My daughter Stacey will be 15 next month. And when I asked her what she’d like for her birthday, she gave me a list that was mainly made up of high-end makeup products and designer clothes. This is very different to the lists she’s presented me with in previous years. And I have to admit that it sent me into a bit of a panic.
You see, Stacey is a big fan of fast fashion. Which means she likes to wear the seasons hottest trends. And this is absolutely fine when we’re shopping in stores where these trends are fairly cheap. But what about when they’re not? In today’s post, I thought I’d take a look at some of the pros and cons of buying designer clothes for the kids. Read on to find out more.
Kudos – I think it’s safe to say that lots of teenage girls lack confidence. And if you can make them feel a little bit better about themselves by allowing them to wear clothes that are going to earn them kudos with their friends and boost their confidence, then that’s got to be a good thing. Right?
They have a nicer fit – there’s no getting away from it, clothes that are more expensive look better when worn. The cuts are more refined and careful, giving a much more stylish appearance.
They’re made of quality materials – higher grade cotton, more wash-friendly man-made fibre combos, or luxury fabrics that just don’t appear in cheaper brands. Designer clothes offer a higher quality of raw material, which means they’re much more likely to last longer.
They’re likely to be eco-friendly and ethical – designer brands can afford to be more choosy about how and where they source their raw materials, and how they set up their production processes. Cheap clothes are often still made in Asian sweatshops – something we as consumers conveniently choose to ignore when on the lookout for bargain buys. Designer labels can (although not always) offer that ethical background that makes a very worthwhile statement.
They can often be bought fairly cheaply – the great thing about designer clothes is that they can often be bought fairly cheaply if you know where to look. Charity shops are usually full of designer clothes that have had very little wear. Designer stores may hold a sample sale when a new line of clothing is due to drop. And online stores such as OD’s Designer Clothing regularly offer designer clothes with a percentage of the RRP knocked off! How cool is that?
Price – paying more for designer clothes is inevitable. What isn’t so clear is whether you’re paying for the increased quality or just the name. My guess is it’s a combination of both. You might find there are mid-priced brands available that have similar quality and are missing only that unique brand name.
Kids grow fast – depending on how old your kids are, you might find that they grow out of their clothes super quick, meaning they hardly get any wear out of them. This is bad enough when it happens with cheaper brands, but you could really feel the pinch when it happens with more expensive items and you suddenly find you’re needing to replace them.
Envy from peers – if you buy your child designer clothes, it could go on to cause some jealousy among peers whose parents can’t afford to splash out on more expensive items for them. This often leads to bitchy comments in the playground, which could then potentially destroy some of that new-found confidence we talked about earlier.
Fickleness – what’s in one season is often out of favour the next. You can spend a great deal of money on items that will look seriously out of place in a few months time if you don’t select your designer items carefully. The best advice is to opt for fashion staples that rarely go out of fashion, and avoid those fad designs that are at risk of going out of fashion too quickly.
From looking at all of the pros and cons on my list, I think I’m going to compromise with Stacey and buy her just one of the designer clothing items that she has on her list. It has to be something that won’t go out of fashion too quickly, though. Like a nice pair of jeans or a classic jacket. Hopefully, she’ll be happy with that.
Have you ever bought designer clothes for your little ones?
I’d love to hear what your thoughts on doing so are.