Forget dressing your toddler in plain solid color T-shirts and dull dirt-colored cords. Prints are in! Childrens boutiques are the first places to pick up on this oh-so-fun trend. Like happy talkative splashes of activity, prints bring vibrancy and flavor into a child’s wardrobe. But it’s not just about any print madly thrown in with another. The art of combining just the right colors and prints is not meant for the novice. Here are tips for helping your child achieve that sophisticated children’s boutique look.
1-Be wary of combining printed pieces of clothes yourself, or making a toddler dress or blanket with multiple prints in it. Fabric designers create fabric collections that are designed carefully to go together. They may look wild and crazy at first, but if you study them you’ll see that they are in coordinating, complimentary colors.
2-When you are selecting an item with multiple prints, print size is also an issue. How big are those daisies on the fabric? Usually, when you are combining prints, it works best to have one large-sized print (say, with big daisies) that’s the dominant print and several smaller sized prints (tiny prints that look almost uniform in color at a distance). The large sized print becomes the focal point (you look here first), and then you look at the other prints.
3-Appliques and other decorative elements work well on the smaller sized prints. Edging, rick rack, ribbons, buttons, lace, embroidery, and other embellishments can look out of place or get lost if you put them on the wrong print, or the wrong part of the print.
4-If you know how to do scrapbooking, you have a good idea of what kinds of prints and textures work well together.
5-If you are making a childrens boutique clothing item yourself to sell at a boutique, make sure that the face is framed well by the clothing. Embellishments, colors, and patterns should show off children’s cute faces, and not compete with them. Adult clothing styles often emphasize other parts of the body, but children’s clothing should bring the eye immediately to a child’s face.
6-Small stripes give a uniform, neat appearance and can unify a variety of printed fabrics. Ribbons printed with flowers, stripes, and other motifs bring a playful feel to clothing.
7-Don’t forget the shoes and socks! Whether you are designing a one of a kind romper yourself, or you are buying one at a childrens boutique, socks, tights, and shoes complete the show.