UAE's influencers share their thoughts
As a mum of a baby girl, one of the most enjoyable, and yet also most difficult, things to do is shop for the little one. Enjoyable because there are so many cute outfits, dresses and accessories, and difficult because you have to ask yourself, "Where do I draw the line?"When I'm shopping for myself, I love to mix and match, combining high street fashion with designer clothes. For example, a Zara dress with a Chloe bag or an H&M blazer with a Louis Vuitton scarf. It's about the look, not the label. It's about creating your own personal style.
In essence, that's how I also shop for our little girl - with the exception that I wouldn't buy her any high-end designer clothes. The most important thing for me (and most other mums, I guess) is that her clothing should be comfortable to her. As she cannot dress herself and express what's comfy, it's my job to make sure that the materials are soft and breathable and the cut allows her to play, roll around and enjoy herself. Then, of course, comes the style. While I don't particularly like all those puffy froufrou dresses, I do love to dress her in girly colours like pinks and pastels. Because she has dark hair and fairly dark skin, pale colours and whites look nice on her.
Basics like white onesies, simple t-shirts and socks are mostly picked up from high street stores like H&M since their baby clothes are made of cotton and are easy washable. Other moderately-priced shops where I go to find good basics are Zara Kids and Next. For occasion wear, I like to go to Ralph Lauren Kids and Petite Bateau. When we are back in Germany, I like to buy her clothes from Steiff, a traditional German brand that started by making high quality teddy bears back in 1880, and have now moved on to clothing.
And finally, I'm considering completely different things when giving gifts to my mum-to-be friends. Some of the things to ask yourself first are: is this practical? Is it easy to put on and take off? How long can she use it (maybe buy a size bigger as chances are she doesn't have too much in the next size)? Is it easy to match?