AW13 Fashion for Kids

Thu 17 Oct 2013 - posted by Kelly Allen

It seems we have reached that time of year once again; leaves are falling from the trees, the nights are drawing in, children are searching for conkers and, sadly, our summer clothing is left hanging as we turn to our old reliable wellie-boots, raincoats and never ending supply of brollies. Autumn has finally hit us, and it’s time to get the kiddies kitted out for the season!

As a parent, I truly believe that hardwearing and high quality garments come higher on the list than fashionable and on-trend outfits. There is no point having a ‘trendy’ outfit if it falls apart after the first outing to the park, or it bobbles and fades after the first wash. Children’s clothes should be able to take a lot more wear and tear than regular high street fashion for adults; they should be well made and robust. Having said that, it is really nice to let children have as much fun with dressing up as we do(!), so bold colours and fun accessories form an important element when choosing what your children will wear.

This is why, when it comes to Autumnal wear, I chose to check out Mamas and Papas at St David’s. Their reputation for quality and comfort, as well as their edgy style, certainly hits you as you walk into the store. The store is bright and colourful, offering a large range of clothing from newborn right up until 6 years old. The colours are bold and I didn’t see much in the way of pastel shades, which was great! I asked if there was a changing room, and to my surprise there was a lovely little room tucked away at the back of the store for children to try on clothing, and conveniently right next to it is a feeding room for those of you with babies! We picked a few items, for my little girl we chose a lovely deep blue dress, ideal for a party (my little girl turns 3 next month so this seemed a fitting choice), and  she also tried on a little blazer to match which was incredibly cute.

Check out Mamas and Papas for kid's Autumnal wear!

For George, my Doctor Who obsessed son, we helped him pick out a little shirt, jacket and bowtie. He looked very dapper and I could see that the quality of the jacket would ensure that it would last a really long time, possibly long enough to pass down to my daughter, another essential part of this process. If you have a certain budget, knowing you can pass down items to the next child without the items looking grubby or worn is really important, and Mamas and Papas holds the key to longevity, affordability and style in each and every item we looked at.

Whilst my husband had the enjoyable task of getting the little ones back into their own clothes, I had a wander around to check out the rest of the current trends and styles. There was a lot of tailoring on offer for boys, along with vibrant chunky knitwear and flat caps. For the girls, several tutu inspired outfits adorned the rails, along with vibrant dresses and bright knitwear, as well as stars, spots and floral prints. It was lovely to see outfits being sold as well as separates, meaning that as a parent you can spend less time mixing and matching clothing, it is mostly done for you offering inspiration as well as saving time and stress shopping with the kids! (This means more time can be spent over at Legoland for the big kids like us!)

All I have to say is, if you have children that are really children; they bumble about and fall over and get dirty and never rest for a moment, then you need to get yourself down to Mamas and Papas for some durable, high quality and utterly gorgeous clothing! Go… now!

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Kelly Allen lives in Old Llantrisant with her husband and two small children. Although she is a full time mother to George and Molly, she is also an aspiring author and is currently working on her first novel. Kelly is also a regular book reviewer for novelicious.
In her spare time Kelly enjoys long walks with the family dog, writing poetry, reading a vast selection of books as well as watching lots of films - mainly zombie based, once the kids are in bed! She has a small obsession with David Bowie, Tom Cruise and the colour green. To find out more about Kelly, follow her blog here:

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