Is dressing well worth the cost?

With the arrival of the first-ever Global Kids Fashion Week a few months ago, high-end designer clothing has found a new limelight. Now, fashion industry titans like Marc Jacobs, Paul Smith, Stella McCartney, Burberry, and Tommy Hilfiger are making miniature versions of their stylish high-end pieces for little fashionistas to wear everywhere from special events to high street, and celeb kids like Suri Cruise, Romeo Beckham, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, and Jayden and Willow Smith are doing just that.

But luxury designer clothing comes at an expensive price, which begs the question: is dressing smart worth the cost—especially for kids? After all, trends are updated each season, and kids tend to outgrow their clothes even before new looks hit the runways. While it’s true that dressing the entire family in designer threads on a regular basis is far from financially practical, there are some special occasions that just may warrant dressing up in those high-end pieces.

Take, for example, the Christening of a new child, or the wedding of a dear family member or friend. These are special, once-in-a-lifetime events, and they are commemorated with scores of photos and videos. As such, they call for the entire family to look their very best. You probably buy new dresses and suits to celebrate these formal events, so why not treat your children to a few high-end pieces from Alex and Alexa as well? Investing in a handsome tux for your son or a darling new dress for your daughter will ensure that they look like proper little sirs and misses in the family photos. What’s more: the children may actually have fun dressing up in designer clothing for a day!

But if you do decide to invest in luxury clothing, make sure the children know that the pieces are for special occasions only. Let them know that these designer pieces are not meant to be worn when they’re playing outside or eating messy foods at meal time, and that they often come with special instructions for cleaning. In short, make sure they know that these pieces need to be treated with care and respect.

It’s also important to remember comfort when dressing your children in luxury designer clothing. A fitted bowtie or tulle dress may look absolutely darling on your son or daughter, but if your children begin to feel itchy or overheated in their new outfits, they are likely to start fussing in the middle of the event. Instead, look for pieces made from comfortable, breathable materials like cotton that allow the kids to have easy mobility. As with your own wardrobe, investing in a few high quality pieces will make the kids look stylish—without putting too big of a dent in your family pocketbook.

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