It’s funny how used to things I can get, how the idea of doing something all of the time eventually just becomes “how it’s done”. Like I always realize that things “could” change or they might, but the consistency of doing the one thing becomes so common that it’s actually a little hard to think beyond it. The day Harlow started having an opinion on what she wanted to wear (which was probably about a year ago, now), when she started requesting certain things and even telling me “no, I don’t want to wear that” I was (sorta embarrassingly) shocked.
I knew it was coming, I knew it was only a matter of time. But I had gotten so used to picking out her clothes (with a little bit of her help) it basically became, how it was done. Of course I wasn’t mad, because how could you be when it’s clear she was expressing her adorable self and her growing little personality. It just threw me off. Also if I’m being honest, it was a tiny bit hard for me to adjust to her style and the fact that it wasn’t always the same as mine. Her wardrobe went from being pretty much all tomboy-esk to a much heavier mix of pink (and more pink), glitter, anything shiny, dresses and still some tomboy-esk things (she just tops everything off with something pink or glittery). As much as I was (embarrassingly) jolted (it’s the clothing designer in me!) when she started telling me what she wanted to wear I was so flipping proud to see her being confident and exerting some independence. So lately, a token hit of pink, loads of necklaces, a dress for almost everyday is just how getting dressed gets done – and I’m pretty happy (not embarrassingly) to have gotten used to ‘how it’s now done‘.
Her favorite new thing (which was also mine as a little girl) is changing her Barbies clothes, she really staring loving to change her dolls clothes around the time she started telling me, what she wanted (mostly didn’t want) to wear. She likes to try and find them outfits like the ones she has in her closet (always a hit of pink or glitter). And of course she goes for the little Barbie clothes that I would have walked right by in the store – go figure! It’s fun to watch her personality run wild and to see the crazy things she comes up with, and then reasoning behind her choices that usually manifests into a story of “who” that Barbie is or what she is doing.
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After a few winter seasons, a few meaning many many (born and bred Canadians) I think we have the winter attire pretty much down. It took me a while, but like everything else (perfectionism at it’s best) I seemed to have developed a system, a list of our idea of the best items to buy, a plan to get the most out of every item and hopefully a way to make handing down to siblings possible. Our Idea of a Perfect Kids’ Cold Weather Winter Outfit:
1 . A Really Great Winter Coat – A few tips to keep in mind when shopping for your kids winter coat…
- Go for a timeless, unisex style that is a little longer, like a parka – keep that butt warm even when they aren’t wearing snow pants (since they put their butts down anywhere, puddles included).
- Choose a color that hides dirt well, will match everything they wear, and possibly be unisex – so handing down to a sibling or friend is always in the cards.
- Buy it a full size too big (roll sleeves up if you need) – it will either fit perfect by the end of the winter, or be wearable for next year as well.
- Make sure there is room to grow a little bit (also makes room for thick socks, if you so please), but not clod hopper big.
- Get a really warm coat, down filled is always a great choice – it’s worth spending a bit more dough since they will wear it every day for like 5 months? (oh god, 5 whole MONTHS!?)
- Good Unisex Options: Olive Parka or Navy Parka (25% off with code STYLETREAT)
2. Stock Up On Mittens – Mittens get lost faster than a blink of an eye, make sure you start the season with a few too many – you’ll probably end the season with one full pair (if you’re lucky).
- Grab a bunch of cheapo mittens and gloves from the dollarstore or Target. These are great for back-ups, layering and wearing on crisp pre-winter or pre-spring days. Fun ‘fashion’ knit mitts also fall into my back-up category, great to have but not the best for everyday keeping warm, wear.
- Get at least one good cold weather mitten, for those days they think they don’t need them – you know the kind.
- We now go for one really great pair of winter snow mittens AND a pair of ski gloves, because they lose everything (obviously) and since they are a little older mittens are great but sometimes gloves are better.
- Keep the color on the darker side, unless you don’t mind doing laundry allll the time.
- Good Back-up Mittens: fun knits and boys mitts and girls mitts – Really Good Cold (not freezing) Mittens: convertible solid colors or faux sherpa or convertible prints – Some Good Freezing Weather Mittens: blue or pink or black winter mitts
3. Really REALLY Warm Winter Boots – As they get older they spend more time outdoors, out of the stroller (out of that warm stroller bubble) – so spending the extra coin on really good winter boots (like you would when shopping for yourself) is pretty important.
