I sort of have a recipe for cute boy outfits now. Thank goodness considering I do have three little guys to dress now.
The key I feel is pattern. It’s very hard to work into boys clothing but I feel like it makes an outfit. And I figured that since I had to explain this to Jeremy (who votes that blue should be the only color in any wardrobe), I would take the time to explain my theory here as well.
First…there is the pattern on the bottom option. It’s self explanatory. Choose patterned pants or shorts or overalls. Plaid, striped, or graphics all work well. Then pair it with a plain tshirt (craft stores sometimes have them for $1, Walmart has them for $3, Old Navy for $5) or polo or a simple graphic tee…we go for more vintage looking tees or something with superheros because they don’t age as quickly. Superman is still 24.
The next option is pattern on the top. Also self-explanatory. You grab a striped tee, a plaid button down or a printed tank and put it with some plain shorts. We like buying most of our button downs during sales and we have everything from buffalo plaid to blue ticking in every single size. You can score them for cheap during clearance sales or when you have extra % off coupons so we always sign up for the emails.
Okay…now here is where it gets a little tricksy. This is the third acceptable combo when it comes to dressing boys….the pattern on pattern.
It’s a hard thing to grasp at first but once you figure out what shirts work with what pants, it looks really cute for photos and makes for a really casual but put-together look. Both the top and the bottom have some sort of pattern but they differ to make them ‘go’. Take for instance this striped shirt and the plaid shorts. Since the scale is super small on the shirt, it reads more like a solid…and since the color picks up some of the light blues in the shorts, it works.
Mixing patterns can also be with the same colors but totally different patterns…like striped shirts and sharky shorts. Since the colors match and they both have a nautical vibe, they play nice together.
Lastly is the outfit that has a degree of separation…like a graphic tee. Again…vintage I love (see what I did there?)…extra points for Star Wars. So in order to make the striped shorts work with the plaid top, it helps to have a tee shirt separate them and so for the top and bottom to be in the same color scheme but different scale.
See how all that pattern works hard to make the little guys look adorable? The other good news is that pattern helps hide dirt. With boys, that is priceless. So how do you dress your little ones? Do you make it easy and buy the whole outfit at once? Or do you mix and match? Or perhaps you have a ‘recipe for success’ like my patterned one? Hit me with it.
And because I know I will get asked…in general, we find a lot of clothing at thrift stores and at consignment sales…we also hit up the sales rack at Gap during their extra 40% off sale, sign up for The Children’s Place coupons and find great deals by googling coupons for any shopping we do.