As a parent, you would have often found yourself gushing over adorable and highly fashionable miniature sized outfits for children in prominent clothing stores. However, before making a rash decision and heading towards the payment counter, you might have questioned yourself, “Is this outfit really ideal for our climate?” That stylish leather jacket on which you had your sights set on for your son, or those lovely shin-high boots for your little girl will just have to be returned to their spots on the shelves. Rest assured, fashion for kids does not necessarily have to be impractical for our tropical weather while fulfilling the style factor. Your children can look absolutely spiffy in apparel that is suited for our sunny island!
Singapore’s temperature can soar up to 32 degrees Celsius on particularly scorching days; this most definitely demands lightweight and comfortable clothing to ensure that junior does not break out in a sweat and start throwing a tantrum. You will be glad to know that major fashion labels such as H&M, Cath Kidston and Carolina Herrera carry a range of chic and climate-friendly clothes for babies and children alike. Throw in local brand Baby Style Icon, and you have got yourself a quartet of variety to pick from for your little ones! Here are some of our picks from the collections of the above mentioned brands which (thankfully!) do not compromise on style while catering to us island dwellers.
What better way could there be to get the ball rolling than to address a homegrown label that is proving to be a hit with parents? Baby Style Icon was founded in July 2014 based on the passion to provide an option for parents to dress their children in hip and affordable outfits that were not readily available in the market. It features a collection of handpicked labels for tots aged between several months to six years old. These include brands like Whistle & Flute from Canada, Momes from Australia, and Mini Classy from USA. Simple cotton tee-shirts are the way to go for casual dress codes, and more so for outdoor events. Tee-shirts do not have to be dull – you will be spoilt for choice with Baby Style Icon’s range of adorable print tees, like the unisex Kawaii Cloud Tee (by Whistle & Flute, $39) and The Fearless Pirate Tee (by Momes, $35) for boys, featured above. Knee-length unisex Striped Bloomers ($24) and Tartan Print Skirts (shown below) for the little ladies will keep those chubby legs airy on warm days. Invest in a pair of Babiators Junior in Beach Baby Blue ($29) that will ensure your tot looks super stylish while having fun under the sun! Baby Style Icon also carries unisex leggings and printed cardigans for those chilly, rainy days which pop up without warning!
Swedish label Hennes & Mauritz, better known to us as H&M, hosts several outlets in Singapore and offers apparel for young ones, ranging from newborns to twelve year olds. What we love about H&M’s collection for little girls is their wide range of sleeveless cotton and jersey dresses which come in lovely feminine floral prints. These will do well for events such as outdoor birthday parties which require a smart casual dress code. Pair one of these simple, yet gorgeous dresses with a pair of sandals (they come in light pink, gold and natural white) that boast decorative butterfly appliqués (featured below) and your little lady is good to go! For the boys, there is available a range of lightweight sneakers in imitation leather which come in a trio of colours, such as the navy, turquoise and orange one shown below. For those seeking something a little more eye-catching, there are also canvas sneakers with printed designs. (Spiderman fans, rejoice!) H&M’s Conscious range for boys offers two-pack tank tops in solid colours and striped patterns – just perfect for an active day outdoors and also stretches your dollar!
While children have their fun dressing up in outfits ideal for our little red dot, why should babies miss out on all that fun? Fret not, for British label Cath Kidston’s recent Spring Summer 2015 Collection revealed the most adorable of bodysuits and tee-shirts for tiny ones aged from zero to eighteen months old. These feature a colourful farmyard themed print complete with horses, goats, sheep, ducks, roosters and even tractors! The bodysuits and sleep suits have envelope necklines to facilitate dressing and come with popper fastening to allow for quick and easy nappy changes. They are made from one hundred percent cotton interlock, which offers baby unparalleled comfort on a warm day and all eyelets, studs, poppers and rivets are safety approved. There are even farmyard themed bibs to go along with those highly adorable bodysuits.
While we are still on the subject of Cath Kidston, why not explore some backpacks for your kids to bring along with them wherever they go? Isn’t the navy Farmyard Drawstring Rucksack (centre, below) with bright red straps featured below just too appealing to resist? Outdoor adventures on our sunny island most definitely call for a lightweight rucksack for storing extra clothes, some food supplies and valuables. This bag and its friendly design will be a hit with both boys and girls! There are rucksacks and backpacks in other colours and patterns available as well, so feel free to take your pick. The British brand also offers satchels, handbags for little girls, and barrel bags in a myriad of vivid shades and unique designs – you will truly be spoilt for choice!
Should you be more interested in kids’ collections which exude high-end simplicity coupled with elegance, then the Spring Summer 2015 Carolina Herrera Collection should please you. The brand, named after its founder of Venezuelan origin, recently unveiled its Spring Summer collection which indeed raises the bar for children’s party wear. It should come as no surprise if some of you should find yourselves squealing in delight for most of this chic range is suited for the Singaporean climate. Hues of red and blue, stylish stripes and cheery floral prints are the prime stars of this collection.
Apart from the trench coat and the denim jackets, everything else would ensure that your children stay debonair and comfortable in their outfits throughout that eagerly anticipated birthday party! The tailored shorts for boys are particularly pleasing as they keep in line with our objective of keeping cool. (pun intended!) The girls do not have to restrict themselves to dresses for party wear – how about trying jumpsuits which have been gaining popularity in the women’s fashion scene lately? The navy jumpsuit with white polka dots (featured above) rests comfortably between smart and casual, and being sleeveless, is perfect for an outdoor party. Jumpsuits can be easily paired with stylish sandals or classy pumps to complete the “effortlessly chic” look.
So what are you waiting for? Let the shopping begin!
H&M stores in Singapore are located at the following locations: ION Orchard, JEM, Kallang Wave, Nex, One Raffles Place, Orchard Building, Suntec City and VivoCity.
Cath Kidston stores in Singapore are located at the following locations: Bugis Junction, Changi Airport Terminal 1, Great World City, ION Orchard, Marina Bay Sands, Plaza Singapura, Tampines One, Tangs and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
The only Carolina Herrera store in Singapore is located at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
All images courtesy of Baby Style Icon, H&M, Cath Kidston and Carolina Herrera respectively.