- Go for a timeless unisex style – If they don’t wear it out, it would be pretty great to hand them down to a sibling/friend.
- Neutral-ish colors, but not necessarily a must. I tend to buy the kids neutral boots, so they pair effortlessly with any bottoms their little hearts desire.
- Great Winter Boots: camel brown, black, light purple or navy and a great option if your winters are more wet and cold then freezing and icy: native boots
4. Hats, Hats and Even More Hats – You can never have enough!
- Make sure you have hats to cover the gambit of winter weather, ear covering, fleece or fleece lined, lightweight, hey why not just go balaclava style.
- The plus is, their head doesn’t grow as fast as their bodies, so hats will fit for a many seasons (after the baby stage) – and there will come a time when their hats also fit you!
- Fun Hat Options: leopard, fur trapper hat, fairisle hat,
5. Skip The Scarf, Do The Snood – Okay, I’m lying a little. Like mittens and hats, it’s good to have at least 2 choices for neck wear.
- A basic scarf, not too long is good for everyday use.
- A comfy snood, is ideal for everyday keeps the neck warm and looks like a funky scarf so can be left on all day to beat the chill.
- Great Snood: breathable and warm
6. Not In The Picture, But Oh So Important – Before you ask, cause I know you’re thinking it. Snow pants are number 6, part of the perfect winter wear – they just didn’t fit well into the picture, please forgive my perfectionism!
- This is where you can get fun and funky, let them choose their favorite color or pattern. These usually don’t get worn as often (fingers crossed) and since everything else is neutral, it’s a great time to have at it.
- Go for a thicker fabric, not a thinner satin style nylon – kids are rough, a hole or two in the knees or bum is inevitable when the fabric isn’t thick.
- Since you bought a really great and maybe more expensive than you would have liked coat, it’s okay to get a more budget friendly pair of snow pants – these often don’t last past the season, and don’t get worn every-single-day like the coat.
- Every Year I Buy These: ski pants
Do you have anything else to add?
Constantly seeing my own kids wearing little clothing that I designed is pretty amazing. It’s totally humbling to design something and have such a fantastic response (really everyone blew me away on the response to this collab), but seeing kids (not just the ones I own) wearing the items? Well that’s just on a whole other level of cool, and it makes it all much more real. Here are some of the cuties we’ve spotted wearing our mini mioche x Heart + Habit collaboration (in no particular order!).
If you haven’t had a chance, there are still some items from this collection up for grabs! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #mmxheartandhabit when you post your little one wearing our duds!
This week I felt a chill in the air for the first time, the kids of course thought it was super cool (amateurs, wink). The mere sight of my breath in the air, well it was pretty depressing. Winter is…well winter, let’s just leave it at that. Since I literally wear my winter coat for 5 months out of the year, it’s pretty important to have one that’s really warm and in a style that I totally love. But of course, I also don’t like to spend a ton of money especially on winter (peee-ewww) clothes. In my search for a coat for myself, I found a few I really love all under the $300 price point (it’s about as low as you can go for a decent coat), some warmer then others – so if you haven’t snagged a coat yet, maybe now’s your chance. [top grey car coat from zara]
A super warm down filled coat is a requirement, but it’s pretty great to have a secondary wool coat for those days that don’t freeze your eyelashes as soon as you step outside.
And a quick little note, since JCrew has a 25% off sale (with code TGIFALL) till Sunday (outerwear is included) and The Gap has a $40 off for every $100 spent on outerwear sale (with code 40OFF100 or 40OFF100CA for Canada) till Sunday, here are my favorite kids coats from both places – since they both happen to be my favorite place to get the kids coats.
Have you bought your coat for the year? Which is your favorite?
Let’s talk about that little sweater collection that I designed with Toto Knits, we truly love every item (go figure, I know). My kids can usually be caught wearing one of the items almost everyday – not always to school though, because things tend to get lost when they go there (and by tend I mean, always).
If you haven’t heard me talk about this collaboration enough, I wanted to take another chance to show you a few photos I love and just I don’t know give you guys a chance to win some of the collection? It’s timeless, with a hint of trend, it’s season-less with a Canadiana style, and generally the styles are pretty unisex. All 100% Organic cotton knit by talented single mothers in Africa, Toto Knit is both wonderfully eco and humane friendly – they are doing great things and I am so lucky to have gotten the chance to work with them!