Written by Apphia Michael
There was once a time when dressing your child in greys and neutrals, never mind head-to-toe monochrome, was likely to invite either wide-eyed, bemused or confused looks from strangers. I should know – as a mother to two young children who have mostly been dressed in these colours since birth,‘Why are they always dressed in black?’, is a question I’ve had put to me on a regular basis.
Times have changed and while I hear that question with less frequency, my answer wills always been the same – that it is a great blank canvas that allows them to develop their own styles, interests and tastes away from the constraints of society’s gender norms and stereotypes. It might even, as a bonus, end up nurturing a belief in them that it is good to be different, to think outside of the box.
Like me, more and more parents are embracing this concept and rebelling against the ‘pink is for girls, blue is for boys’ ethos in favour of a more gender-neutral colour palette, which is refreshing to see. Parenting philosophies aside, monochrome is effortlessly chic, timeless, striking. Plus, if you have a busy schedule (which inevitably you will if children are involved), it is the perfect time-saving solution for dressing little ones.
There is one colour scheme, so everything matches. Pieces can easily work in harmony to complement each other, which makes the act of choosing clothes for the kids and getting them dressed a relatively stress-free and speedy affair. The colour works just as well on girls as it does boys, so you could cannily see monochrome clothing as an investment of pieces that could not only be interchangeable between siblings but will work just as well for any future brothers or sisters to follow.
I have always been a strong believer in consuming less, but better. The idea of a capsule wardrobe – which a lot of people see as a ‘grown up’ endeavour but is easily something that can be applied to childrenswear too – is a great way to take a more considered approach to dressing the kids. Choose pieces a few sizes up in a neutral colour palette and you have the starting blocks for a capsule wardrobe that you could then plump out with a few carefully chosen items each season. I’ve recently started building one for my son and some of these pieces from Primark’s new mono collection will definitely be joining the family.