Dressing your child up for a formal event can be a bit of a headache. You’ll have to worry about what to dress them in, where to buy it, as well as if they’ll last the whole night wearing the outfit without ripping it off or getting it to dirty. After all, kids will always be kids.
Keep these 7 things in mind when you go out looking for formal clothing for your child.
What’s it for?
Is it for a wedding, a birthday party, or some other formal event? It’s good to know if you’re expected to go wearing a specific color or cut that matches the event’s theme. And you don’t want to make your child feel left out. Ask the organizer or the person who invited you to give you an expected attire so that it’ll be easier for you to know what to look for when you’re out shopping. Maybe you won’t need a long dress since a child-sized cocktail dress will be more appropriate for the event. also , you might want to ask about any restrictions, such as if a certain color is not allowed.
Where to buy?
You can go to a specialty boutique that sells children’s apparel, go online, or even have a outfil made specially for your child. Depending on how much time you have and how much you’re willing to spend on your child’s outfit, these factors should be remembered where your buy formal clothes for your kids.
Now that you know what to look for, find inspiration on the type of design. Remember that this is a child you’re dressing up, so make sure the cut and style of the dress is age appropriate. Nothing too revealing or sexy. You can browse through fashion magazines, go online to look for photos, or even have a designer help conceptualize an outfit for your kid. Again, remember to keep it age appropriate.
Mind the details
Dressing up could be fun for young kids, especially since it makes them feel like little prince and princesses. However, you need to be mindful about the details of their clothes. For example, dresses that are covered with sequins and beads could end up irritating your child, especially if they’ll be wearing it all night long. Bow ties and ties could also irritate them. Long gowns can cause your child to trip, so be mindful about the length of their attire.
Since your kid is most likely going to wear this outfit for the whole day, it’s best that it fits comfortably on them so they won’t get irritated by it. Sure, that sparkly dress with the crystal details might look amazing, but is it comfortable? Is the material something that’s not itchy? Can your child move around it freely? Never sacrifice your child’s comfort for style or fashion. Choose clothes that are made from breathable, light materials like cotton and wool.
This is one of the things where you can get really flexible. If you want to splurge on expensive, branded formal clothing for your child, by all means do so. But if you’re on a tight budget, keep in mind that you should never choose something that is poorly made just because it’s less expensive. Some people actually apt to make their kid’s formalwear themselves, if they have the talent for it. Or they have a dressmaker or tailor make the clothes for them. Like branded clothing, tailored suits or dresses are going to cost you more, but a custom made suit or dress for your child gives you all the freedom to choose every single detail, from the fabric, to the color, and design.
If you must, then add some accessories to their outfit to really glam it up. Ask the child if they like their accessory, or they might end up taking it off because they find it annoying. Try not to put on any accessories on babies since they’ll most likely find it irritating and will take them off. Also, don’t go too crazy with the bing. Accessories are suppose to accent their clothing, not to overpower it.
Finally, make sure your kids will be wearing comfortable shoes. Don’t just apt for their sneakers, it’s a formal event, and even though they’re kids, you’d still want to dress them up with the right shoe in mind. For girls, your princess is not going to enjoy her night with heels on, so don’t go overboard with those. For the young gentleman, a nice pair of black leather shoes will do the trick. You don’t have to spend much on shoes. Kids outgrow these so fast, that by the next formal event, you’ll need a new pair.
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