You know when the cold air hits for the first time in a year and you open your kids’ wardrobe and there is NOTHING in there that fits them? Yeah, well that’s where my kids’ wardrobe is at right now. I legit walked around Kmart with all the other parents on the first cold day we had and was like, trackies; yep, long sleeved shirts; yep, socks; yep.
The thing is I love supporting small Aussie brands but not many parents can afford to dress their kids from them. I certainly can’t afford to dress my kids exclusively from small Aussie brands. I get that for clothes to be made ethically and environmentally they have to cost more than $7 an item. I 100% support that and I love buying these things when I can, but I still can’t afford whole wardrobes full of them.
And this is why when I invest in beautiful items, I need them to be tough. Like six-hours-at-the-skate-park-a-week-tough, like my-kids-spend-more-time-in-trees-than-not-tough. Like pre-school-to-gymnastics-tough.
My kids are seven and almost 5, because of what I do for a living I have had the pleasure of trialling lots of awesome Aussie kids clothing. Over the years there have been a few brands that I have fallen in love with, not just because of their funky style but also because they last forever. My son has Minti trackies that have lasted 3 years (I bought them two sizes too big because they were on sale) and they still look brand new. He also has Oshi M pants that are the same.
My daughter (who has gymnastics induced grass stains on everything she wears) has clothing from Paper Wings that have been soaked and washed weekly for a year and haven’t faded. Her Milk and Masuki gear just keeps on giving.
So I wanted to share some of my faves kids clothing that is worth the money (in my opinion) and made for play – not for posing!
1) Sockface Sleepy Cat Sock from Wild and Mini, 2) Blasted Denim Jacket by Minti, 3) Smoke on the Water Slouchy Pant by Oishi M, 4) Snow Bunnies Furry Hood by Minti, 5) Different Strokes Tee by Milk and Masuki, 6) Soft Pink Gumboots by Bergstein, 7) No Worries Socks by Alphabet Soup Clothing, 8) Fierce Sweater by Paper Wings, 9) Denim Overalls by Beau Hudson, 10) Stay Rad Pom Pom Beanie by Alphabet Soup Clothing, 11) Guthrie Stormy Greys Shirt by Mr Willo, 12) Olive Jumpsuit by Duke of London, 13) Big V Soft Black Tee by Munster Kids, 14) Footprint Track Pants by Munster Kids, 15) Cheetah Tank Dress by Zuttion.