In a complicated world that involves school runs, monster mummies and fussy little eaters, there’s something reassuring about black and white fashion. It’s quick, easy and effortlessly cool – especially when worn in dogtooth, stripes and spots. No wonder the trend has been embraced by so many mini fashionistas, including Suri Cruise and Harper Beckham.
Okay, so we’re entering a world without colour. But is that so bad when white denotes innocence and black repels dirt? Besides, the classic colour combination is deliciously practical for time poor parents who still dress their kids. It’s simple to mix, match and even layer with colour. Plus, it’s a timeless look, making it straightforward to hand down monochrome pieces to younger siblings and relatives. Coupled with high-quality materials such as prima cotton, wool and cashmere, they can be passed on for generations. Really.
Go on – give it a try and teach your little one their first lesson in styling.
The wool beret dominated this season’s catwalks and this feline number from Next gets extra fashion points for cuteness. From RO4.5
You’re never too young to own a LBD – and this lace number from Zara oozes youthful sophistication. Ideal for special occasions. From RO14
Let her express herself with these quirky jogging bottoms from Moschino, RO48. Cotton-soft, the classic construction features a timeless polka-dot pattern, as well as three pockets for added practicality
Charlotte Olympia’s most famous flats, the kitty pumps, are now available for little people. Hooray! From RO104
Playful sweaters with star motifs are super cool right now. If you can’t justify the price of Chinti and Parker’s cashmere version, try this one from Next. A bargain at RO10
1. Monochrome can save you money. Little clothes and accessories can be quite expensive and children can outgrow them quickly. So it makes sense to focus on quality rather than quantity. Black and white pieces rarely go out of style and can be sold on in garage sales and online.
2. Help them express their individuality with slogan T-shirts and quirky accessories like kitty ears and pom-pom keyrings.
3. Give monochrome outfits a lift with a pop of primary colour. Red shoes never lose their allure.