Anchor your little one’s Ramadan looks with tranquil shades of blue, says Penny Fray
Ramadan Mubarak! The Islamic Holy Month is upon us and brings with it a sense of daytime discipline and nightly gatherings. So, how do you dress your little darlings with minimum energy and maximum versatility? My advice is to go nautical.
The classic ensemble of Breton stripes and preppy accessories never date and perfectly bridge day to night dressing with easy elegance.
If you like children to look like children and not mini versions of you, then inject some playfulness into the mix with clashing prints, fun pictures and flashes of cool colours like yellow or orange. Don’t overdo it, though. It may be a time for family feasting, but modesty is important at this time of year.
The malls are currently groaning under the weight of stripes with slogans and pretty sailor dresses, but you can always upcycle old favourites with the aid of fabric pens and patchwork. A friend of mine just sewed her daughter’s initial on an old navy sweatshirt with the prettiest floral print imaginable, while another embroidered an Arabic proverb inside her son’s shirt. It was their little secret, and the epitome of artisan chic.
Finally, why don’t you look for labels that do some good either by promoting fair trade or donating a percentage of their profits to charity? After all, this is a time for giving.
Refresh a timeless outfit with cool white sneakers. The subtle stripes are superb. From RO4 at H&M
Trends come and go but versatile chinos will always be in style. We love the vibrant blue shade of this pair from Mango. From RO14
What’s not to love about this floral dress from Zara? It hits this season’s biggest trend while providing the perfect solution to formal and fun dressing. From RO18
Lend your little one’s wardrobe the perfect retro edge with these jelly-style sandals from M&S. They’re super-versatile and great value – from RO4 online
The classic Breton gets a chic upgrade at Okaidi & Obaibi, thanks to its varying stripe size and matching pocket. From RO4.5
Embroidered with a Gucci logo, this polo-style all-in-one adds a designer touch to your baby’s Ramadan wardrobe. It’s finished with a contrast collar and button front for an adorable preppy look. From RO79.5
Penny’s tips on dressing with extra heart:
1. A growing number of retailers are challenging the fashion industry’s unethical practices, making fair trade trendy and smashing stereotypes of dodgy hemp jumpers in the process.
2. Organise a swap and shop day with other parents, donating a percentage of the sales made from second-hand clothes to a good cause.