We know what you’re thinking: designer clothes for children — that’s the reserve of the rich and famous! And while we’re used to seeing Prince George and Suri Cruise rocking designer get-ups, luxury designer clothes aren’t just for trust-fund babies.
In this post, we bust some common myths about children’s designer clothes and show you why it might just be worth the investment!
Image: David Charles Childrenswear
Myth 1: Children’s Designer Clothes Aren’t Worth the Money
The biggest misconception about designer children’s clothes revolves around the cost. We’ve all heard this argument — it goes something like, “my kids grow out of their clothes so quickly. Why would I bother spending the big bucks on them?” And sure, there’s some truth in that; kids, of course, grow… and quickly. Peter Pan excluded, all children grow up, and that means that what fits at the beginning of the year won’t necessarily fit by the end. On top of this, little ones are known to run, frolic, jump and roll around, and whether they’re wearing designer clothes or not, they’re going to do what they’re going to do — and their clothes don’t stand a chance. But is that the full picture?
The reality is that clothes are much more likely to be replaced because of over washing than because they don’t fit anymore. When you’re a parent, you’re constantly contending with innumerable stains and dirty clothes — food stains from over-enthusiastic gobbling at the dinner table, grass stains from adventuring in the undergrowth, and unidentifiable stains you’d rather not look too much into. Wash after wash, those budget buys quickly unravel. After only a few washes, you’re back at the shops picking up a speedy replacement. And just like that, cheap fashion becomes a false economy.
Luxury designer children’s clothes tend to be of higher quality. By investing in better stitching techniques, more robust fabrics and more practical designs, designer clothes can withstand multiple washes without showing the same wear and tear. In the long run, investing in luxury children’s clothes costs you less than constantly replacing the budget variety.
Myth 2: You Won’t Get Use Out of Luxury Children’s Clothes
Another classic reason to steer clear of children’s designer clothes is the belief that your child simply won’t have the occasion to wear it. But is that true? Whether your little one is a boisterous explorer, a rowdy tomboy or more likely to be spotted in a fancy dress outfit than a fancy frock, there’s no doubt an invite will arrive that requires your little rascal to get dressed up in a special outfit.
A family wedding, an important family get-together and an awards evening are all occasions that call for something extra special. Investing in a luxury outfit, boasting the finest designs and techniques, will ensure that your child has something to wear, whatever the occasion. There’s always a time to get out a beautiful designer dress or charming three-piece suit, and by getting the finest, you’ll avoid last-minute dashes to the shop should a fancy affair arise.
Myth 3: Children’s Designer Clothes Are Frivolous
Fashion may seem frivolous, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The choices we make about the fashion that we buy have serious consequences on our planet. Today, fashion is said to be the second-largest polluter in the world, only behind oil. As we become more aware of the impact our actions have on the environment, it’s becoming increasingly clear that what we buy for our wardrobes, fridges and cupboards have real eco-ethical dimensions — and one of the worst culprits is fast fashion.
Fast fashion was designed as a way of making fashion affordable for the masses, but keeping the cost down for the consumer costs the environment. As more corners are cut to save pennies, fast fashion increasingly relies on unethical production methods and unnatural fabrics, leaving behind a huge carbon footprint. Cramming our wardrobes full of budget fashion, just like stocking up on plastic bottles, is an environmental no-no.
Unlike budget fashion, luxury clothes are made to last longer and have a reduced environmental impact. Not only are these clothes made to last, but you’re also less likely to buy mounds of unnecessary clothes when you’re spending more money on each outfit. Rather than simply replacing old and worn-out clothes every month, you can gift luxury clothes to friends, hand them down to other siblings or even resell them on thrifty websites.
The extra pennies spent on designer clothes is a savvy and ethical investment for the environment.
Author Bio: David Graff is the founder of David Charles Childrenswear, an iconic British designer childrenswear company.