Wannabe Designer Girl?

By | July 23, 2010

Now, I’m not a designer girl myself.  I mostly shop at Next, Dorothy Perkins and New Look.  I like looking at designer things and think lots of it is very pretty but could never justify spending that kind of money on a flimsy bit of material.

However, when it comes to C’s clothes I start to wobble.  I mean, c’mon, have you seen the gorgeous patterns by brands such as Katvig, ej sikke lej and Molo?  They’re fantastic, such bright, vivid colours with such unusual designs. 

I have managed to restrain myself so far and C does not yet own anything by any of these brands.  She does have some incredibly funky dungarees by Brights & Stripes though, although these were in the sale, and even M agreed they were that brilliant she just had to have them.

But it’s not fair.  I’m drawn to these clothes because of the way they look so why don’t places like Next, or the supermarkets, try harder when they design their children’s clothes?  I groan every time I walk into a shop to find a wall of pink in front of me. Yes, I know she’s a girl but I thought we were trying to get rid of all this stereotypical crap???  I want to see spots and stripes and bright colours everywhere.  I’ll stick with the girl theme – I have nothing against putting C in a dress, she looks lovely in them, but not a pink one.

Please tell me I’m not alone on this one?  Do you look for ‘different’ clothes and designs?  Have you found somewhere that sells them that doesn’t require a bank loan?

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Ruth on July 23, 2010 at 6:19 pm.

It was the same questions that led to me setting up my shop! If you compare prices, it turns out that the brands that you mention are only a couple of quid more expensive than similar things in shops like Next & Mothercare, and are worth the extra money, for several reasons in my opinion. Obviously there’s the colours & patterns, but they really are much better quality – the materials are really soft and luxurious and usually have some stretch so the child doesn’t grow out of it so quickly. They wash much better than High Street clothes – they don’t bag or stretch or bobble or fade, and they’ll still look just as good as a hand down for a younger brother or sister.

Which leads me on to the next point… like cars, some makes of second hand clothes hold their value really well. E.g. I bought an Ej Sikke Lej top for Liv that cost about £15. She wore it at least once a week for a year (seriously) and it still looks almost new. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/50062147@N06/4667315860/in/set-72157624487196164/) If I were to put it on eBay it would easily fetch £5-10 which means that on cost per wear it was probably better value than a 75p t-shirt from Asda. (My husband doesn’t necessarily agree with that logic ;))

On the high street, Marks & Sparks is worth a look – they do quite a lot of funky, bright, non-pink stuff, and at the risk of putting myself out of business, you’d be amazed at how much of the Scandinavian brands stock ends up in TK Maxx.