In the big book of parental duties, fashion for children may seem like a shallow and a trivial topic. However, inculcating a sense of sartorial smarts in your kids may turn out to be a good idea in the long term. It is important for them to realize the importance of dressing well and expressing themselves appropriately through fashion. After all, your kids will not be kids forever, and it might be a good idea to encourage them to dress right from an early age.
We recently caught up with Anton Del Rosario, footballer extraordinnaire, at the launch of Rookie USA Alabang, to get his thoughts on the subject. After all, Anton and his partner Sam Richelle are two of most stylish parents in the metro, equipped with a good dose of urban atheleisure chic, as seen on their respective IG feeds. Unsurprisingly, their fashion choices have trickled down to their adorable little son, who is evincing a high-key street smart fashion in his own wardrobe.
Invest in quality products. Assembling a versatile wardrobe for your little one can be quite expensive. Kids outgrow clothes quite quickly, hence, it makes sense to focus on quality rather than quantity. “Invest in a few but high-quality items which look good as well as last long,” says Anton.
Comfort is king. Looking good comes from feeling good which, in turn, comes from dressing comfortably. Philippine weather calls for simple, easy outfits, and Anton advises parents to go light-colored, loose-fitting clothes that are sweat friendly like activewear. “It wicks sweat away from your kid's body, keeping them comfortable and dry,” says Anton, “I keep my boy casual and cool with some easy pull-on shorts and a crew neck tee in a funky color.
Layer for your little player. Kids are sensitive to fluctuations in temperature. To avoid temperature-induced temper tantrums, Anton and Sam layer their boy in different pieces. “We start by dressing him in a base of a short-sleeved shirt,” says Anton, adding that they bring something for him to don when he gets cold like a sweatshirt, jacket, or long-sleeved shirt.
Sneak up. For your tot, sneakers are the ideal choice, according to Anton. “These are best for all activities that he gets into like running around and playing sports,” says Anton, “Look for styles with the best features. We like stylish ones that have sturdy soles, ankle support and are quick drying.”
Choice gives them a voice. Giving your kid a reign on their sartorial sense develops his own sense of self through expressing his personality through his clothes. “Your child’s attire should be chosen in keeping with his personality,” says Anton, “Give your kids the opportunity to try different kinds of clothes and let them figure out their own style and preferences.”
Set Boundaries. While it is okay to give your kid freedom to select what they want to wear, a little parental nod in the right direction is just the ticket. On a few occasions, it may happen that you might not completely approve of their choices. Often, kids end up choosing uncoordinated colors and weather-inappropriate clothes for their activities. For such situations, try presenting a few acceptable options. “Allow them to have the last word on picking from some choices you present,” advices Anton, “When we can, we give our boy at least two clothing options with acceptable outcomes.”
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Photographs from Instagram.com/anton_delro and Instagram.com/samrichelle
Banner photo by Rookie USA