The eternal kids style question: how to dress up your little munchkin without making him or her look like they’re a doll, adult, or cartoon character.
It’s time to get rid of (if you haven’t already) those scratchy, synthetic pink frilled dresses and adult-like pajami suits from the Indian shops. When it comes to South Asian fashion for kids, there are a lot more options on the market now, with decent price points and breathable fabrics to match. Indian designer Payal Singhal has a kidswear line for boys and girls which borrow prints and embellishments from her adult collections, and Exclusively has a kids shop online too.
Closer to home, Vancouver-based House Farola has a collection of adult and kid’s clothes that focus on fun prints like pineapples, moustaches and polka dots – exactly the kind of elements a five or six year old would like.
“There is definitely a demand for Indian clothing for kids, especially comfortable, movable, breathable pieces,” says House Farola partner, Harleen. “Most of the requests we get are from parents whose children are not comfortable in kids Indian clothing, due to the prickliness of the embroidery or children complaining that they just want to be in comfy clothing. Parents are usually looking for something funky, fun, and cute for kids, and above all, something that their kids will love!”
Just in time for Diwali, Christmas and Lohri, House Farola has released a Fall/Winter line that includes quirky prints, including a mustache print for Movember and bright, seasonal colours.
“Kids come in all different shapes and sizes, that most of our kids pieces are made upon request and order. Also we want kids to love our stuff, and each kid will have [his or her] own hangup about short sleeve or long, cotton or silk, etc. To ensure that kids wants to wear our pieces, we have a specific consultation with the parents to ensure that each child’s specific requests are met.”
It may be a little cheesy (but it’s soooo adorable) – we recommend some of those “Mommy & Me” and “Daddy & Me” outfits that coordinate prints and colours for parents and kids. So cute! Contact House Farola for Indian fashion for kids in Vancouver at firstname.lastname@example.org for custom orders.