Written by Apphia Michael
Believe it or not: once upon a time, dressing your child in grays and neutrals (never mind head-to-toe black and white), was likely to see strangers wide-eyed or just confused. I should know: as a mother of two tots who've mostly been wearing these colors since birth,"Why are they always dressed in black?", is a question I’ve gotten on a regular basis. Times have changed! And while I hear that question less often, my answer will always been the same: that it's a great blank canvas to let them to develop their own style and taste without gender norms and stereotypes. It might even (bonus!) end up nurturing a belief in them that it's cool to be different, to think outside the box.
Like me, more and more parents are embracing this concept and rebelling against the whole "pink for girls, blue for boys" thing and going for more gender-neutral colors – pretty refreshing, right? Parenting philosophies aside, black-and-white is effortlessly chic, classic and cool. Plus, if you have a jam-packed schedule (you have kids: duh), it's the perfect time-saver for dressing littles.
Everything matches! Pieces can easily work together, complementing each other – which makes picking their clothes and getting them dressed a (relatively) stress-free and fast job. It works just as well on girls as boys, so you could (cleverly) see it as investing in pieces that are not only interchangeable between sibs, but work just as well for any future brothers or sisters to follow...
I've always been a big believer in consuming less, but better. The idea of a capsule wardrobe – which a lot of people see as a "grownup" thing – is easily applied to kidswear, too: it's a great way to take a more thoughtful approach to dressing the kids. Go for pieces a few sizes up in a neutrals, and you have the foundation of a capsule wardrobe that you can plump up with a few carefully picked pieces each season. I’ve recently started building one for my son; some of these pieces from Primark’s new collection will definitely be joining the family!