I am a total shopaholic and was sighted staggering around Fenwicks at 41+3 weeks pregnant BUYING tops. For myself. It was the summer sales and I refused to miss out on any bargains. In my defence some of what I bought was not completely ridiculous. Inevitably, some was an oversized and not compatible with motherhood (silk is no friend of vomit) mess.
So it was with some surprise to not only myself but all who know me that I hadn't previously shown any interest in buying clothes for my daughter. Firstly, we had been inundated with stuff from family and friends negating any actual need. Secondly we were a bit overwhelmed with our newborn which slowed even me, the hardiest of shoppers, down. Finally, in defence of my selfishness I found it hard to get excited about a baby gro and the wails which would emanate from my daughter whilst trying to change her were also no incentive.
But now that she has reached the tender age of 3+months I am fully on board with spending cash on my gorgeous little bundle. Ok, so she vomits a lot and is still not desperately keen on getting changed. But she is sooooooo cute. And the joy I get from dressing her surpasses even my own desire to shop. UNBELIEVABLE. Rest assured I am still shopping for two though, no need to get carried away.
I've always been a lady of extremes - rummaging hard and haggling in a charity shop and sauntering around Bond Street justifying ridiculously extravagant purchases. Given my initial inability to shop too far afield (navigating the tube with a pram takes awhile) I spent time browsing closer to home. My pocket of south east London is definitely still 'up and coming' so this left me with only charity shops and M&Co to peruse. To be fair, all exceeded my expectations, particularly M&Co which I had previously never set foot in - really not a bad baby range. I also got some great deals from charity shops - you can't really quibble at 4 items for a pound. But cool, fashionable, cute? Not so much.
After much messing around with cardigans and vests and all sorts of shenanigans I've come to realise that my daughter is a sweatshirt kind of girl baby. They are easy, look cool and can survive a hot wash. There is also a strong element of 'projection dressing' (I made this up) going on here as I spend my life in sweatshirts and skinny jeans. Is it wrong to dress your daughter as your mirror image? Probably (narcissist, narcissist I hear you cry) but who cares if she looks sweet? Freud maybe? Ah well, there will be worse to come........
Ok, so on with my 3 picks having scoured the boutiques and high street offerings. First up is H&M with a gorgeous little floral number which was £6.99. I always swore I would never dress my baby in pink or flowers but there are only so many times a day you can correct people who assume that your child is a boy because she is wearing blue. Come on grannies - stop with the sexist assumptions. Really cute sweatshirt, poppers on neckline, washes well. Job done.
Next up up is this very cool sweater from M&S which came with matching bottoms and was £14. M&S is another shop I wouldn't have been caught dead in pre child unless I was buying Percy Pigs at a petrol franchise. But i have to eat humble pie - their baby wear is a bloody revelation - it is really cool, reasonably priced and really good quality. Well done! (Their beauty range is also really good but more on that later).
Finally I went uber cool and forked out for a Mini Rodini cool sweatshirt which was in the sale for £28 at Gently Elephant kids boutique in SE4 (usual price £38). I do have a bit of a problem paying more for kids wear than I spend on clothes but I was feeling euphoric that day (I'd just bought a mohair jumper from Tkmax) so my daughter was in luck. Not something I can afford to repeat so we better make the most of it.
So there you have it. A small selection of my top kids sweatshirt picks. Baby gap and Zara baby are also always well worth a look for other cool kids stuff. At this rate my maternity leave is going to have to be massively curtailed - I CAN'T BLOODY AFFORD IT!