In her book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (Portfolio, 2013), Elizabeth Cline reports that consumers in North America are buying and getting rid of five times as much clothing as we did 25 years ago. One of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of textiles that ends up in landfill is to pare down your child’s clothing waste by creating a staple wardrobe where all pieces work together.
- Choose a colour palette.
Coco Chanel once said “the best colour in the world is the one that looks good on you”. A good starting place is to know what your child’s favourite colours are and use those as the base to create a wider ranged colour palette that best expresses their disposition, and compliments their unique skin tone and hair colour. The trick is to choose colours right down to their tone and shade that go well together, so you can rotate outfits easily. We have some inspiring colour palettes here on our Pinterest page.
- Identify cuts and silhouettes.
Like adults, children feel most confident and happy in clothes they are comfortable in. Consider their existing wardrobe and any consistent styles they choose to wear most often. Do they prefer V-neck or round neck tees? What length shorts are their favourite? Does your child like dropped crotch or more fitted pants? Draped and loose or more structured, form-fitting silhouettes? If you’re a new parent, take note of the existing styles you find most convenient for nappy changes and/or toilet training – press studs or zippers? One piece suits or separates?
- Learn to say “no”.
Fashion trends will always come and go, and come back again. Staying true to styles, colours and brands that are already a proven part of your child’s staple wardrobe (and avoiding extraneous choice) means you’ll have an easier time putting together outfits that both your child and you love.