Ok, I need a pick-me-up this morning. Let’s talk about something warm and fuzzy: kids.
I love seeing pics of everyone’s cute little babies on Instagram and Facebook. Kids’ clothing has come SO far, and it’s evident in these pictures. Babies and toddlers are often hysterically well dressed – in skinny jeans and fedoras, or dresses and rompers that I’d be happy to wear – at all price points!
But something happens to boys, once they start school. Gone are my days of dressing my boys like little mini hipsters (or whatever look I happened to be snorting over). Readers, you warned me this would happen – you warned me that one day Raines would no longer happily wear his banana-embroidered skinny pants and “I think I’m gonna kick it with my mom today” tshirt. I didn’t listen, I DIDN’T LISTEN. And this ‘something’ that happens….is called sportswear.
If I never see basketball shorts again it’ll be too soon.
To further complicate matters (at least around here), are Raines’ many Pants Problems. All pants – with the exception of the dreaded basketball shorts – are uncomfortable. They come up too high on his waist, they slide down too low, they feel tight on his ankles, they feel loose on his ankles, they are too scratchy, stiff, or too soft. Yes, even sweatpants are hated. Apparently, they feel too much like pajamas and THAT IS EMBARRASSING, MOM. We’re big on not being embarrassing right now.
So. How do I:
A. Find pants that don’t involve morning tears?
B. Let him express himself with sportswear and still look appropriate? (I have a strict no-basketball shorts policy when going out to dinner, parties, etc.)
Here’s the compromise I reached with both boys (although Pax’s style is so nuts, it’s more for entertainment purposes)…..
Option 1: Non-Offensive Sports Shirts + Soft Pinstriped Pants
There will be no mean-spirited or obnoxious sports shirts. Nothing that says “Rise above the rest” or “Raw talent”. But plain sport shirts, soccer jerseys, or uplifting messages (I’m ok with ‘heart over head’)…OKfine. When he pairs them with suuuuuper soft pinstriped pants (elastic waistband HOLLA) and sneakers we end up with an outfit we can both live with.
pants: Peek Pinstripe Pants – the waistband on these is elastic, with a drawcord, but they’re more for show. You really need these to fit in the waist, otherwise they won’t stay up. We had to size down one full size (to a 7) to get the fit right. Once we did, they were PERFECT.
shoes: Adidas Superstars
Option 2: Thermal Tees + Sweatpant Chinos
Peek thermal tees layer beautifully, and expand (or shrink) so that they’ll fit for YEARS. And Mini Boden’s sweatpant chinos have changed our lives. They look very much like skinny chinos (the details are perfection), yet they are essentially…sweatpants. (Even Raines is fooled.)
shirt: Peek layering thermal (R’s is from a couple of years ago, but there’s a ton of good colors….)
pants: Mini Boden Jersey Chinos (these fit true-to-size. R is wearing a size 8)
shoes: Adidas Superstars
hat: The North Face (it glows in the dark and is reversible. If only it would go grocery shopping too…)
And Then There’s Pax
Do any of you have a Pax? He’s very firm on his clothing choices – always has been. From the time he was three and would only wear Superman tees with an attached cape (for a YEAR), or that menswear suit phase he went through in preschool, or those few weeks when he accessorized with swimming goggles….this kid has strong opinions.
And at the moment he’s very clear on three things: blue (his red phase has totally ended)…..crazy pants (the brighter and bigger the better)…and….breakdancing.
tee: Junk Food (they always make the best sports tees)
leggings: Patch Party Leggings (we’ve had more luck with this slippery fabric lasting longer than the typical cotton leggings….Shoot! These are sold out, but they make a ton in jaw-droppingly fun prints)
shoes: Supra Vaiders
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How are you guys handling the sportswear craze? And when it comes time to dress up a bit….what do you do? Is there an equivalent craze for girls? Most girls I see around town look adorable. Sometimes Crazy-And-Adorable like Pax, but they’ve got their own style going on which I always appreciate. (Hmmmm…maybe that’s how we end up with our chic selves and husbands in dire need of a wardrobe overhaul…. #hahaha)
A huge thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! As always, all thoughts, opinions, and product choices are my own (actually, in this case, they were my little guys’). And readers, thank you for your continued support. It doesn’t go unnoticed, and is so very much appreciated.