If you don't know Suri Cruise, there are several people out there who wish you did. Suri is the daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. She has been named over and over as one of the best-dressed children of Hollywood. How much of a fashionista is she? Blogs have been dedicated to itemizing every piece of clothing she wears. She's that big.
Suri has it easy. Her parents can afford to keep her closets filled to the top with Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Burberry. But what about the rest of the parents in the United States who are just trying to keep their kids in jeans that aren't high-waters? Kids grow so quickly that their clothes can become outdated in a blink -- How do parents stay up with the trends?
Ashley Salas is the owner of SugarBabies, a boutique kids clothing store in Washington that stocks almost everything you'd need for maternity time until kids are 6 years old. She suggests buying accessories to keep kids stylin' instead of purchasing the trendiest (and sometimes priciest) outfits.
"Accessories are very, very hot right now -- leg warmers, headbands, shoes, clips," Salas says. "Anything that kind of brings that ordinary outfit and puts it over the top."
Buying accessories is a great way to add character to an outfit while also saving money. The initial expense of buying a pair of hot pink leg warmers will be dwarfed by how many times your 3-year-old daughter wears them; try them under a dress or with her favorite skinny jeans. These types of items can often be used year-round, so you don't have to worry about only using them for a short period of time. They can also be passed down to younger siblings, increasing the bang for your buck.
Stylish kids clothes don't have to come with a huge price tag, either. At thredUP, you can find some of the hottest brands at low prices. The company is an online kids consignment shop where parents can browse through practically new clothing while also having the opportunity to sell back their kids' gently used shirts, jeans and other items.
Carly Fauth, the chief mom at thredUP, says that Pinterest has inspired moms to get their kids looking sharp. "There's this big interest in kids' clothes and trying to dress your kid really stylish. But in maybe vintage clothes because they aren't looking to spend a lot of money."
Fauth adds that parents copy celebrity kids to get a general look for their child and then get creative in where and how they put that look together. That's where thredUP comes in. Parents can search the site's offerings with the general categories of clothing item and size, while also being able to add their favorite brands into the search filters; Gucci and Burberry are brands that can be found on the site. A girl's used (but in excellent condition) Burberry sweater, originally marked at $106, is available for $29.99 on thredUP.
Fauth is quick to point out, though, that not everyone going to the site is looking for brand names. The broad base of users is moms who are trying to get the most bang for their buck. While they want their kids to look decent, they're more into the practicality of the clothing, and they don't put as much stock into the style.
There's no one right way to dress a child. Some moms want their kids to look like them. Others want them to have their own style. And some just want to be able to get their kids through the day in one outfit.