Slow Fashion for Kids
Eco-Parenting,  Sustainable Fashion

Slow Fashion for Kids: 5 tips for raising conscious fashionistas from an early age (and 5 brands you’ll love)

Slow Fashion for Kids

This whole month I’ve been discussing ethical, eco-friendly fashion with a focus on adults, but now it’s the kids’ turn! Here are 5 ways you can develop an eco-conscious wardrobe for your kids and 5 brands you and your kids will love!

5 tips for an eco-conscious kid’s wardrobe: 

1. Accept and give hand-me-downs

Hand-me-downs are a life force all their own. We fully embrace hand-me-downs and it is the best feeling to see someone else wearing your (former) littles clothes. I do have a few guidelines around hand-me-downs. 

Take all, but only keep what you will truly use. If you have someone offering you two garbage bags full of clothes, accept them gratefully and go through them right away.  

Hand-me-downs can quickly take up valuable real estate in a closet or storage area. Sort through and keep what your child will actually wear, that is in good condition, and that fits in your lifestyle. All others, bag back up and pass them on. 

Have a system for giving clothes you’re no longer keeping. When you have clothes in good condition that you’re ready to pass on to someone else, wash, fold, and sort them into a box or bag and get them out of the house as soon as you can.  

Have you ever had your child stumble upon a box of toy donations you’re trying to clear out of your house and they want them all back? The same goes for clothes. Kids – at least my kids – form a strong attachment to their things and clothes are no exception. 

We try to soften the blow by telling the kids who will benefit from their clothes next. For example, “I know you really love this shirt and you took such good care of it, which is why we get to pass it on to Everett and he gets to enjoy it.” This leads me to my next point. 

Create a group of friends or family for hand-me-down swapping. I have a loyal pack of friends with kids older and younger than my own and we all swap clothes regularly. It is the most magical situation. The goal here is not only to receive hand-me-downs regularly but to have children to give outgrown clothes to as well.  

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2. Purchase second hand

Purchasing clothes second-hand has a stigma. Unfortunately, most people hear “thrift store” and assume you HAVE to shop at a thrift store and it’s not by choice. Thankfully, with the addition of so many second-hand online markets now, purchasing something used is more common. 

I have a post about thrifting you can check out here:

How to Shop at a Thrift Store: 8 Essential Tips

Anytime you can give something a second chance in life, you are promoting sustainability and teaching your children to do the same.  

3. Encourage multiple wears

Eco-conscious kids’ wardrobes deserve clothes that will hold up to multiple wears. Look for high-quality clothing that can withstand your kids’ activity level.  

If an outfit was worn once and is not noticeably soiled or smelly, encourage your kids to wear it again. (Adults, this one’s for you, too! I talk about this in my laundry series).  

By getting multiple wears out of our clothing, we are reducing the number of times it has to go through the washing machine and therefore reducing the wear and tear on our clothes. 

Clothes stay in better condition, can be worn for longer (minus growth spurts), and can be passed on again and again. 

4. Fix what’s broken

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “A stitch in time saves nine.” The idea here is to mend things before they are past the point of repair. This could mean a small hole in a beloved sweater or reinforcing knee or elbow areas to sustain the lifetime of your clothes. 

I also love the idea of using embroidery to repair holes or snags in clothing. It’s such a fun way to personalize and repair at the same time.  

Remember, when we’re talking about clothes, it costs more to replace something than to repair it. And this isn’t just the cost of the final product, this is manufacturing, labor, resources used, etc.  

Check out my post on extending the life of kids leggings here

5. Avoid characters or trends

I know, I know. Kids love characters and trends. They would prefer everything to be licensed by their favorite TV and movie characters.  

The biggest problem I have with characters and trends is that they fall out of trend eventually. They become irrelevant. And unless your child loves the look of an item of clothing despite having a character they’re unfamiliar with, they probably won’t choose to wear it.  

We want our clothes to be timeless and span over several years. The less trendy items will hold up better in the long run. 

5 slow fashion brands for kids: 

Now onto the fun part… shopping! These five brands all share ethical and sustainable values. They clothe our kids with thoughtfulness, fun, and future generations in mind. 

Beya Made

Beya Made offers clothes for babies and toddlers that grow with your child. The gender-neutral, minimalist design means multiple kids can benefit from their pieces (whether in families or passed to friends).  

They also have a “trade up” program that allows you to send back used, outgrown Beya Made clothes and receive a credit toward a new garment in return. 

Slow Fashion for Kids

Tea Collection

Tea Collection is my all-time fave. I have a very generous brother and sister-in-law that gift my kids with Tea Collection for every birthday and Christmas and they never disappoint!

Tea Collection is a globally inspired, ethically motivated clothing company that gives 10% of its yearly profits to the Global Fund for Children. They also offer a “Tea Rewear” storefront to shop for pre-loved tea collection items. Visit their website and get ready for cuteness overload. 

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Wool&

Wool&, my personal favorite sustainable and slow fashion company, also has kid’s clothes! They offer a few options of wool dresses for littles as well as leggings. Kids are also encouraged to do the 100-day dress challenge! If you haven’t yet, read about my experience with the 100-Day Dress Challenge here.  

Wool& items rarely go on sale, but there is a huge resell market through their Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook group. 

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Crann Organic

Crann Organic was founded by a mom who needed safe, hypoallergenic fabrics for her kid’s allergy-prone skin. All of their clothing is 100% organic and free from plastic, pesticides, harmful dyes, and carcinogens. 

They are also a sustainable and ethical, slow fashion company. You will fall in love with their adorable prints and well-made designs.

Crann Organic is having a Summer Sale – 30% off site-wide right now!

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Primary

Primary clothing is like an instant mood booster. Gender neutral, bright colors, and everything kids need to feel comfortable in their clothing.

Primary developed a sustainability initiative that includes offering collections in organic cotton, standing against deforestation by avoiding certain materials, using recycled and sustainable materials, and shipping in compostable shipping envelopes. 

Right now, Primary is having its end-of-season sale with up to 50% off!

Slow Fashion for Kids

Slow Fashion for Kids

Slow fashion for kids doesn’t have to be difficult or confusing. To recap: 

  1. Embrace hand-me-downs
  2. Shop second-hand
  3. Encourage multiple wears
  4. Fix what’s broken
  5. Avoid characters or trends
  6. When shopping new, choose an ethical company that shares your values

Will you try out these tips to help your child be an eco-conscious fashionista? Let me know in the comments!

If you’re looking for more fashion-related content, check out these posts: 

How to Curate an Eco-Friendly Capsule Wardrobe
Minimalism and Fashion: How to Embrace a Wardrobe with Less
How to Shop for Sustainable Clothing on Amazon
Secrets of the 100-Day Dress Challenge
How to Sort Out Fast Vs Slow Fashion
How to Create a Daily Uniform and Save Your Sanity
How to Shop at a Thrift Store: 8 Essential Tips

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