By Lauren Hartmann, Disney Baby
As a wardrobe stylist, my most favorite "clients" to dress are my
children. Let's be real: Everything is infinitely cuter when it's
pint-sized. I've had so much fun dressing my 2-year-old daughter since
she was a tiny babe, and I remember having so many moms of boys
commenting about how lucky I was to get to dress a girl, because boy's
clothes weren't nearly as fun.
But now that I have a little boy, I have to say I don't agree at all!
Sure, boy's clothes are a bit simpler, but that doesn't mean that
dressing them can't be fun too!
Here are some simple tips to spice up your little man's ensembles.
Dress him like a mini-man
When dressing little boys, just think "mini-man." Little hoodies, tiny
shoes, and pint-sized jeans...it doesn't get much more adorable than that.
Try unique t-shirts
Nothing changes up a simple boy's outfit more quickly than a unique t-shirt.
Have fun with t-shirts
T-shirts are probably my favorite way to add personality to a little
boy's ensemble. There are so many fun screen printed t-shirt designs out
there with fun art, animals, song lyrics and even name personalization.
Some of my favorites are companies I've found on Etsy and through
Instagram. T-shirts may be simple, but they instantly make a boy's
outfit more interesting.
Look for vintage
Don't limit yourself only to new fashions. Why not include some
vintage too? I love this little vintage shirt on my son that used to
belong to his Daddy.
Try something vintage inspired
If hunting for vintage isn't your speed, but you love the look,
perhaps vintage inspired pieces like this Mickey tee would work for your
Boys can sometimes get stuck with all the ho-hum solid neutrals, but
it doesn't have to be that way! Embrace bright colors and patterns,
because boys can rock a cool print just as well as their baby girl
Pattern mixing is a fun way to add visual interest to an outfit. Play
with the scale of the patterns, but try to stick to the same color
palette to keep the outfit from becoming too busy.
Add a jacket
Layers add interest to any outfit and jackets are a great way to do that. Knits, cotton, wool...all are great options.
Add a vest
This Mickey Mouse vest might be a nice way to add a layer.
Dress it up
Dressing up isn't just for little girls! Adding a collared shirt or a
baby bow tie on a little man is a surefire way to make his wardrobe
Boys have plenty of great accessory options. Tiny baseball caps and beanies, bandana bibs, and bow ties - so fun!
Own those accessories
Accessories like patterned bandana bibs add both fashion and function to an outfit. Goodbye boring drool bibs!
Play with caps
This Pinocchio cap is an adorable example of how to accessorize!
Change it up with pants
There are great pants options out there for baby boys if you take the
time to look! Don't feel limited to basic solid cotton pants. Jeans,
khakis, stripes, and different shades...these are all ways to liven up a
Spice it up with shoes and socks
I know that everyone has this idea that little girl's shoes are where
it's at, but I'll let you in on a secret...some of the best shoes are
found in the boy's department! I often bought baby boy boots and tennis
shoes for my daughter, because there were far more stylish options
available that weren't jewel encrusted or pink. Little boy shoes are my
Try a cool pair of boots
These leather boots are a great go-with-everything option for fall and winter!
Keep it simple, but fun!
Above all, keep it simple! Have fun with patterns and accessories,
but don't overdo it. Sometimes the sweetest outfits are the most simple.