The Pros And Cons Of Buying Designer Clothes For Your Kids

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.

The Pros And Cons Of Buying Designer Clothes For Your Kids


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?

The Pros And Cons Of Buying Designer Clothes For Your Kids


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.

The Pros And Cons Of Buying Designer Clothes For Your Kids

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.

The Pros And Cons Of Buying Designer Clothes For Your Kids

Have you ever bought designer clothes for your little ones?
I’d love to hear what your thoughts on doing so are.

Thanks for reading guys.
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  1. 06/08/2018 / 2:36 pm

    There are definitely pros and cons to each… so I try to focus more on the quality instead of the price! If something is made from high quality material and will last longer, sometimes it is totally worth it for the higher price tag.

  2. Dawn Nieves
    06/08/2018 / 11:46 pm

    I agree with the pros and the cons. But I like your compromise. Buying one designer piece is a great start and if it’s a classic piece she’ll get plenty of wear out of it.

  3. Kimberly Storms
    06/08/2018 / 11:49 pm

    I love your pro about it being a confidence builder! My family isn’t a designer family honestly mostly because none of us care. I will keep this in mind though if any of the kids want to go in that direction as that is an important point!

  4. 07/08/2018 / 9:49 am

    I think buying designer is fine, I agree, if you choose select items that you wear out, so you get great value for money x

  5. 07/08/2018 / 11:07 am

    I avoid designer clothes but when they get to teenage years it is more tricky. I think we are lucky that these days we have some fab highstreet stores for teens with all the latest trends – I think one or two key designer pieces is key but give them a budget and let them decide

  6. 07/08/2018 / 2:26 pm

    This is a great pros and cons list, you can see that you have really thought about it. I think of a compromise of one item is a great idea

  7. 07/08/2018 / 2:42 pm

    To be honest, I wouldn’t buy a teen designer clothes. I see more cons then pros, especially the fact that they are still growing and that a lot of money will be spent for just a few months of wear.

  8. Danielle
    07/08/2018 / 5:20 pm

    I begrudge paying designer prices for babies and toddlers as they grow so fast. But for older kids then maybe.

  9. 08/08/2018 / 12:17 am

    I think the compromise of buying one item is fair. I remember when my son was 15 and suddenly Next/Tesco t-shirts were no good, he wanted some sort of designer ones, as he was still growing I said he would have to save to buy them but I was happy to give him some birthday money towards them.

  10. 09/08/2018 / 9:29 am

    I have this as well with my 18 and 15 year olds. We buy a mix of both to keep them happy and i bargain hunt like a mad woman lol
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  11. 09/08/2018 / 12:26 pm

    Oh gosh it’s a minefield isn’t it? I think you’ve got a good compromise, my kids are a bit younger so we haven’t got to this stage yet but I imagine it’s not far off!

  12. 09/08/2018 / 1:26 pm

    I think I’d do the same and pick one staple item to treat her to and then stick with the cheaper fashion items to go with it. The main thought for me is that kids grow so quickly and trends change and who can afford to be constantly replaced designer items
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  13. 09/08/2018 / 10:07 pm

    I am not a designer clothes buyer for my son, hes to damn messy lol. That and the fact that i feel once you start you cant stop so i will wait until he is older

  14. 10/08/2018 / 8:09 am

    I would personally refrain from buying my children anything fancy unless they’ve earned them. That’s what my mum did with us, which has really made me appreciate the value of money and my things. ?

  15. 10/08/2018 / 11:11 am

    I definitely think that its worth focusing on QUALITY but i dont think that its necessary to buy a designer name as theres so many great clothes out there on the hightstreet. Kids grow out of their clothes SO quickly don’t they! xxx

  16. 15/08/2018 / 9:19 am

    Interesting! I think for the most part, the cons outweigh the pros for me but we do invest in a few designer pieces now and then.

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