Guest Post: How to Dress up Your Kids for Special Occasions (Dos and Don'ts)

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My name is Zara Lewis and besides being a mom of three: two kids and a puppy, I'm also a designer and freelance writer. I'm passionate about traveling, hiking, cycling and yoga and I love to write about things that are part of my life and inspire me, mostly parenting, beauty and healthy lifestyle topics. I am a regular author on highstylife.com , but from time to time I also contribute to some other blogs I like working with.

Dressing up for a special occasion can be a very challenging task, especially if you’re not used to attending such events very often. Formal clothes can be tricky to choose, and it gets even trickier when it comes to your toddlers’ outfits. If you’re not sure how to pull off formal look for your little ones, stay with us. Here are some dos and don’ts you need to know about.

Stay away of synthetic fabrics


Synthetic fabrics, itchy embellishments and lace should be avoided at all costs – your little one won’t feel pleasant in such outfits, plus there’s the fact that these may cause irritation on their sensitive skin. Seriously, wearing those fancy yet impractical clothes is simply not worth your kids’ discomfort, even if they need to be dressed up just for a couple of hours. Instead, always opt for cotton accompanied with accessories that won’t irritate sensitive skin – this is the best way to achieve glamorous look which is comfortable at the same time.

Opt for easy on-easy off outfits


Even though a real neck tie will look absolutely adorable on your little boy, the truth is that it can get extremely complicated when you start dressing him up. Dozens of those tiny buttons can be true pests, as well as all these different layers that are – let’s face it – really unnecessary. After all, your kids won’t stay still while you are attempting to dress them up into those tricky garments, so don’t bother and choose something simpler. No matter how good you are with that, sometimes you simply don’t have time to get everyone prepared – including yourself. So, those easy on-easy off outfits can be true time (and life) savers sometimes!

Try to avoid white


Stay away from white as long as you can, unless the bride insists on a white flower girl dress for your little daughter. When it comes to toddlers, this colour can be a true nightmare for several reasons – first of all, because kids don’t even understand its importance. They are used to running around and having fun no matter what they are wearing, so they will surely act in the same way while wearing white suits and dresses. Needless to say, different kinds of stains can give you a tiny nervous breakdown, which is definitely not what you need at such an important event. So, give your best to stay sane and keep your children happy at the same time, and opt for formal clothes that are not white.

Keep it loose


Another important thing when it comes to dressing up your children for a formal event is that you should shop for comfort – they won’t feel pleasant in clothes that are too tight. Besides, such an outfit will not allow kids to move with ease, which may make them feel cranky. So, before making a final decision, it’s essential that your kids try on different outfits. Let them move around a little bit in them – even if they can’t tell that they’re uncomfortable, you will be able to see that the fit is wrong. Formal occasions, such as christening or wedding certainly require specific clothes like smart boys suits, so make sure that you stick to tradition while allowing your children to feel comfortable in their outfits. Don’t let the sleeves dig into their chubby arms, and shirts to pinch their necks – try a looser fit instead and let your little ones enjoy this special day to the max.


Now that you’ve read all of our tips, you can start with preparations for that special occasion everyone is looking forward to. Just make sure that your kids feel comfortable in what they are wearing, because that’s the only way to keep them satisfied and happy.  Avoid white and itchy materials, keep it loose, and everything will be just fine!


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