Coolest Kid on the Block

28 Feb

How-to take a few boys’ staples and make your kid the coolest on the block!

{Coolest Kid on the Block}

It always amazes me to see how the girls’ department is triple the square-footage than the boys’. I suppose it is this reason why I have thrown down the gauntlet, saying it doesn’t matter how few options or how little style is offered, great looks can still be created.

This outfit is one such example. Take a look at the neighborhood’s coolest kid:

Origins of this Cool Kid Outfit

Orange Polo: By Faded Glory, it was bought from a chain retailer like Walmart or Target, for under $10. Clothing should match a child’s energy and this bright high-energy color certainly does that.

Striped Long-Sleeve T-Shirt: By Cherokee and also bought for under $10 at a box store, the shirt is perfect for under sweaters, button-ups or short-sleeve T’s. Not only does it bring an extra layer of warmth against the winter cold, but is gives an outfit a nice pop of detail, especially when paired with another print.

Plaid Trousers: Found at a thrift shop, these tapered-leg, high-waisted slacks are vintage in style, however not in date, as they are most likely from the 1990s, at best. Having a pattern or print on boys’ pants is a must for bringing a high level of fashion to an outfit.

Canvas High-tops: Apparently, these are another favorite in our house as after we outgrew our old pair, seen here, we had to replace them with this Payless “Star Wars” version of Chuck Taylor’s. Children have to have comfortable shoes and those that allow them to play — but shoes that look cool to top it all, now that is the cherry on the banana split.

Grey Felt Fedora:
This is our new wardrobe accessory as his old black fedora is now getting a tad too small. Although I am not a huge fan of the graphic “dude” on the left side of the hat band, the color is fabulous and it’s a child’s fedora, so who can be picky?

I am, though, scheming a DIY-project to cover up the graphic with a more classy alternative bit of detail. (Purchased from Children’s Place, for $10-15).

Houndstooth Suspenders: Technically the H&M suspenders are an accessory in this outfit, but without this detail the outfit literally comes up short. The black and grey houndstooth first bring the color continuity between the fedora and the shoes, then it acts as an anchor to the whole funky look. Suspenders are a very quick and easy way to bring a lot of style to a boy’s outfit or to bring a very vintage vibe to it, like in this look.

Cool Kid on the Block

{So} What’s the Take-Away?

Mix & Match.

When children are first learning to dress themselves, they mix all sorts of things — prints with plaids, polka dots with stripes, and then they learn that this isn’t what’s done. So they then learn to box up that creativity and only wear plains with prints.

I say, have fun with your child and follow some of theirs cues to mix and match prints and patterns. Generally speaking, if the patterns and prints are all from the same color palette, then the outfit is practically a dead ringer for being an edgy style winner!

Harness your child’s creativity, add in your sensibility and together you will be creating a ton of great memories, as well as some fabulous combinations that will make your child the coolest on the block!

How do you create stylish children’s looks? Do you have favorite trick for making style out of the ordinary ?

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6 Responses to “Coolest Kid on the Block”

  1. Sandra A February 28, 2011 at 6:11 AM #

    Awww your son is so handsome and he is quite a stylish lad and a skater at that. My son is a skater and they are a stylish bunch.


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic March 1, 2011 at 12:06 AM #

      Yay! Skater moms’ in the house!! Here in New York, the crowd is so considerate of each other — it’s great to see! And, considering the reputation skaters have, I have been most pleasantly surprised to see the sportsmanship at skate parks is far superior than the majority of ball fields or other athletic courts. Perhaps, keen style breeds courteous actions?


  2. Dawn February 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM #

    What an utterly adorable young man! And so fashionable! Love the look!


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic March 1, 2011 at 12:02 AM #

      😀 thank you, he is a gem, and I adore him completely! Isn’t amazing, Dawn, how a couple basic’s in the local box store can be combined to create a totally unique & fun look?!?


      • Dawn March 2, 2011 at 9:35 AM #

        It is amazing! But one must bring their “eye” and their “I” with them when cruising those big box stores…which you have done so beautifully 🙂 Thanks for refreshing us so we don’t get tooooo overwhelmed out there in big box land and can make good fashion decisions.


  3. laurettalynne March 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM #

    I love the houndstooth suspenders. So cool. Love it.


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