sons to wear every colour of the rainbow. You know this includes pink too – every boys needs some pink in their life! So I always try and find places that stock a variety of colours so that my kids don’t just end up in khakis and blues.

    You know, I do love a bold, branded item from time to time. Great tip there with Heaven of Brands, getting great brands at an excellent price. Thanks for sharing your tips, Vicki xx

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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, so glad you like it, I’m the same, the boy rock every colour and that includes pink too-they’re a fab site with so much under their umbrella, thanks for your fab comment xx

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