.. in collaboration with Taormina and Wolfie
If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed I talk about loving unisex clothing and how I generally prefer not to dress the kids in either stripes with tractors and dinosaurs or pink flowery little numbers unless of course the latter are for Wolfie. I am also a huge fan of small businesses. My main reasoning behind this is supporting somebody’s passion and as a result of this getting some truly unique products that have been made with love. Interestingly, I have found they don’t cost as much as you may think, no more than an outfit from Next or Zara which are generally not as good quality and come from a large batch of designs. Don’t get me wrong though Taormina is often dressed like a Zara model top to toe!
I also love some lesser known yet larger clothing companies that again sell great quality, individual clothing. This time as I’ve shopped for Wolfie I’d imagine I have spent less than I did on Taormina’s baby clothes however each item has likely cost a lot more. I have swung for quality over quantity. I’m always doing washing in our house so if Wolfie has five good quality sleepsuits for example they repeatedly wash well and he always has one available. I did buy him a few more big boy style outfits in 3-6 months but in all honesty I prefer dressing him in leggings and a pretty vest or a romper most days. They are more comfortable, convenient and our children grow up at the speed of light anyway so let’s keep them in white sleepsuits a little longer. I did have several brands of vests etc but I keep coming back to the same better quality ones with the others left in the drawer. Organic cotton is the one.
So without further ado let’s get started on our favourites and we will end with a really special one.
Lindex – fantastic for super soft organic cotton basics with a little bit extra. We love Wolfie’s unicorn leggings, perfect for both boys and girls. They also have some very cute legging and vest sets which I’ve really loved this time around as an alternative to sleepsuits in the newborn days as they are still really comfy.
Finn + Emma – This is an American brand available at some U.K. stores and well worth checking out. Quirky prints and wonderful styles for newborns make this one of our faves. I think Wolfie’s sleepsuit from here may well be the most used one he has had!
Milk Moustache – They stock a handful of wonderfully unique designs for tops and leggings. I’m currently lusting after the yeti and Marcel the mime leggings. Also contemplating a bit of twinning with the boy and girl Native American prints; so pretty much everything oops. Here is Wolfie rocking his chief top.
Mini Rodini – On the pricier end of the scale but so worth it as a little treat. Little hack: buy everything two years too big for your toddler then get them to wear it baggy, then perfect, then snug for a few years of use. That’s how I justified this incredible dress and they now have a unicorn one in that I am clearly going to have to purchase. I am not kidding when I tell you that these items are the softest things I have ever felt, who knows what their secret is. Even Dan is a convert and loves the kids in these outfits. I must get asked at least three times each time Wolfie wears this romper where it is from. Also you can pick up such a bargain in the sales, come on Summer! Mini Rodini is available from a few online shops including Mini edit and Alex and Alexa which also stock other gorgeous premium brands.
Sense Organics – A wonderful cruelty free brand with a selection of clothing for babies and children in gorgeous organic fabrics. They have a lovely selection from dresses to rompers and we are particularly loving the Native American range this season. No picture as Wolfie hasn’t yet grown in to his clothes!
Pigeon Organics – Famous for gorgeously soft rompers that last beautifully and have fold over feet. Our favourites are the woodland wolves (naturally) and badgers. Their sizing is rather large and we find we get a lot of use out of them. This brand is available and most good independent baby stores too.
Back to Beyond – Wonderfully handmade baby clothes can be found here and delivered lovingly wrapped in tissue paper so a real treat to receive in the post. The fabrics are all fabulous prints and generally suitable for both boys and girls. We particularly love their leggings and rompers. The new sausage dog collection is just too much. I need to stop looking as I just want to buy it all. This is a true small business and all clothes are made by a lovely lady who lives with her family in Cornwall.
Tootsa Macginty – A true unisex brand with playful, outdoorsy wear perfect for kids to do what they do best. Run around like loons and play outdoors! We haven’t yet got anything from the latest season yet but both kids get a lot of wear out of their pieces from A/W and I love that I can keep Taormina’s bits for Wolfie to wear when he is a big boy.
Last but not least, my current favourite
Watching the Moments – Amanda from watching the moments is a fabric genius. Because that is totally a thing! A few times a week Amanda will post new fabrics all sourced from other work at home mums onto her Instagram and Facebook page. The best thing is that not only are there so many beautiful prints to choose from but you can have all kinds of garments from rompers to sweatshirts and even adult clothing too. I don’t think I can resist getting myself some lounge pants for much longer, the trouble is choosing what fabrics I would like out of the stunning selection. Amanda will work with you on a personal level to choose exactly what style you fancy and what coordinating fabrics you would like on your garment out of a huge selection that suit. Her attention to detail is incredible and I would highly recommend you follow her over on Instagram at watchingthemoments. Below are a selection of unique clothes created just for Taormina and Wolfie.
Although mothercare, baby gap and the supermarkets cam be fab sometimes it nice to have something a little different. I also love the look of Fred and Noah as well as Tobias and the Bear but I’m yet to make a purchase. What are your favourite kids clothing brands?