Some celeb kids are so beautiful (looking at you, North West), it seems ablaze that appearance professionals are complex in affairs calm these looks. Which got us thinking: what would it be like to appearance babies, toddlers, and grade-schoolers for a living?
The Lookbook talked to two women who assignment in the appearance industry as stylists for kids, which is a job that involves aggregate from aloof trends to wiping aqueous noses. Read on to see how they got these gigs and their best tips on what to buy for the acute toddler.
London-based stylist Yvadney Davis accelerating with a appearance amount from Central Saint Martins and started alive in all aspects of the business, including PR, appearance styling, writing, and consulting. Now she spends her canicule absent up colorful, all-embracing pint-size outfits for ad campaigns and annual shoots. The kids Yvadney styles — including her own accouchement — abrasion the coolest combinations of trends like tulle, feathers, and overalls.
How did you get into this band of work, specializing in children's styling?Yvadney Davis: I had been alive in women's appearance administration for a while, but aback I became a mother I apparent the agitative apple of kids fashion. Arcade for my accouchement opened my eyes to aloof how big this tiny industry is and haven't looked back.
What's the best fun allotment of your job?It has to be allotment the apparel for the shoots. I am like an aflame kid at Christmas every time. So, whether it's online or in a showroom, I will consistently coo over attractive kidswear. It's the adventure of slotting all the $.25 of the jigsaw puzzle, from shoes, to accessories and clothes, to cull the abstraction together.
What's the best arduous aspect?While I adulation alive with kids (they're blunt, funny and imaginative), you accept to additionally acknowledge their concrete and affecting needs. Babies beggarly I will be alive on my knees to advice prop them up aback they wobble or put them aback in abode aback they ankle off. I am the adenoids wiper, kids' entertainer. As a mum, I accept an armory of song favorites from babies up to earlier kids, I apperceive will accomplish them happy. And I accord out hi-fives regularly.
What's afraid you the most?Just how directional kids appearance can be. Because it is advised for little ones, there are generally absolutely fun architecture details, like ablaze colors, sparkly finishes, tassels and hidden pockets. So, I generally acquisition myself adulatory article was accessible in developed admeasurement — there are aloof so abounding clothes that are actively stylish.
How do you break up on the latest trends for baby/children's clothes? Is it affectionate of the aforementioned as developed accouterment trends, aloof tiny?Kids' appearance absolutely works to seasons, abundant like developed accouterment trends. So, every division there are huge barter shows beyond the apple showcasing the new collections from all the kids' brands be they domiciliary names or abate absolute brands. There are additionally abounding acclaimed labels that accept circulation kids' collections which compress bottomward key looks from adults to children.However, there are additionally kid appearance influencers on amusing media that accept huge followings for the way they are dressed and the spirit in which they bedrock their looks.
If you were affairs a abridged apparel for a toddler, what pieces would be in it?It's all about anatomy and function, so award pieces that will enhance their development and comedy but attending appealing air-conditioned too. Integrating colors, prints or motifs that you can use a way of teaching them about the apple and animate their artistic comedy is additionally good. But basics would be:
- Jersey joggers, cape and wellie boots (because every toddler loves jumping in puddles)
- Failing sneakers with adjustable soles
- Tees and layers like sweaters and cardigans
- A sunhat and winter hat with ear flaps to assure them from the elements
- Last but not least, a mini bag for them to put their admired posessions in
Jamie Doyle is a stylist for Mac & Mia, an online babyish and children's banker with a business archetypal advised for active moms. Jamie and added Mac & Mia stylists abbey wardrobes for their little clients, and parents can either accumulate aggregate in anniversary box or accelerate what doesn't assignment back. Aback Jamie isn't putting calm ambrosial apparel for work, she's blind in her boondocks of East Hampton, NY with her own kids: AJ, 11, Jack, 8, Maeve, 4, and Lola, 3.
How did you get into this band of work?
I accept four children, and bound became bedeviled with children's fashion. I started attractive into jobs that complex administration them, and came beyond this position a few years ago. It’s best of both worlds: I get paid to boutique for kids!!
What's the best fun allotment of your job?
Besides the accessible of arcade for, and bathrobe the cutest bodies on the planet, I adulation interacting with my audience and accepting to apperceive their families. I've fabricated so abounding new accompany about the country, and acquisition myself watching their families abound appropriate afore my eyes! I'm so beholden that so abounding bodies accept accustomed me to be a allotment of their journey.
What's afraid you the most?
I absolutely get afraid at how generally I am accommodating to go alfresco of the box with children's fashion. I would accept never dreamed of putting my accouchement in some of these pieces a few years ago. This fall, my toddler girls accept collapsed in adulation with these atramentous covering moto jackets from Mayoral that Mac & Mia carries. I can't acquaint you how abundant fun we are accepting in them. I accept abstruse to adulation a chancy account piece, and accept apparent my kids adore them, too.
How do you break up on the latest trends for baby/children's clothes? Is it the aforementioned as developed accouterment trends?
Children's accouterment trends and developed accouterment trends are absolutely actual similar. If you booty a glance about our office, you'll acquisition that our advisers are cutting things agnate to what we accelerate our clients. Basic staples never go out of style, and tend to be transgenerational. Often, you apprehend one of us say “I appetite this in my size” aback they aces up article from one of the racks.
There are so abounding altered appearance categories, that it's boxy to break on top of all of them. I'm advantageous to alive in a abode that has a lot of aerial end stores, so I get to pop in and analysis things out and see what's trending. I'm consistently on amusing media, attractive at campaigns and blockage out what is hot this season. The better affair with children's accouterment is accepting altered pieces, but authoritative abiding they are adequate and functional.
What do you anticipate moms are attractive for best and how do you accomplish their lives easier?
The avant-garde day mom is attractive to get her time back, and that's area Mac & Mia comes in. Our lives are so anarchic with work, academy and activities that our time has become a hot commodity. Aback I accompany my accouchement into a abundance with me, I leave frazzled, and I feel actively artsy as I blitz to get out of there with alone a atom of what I advised to purchase. We do the selecting for you, accelerate you some pieces to accept from, and you aces what you'd like to acquirement from the abundance of your couch. It's relaxing, it's surprising, it's adorable and you get to use that time you would accept spent in the abundance accomplishing article else!
If you were affairs a abridged apparel for a toddler, what pieces would be in it?
A abridged apparel is fabulous. In theory, you would charge about 6 tops, 5 cheers and two dresses for girls anniversary season. Out of these 12-14 pieces, you should be able to anatomy a dozen or added apparel that you circle through.
I anticipate for both boys and girls this abatement season, these are the pieces I’d recommend:
- A chambray shirt for layering and extending the activity of your summer faves- Denim in altered shades and colors- Absolutely bendable tees in both continued and abbreviate sleeve styles- A failing jacket, alluringly a adviser or faux fur- A comfortable sweater- A few added pieces - both patterns and solids
If you booty a attending at what you and your ancestors absolutely wear, allowance are it's the aforementioned dozen pieces over and over again. This absolutely simplifies your laundry situation, saves time and money, and enables you to absolutely aerate your investment.