GUEST POST: STYLE SERIES WITH PIRATES AND PEONIES PART 2.

hi! it's me, shaynah, again from PIRATESandpeonies! so happy to be back. if you didn't catch who i am feel free to find out here
i am so happy to be sharing with you about little boy fashions. it is sometimes hard to get creative when it comes to dressing boys, and i have found that functional is always best! my boys like things that they can move in (and that mostly means tackle each other in). we are active, as we live in the midwest near lots of parks, so i am often inspired by woodland animals and comfy looking clothes. that is really where i am drawing my inspiration from these days. think cabin in the woods meets the animals living off the land.
these are a few of my favorite things:

in the home: moose bedding // fox pillow // plates // circus bin  // elephants 

big kid: stars tee // baseball henley // headphones

toddler: knight cape and helmet // tiger claw leggings // wooden horse

for baby: pale nulle // pirate body suit // long underwear body suit  // booties

my oldest guy is by far my sporty - no fuss dresser. he likes simple. as much as i want to put him in elaborate things i just prefer to do things his way, so i stick to cute tops that are cozy and close to his body so he can run faster. yes, i know it doesn't make him run faster, but we like to pretend it does! he is old enough to think that things are girly so i try to stick to rugged these days. shoes are typically our big investment because we know they will be passed down to the younger siblings (jeans don't usually make it, being our boys rip holes in nearly every knee). we also have hit video games and the electronic phase so i try to keep him busy yet limit his time on it, so we bring paper and pens everywhere so he can spy and draw the things he sees so he usually totes a cool backpack loaded with gear.
my toddler is far more quirky than his brother. he is always sporting masks and hats. i don't mind costumery in public, i mean you're only a kid once right! i also like the differences in their personalities. kids should really be themselves, and i try not to let who i think they should be get in the way of who they really are.  he also likes things that are easy to move in. i love his little legs in tighter fitting pants with boots, and luckily he likes that comfy feel so it works. i try to stick with muted colors that way things can be mixed and matched without being as obvious. we have been known to wear things for  a whole week straight a few days in a row, we are only human! i much prefer to invest in a few unique pieces that can be worn often rather than a lot of clothes that barely get use. it seems to work so far and then i don't feel bad on those one or 2 splurges at the beginning of each season!
for baby i want simple. i want easy on and offs. i don't like when people make babies look like little men, i want him to look like a baby. stripes are always my go-to. i like the one piece outfits cause he will be born during the cold months so i want to be sure he is covered well, but mostly i want him to have wonderful things surrounding him. that means sweet little toys and blankets that make him feel at home and safe. things that are perfect for snuggling!
in general i think it is most important to find your little guy's personality and try to dress him in something that naturally co-exists with his behaviors. i have to admit my fashion has adapted to my boys style more than theirs has adapted to mine! i usually check with my oldest before i order him something -- if he squinches his face up it probably isn't worth going through the buying and return process!
funky hats and pipe cleaners used as an ear mic. normal occurrences in our home!
comfy at home play clothes. and YES we wear shoes in the house for fun!
silly back packs make it more fun to haul our stuff around
my splurge brands that i typically buy a handful of things from are:
  • bobo choses
  • mini rodini
  • polarn o pyret
  • little z kids
  • flora + henri
after i have my investment pieces i match them up with something from here:
  • crewcuts
  • hm
  • zara
  • babygap
thank you isobel for having me again! i hope you guys got a few pointers or at least some new ideas or creative ways to get your little dudes in more than just cargo pants and polo shirts. i know it can be tough to even care sometimes, but i think kids should have an imaginative and creative childhood, don't you?!