Dressing your kids in clothes from big-box store racks does not always allow for the expression of individuality. You can visit those stores to get basics such as white tee shirts and then use your own creativity. Try these four ways to give your kids a unique look.
Sew or Knit Your Own
Sewing or knitting your own clothing takes some skills and time, but you’ll get a one-of-a-kind finished piece. In most cases, the cost of supplies will be a lot more than what you would pay for a child’s shirt or dress at a big-box store, so treat the process as a work of art and enjoy the creative flow. Consider vintage fabric or indie-dyed yarn for an individual look.
Dyed clothing was all the rage a few decades ago. Neon colored clothing was popular in the 1980s. If you cannot quite find the color you want, pick up some fabric dye and make it yourself. Dyeing clothes should be done with parental supervision. For a fun tie-dyed effect, use rubber bands of different sizes and dip the article of clothing into two or more colors. You can also achieve tonal and solid colors with fabric dyes.
Explore Screen Printing
Screen printing your own tee shirts is a great way to create a unique look for your kids. You can come up with designs inspired by your child’s artwork or drawings. You could even let the kids do their own screen printed designs. Some companies, like Absolute Screen Printing, know that if you’re planning a special outing or event, such as a milestone birthday party or a big family reunion, you could make fun shirts for it.
Visit the Thrift Store
Visiting a thrift store or two could yield an entire wardrobe of unique clothes for your kids. The stock at the thrift store changes on a daily basis, so stop in regularly to find cool threads. The prices at most thrift stores are affordable, and many have sale days with additional discounts. Thrift stores often benefit a charity such as jobs for the disabled or housing for veterans. Since the clothes are secondhand, just give them a wash and run through the dryer.
Kids are often picky about what they will wear. Instead of choosing their clothes yourself, let them in on the fun. Visit a thrift store or pick up some basics and some dyes, inks and other materials and create one-of-a-kind looks. These unique looks allow kids to enjoy great self-expression.