As a designer I've always been a fan of pattern and color on the lower half. I just love something fun and playful, especially on little legs, with a great basic top. But parents sometimes ask me how to dress their kids in statement leggings? My answer is to keep it simple!
Here’s the challenge: forever we’ve been sold big gesture tops for kids. Typically for boys you’ll see shirts with truck or car patterns, robots, plaids, and primary colors, all paired with blue jeans or khaki pants. For girls, kittens, hearts or terrible slogans crowd the front of almost every t-shirt and sweatshirt on the rack. When I had my son I searched for something more unique and less gender specific. That search inspired me to source fabrics and make him leggings that were fashionable, cozy and potentially suitable for boys and girls alike. That was the genesis of Chaboukie, but it also required me to rethink complementary clothing.
I always keep an arsenal of cute basics in the closet. American Apparel carries some of my favorites (I have the grey, black and blue tri-blend t-shirt). These are not only super soft and comfy, but the vintage cut hangs nicely and is easy to get over a baby's head. Lot's of t-shirts for kids are stiff and boxy, but American Apparel tees have that soft “favorite old t-shirt” feel and a stylish fit.
Another two of my favorite basics from American Apparel are the raglan t-shirt which comes in a variety of on-trend colors and the zip-up hooded sweatshirt in black, white or heather grey.
Simple graphic tees work nicely too, but nothing too crazy that overwhelms the look. I tend to like a one color line art design (like our Slice o’ Life tees) or some light text. I also love shirts by Los Angeles kids t-shirt designers Orange Heat and Belly Sesame. Playful and sophisticated all at once!
If you're looking to dress things up a bit, a classic blue denim chambray shirt goes with everything (this has been my other favorite wardrobe staple to date). It's great on boys and girls and looks cool with funky, colorful and patterned bottoms. Same holds true for a vintage style denim jacket! In wintertime, I can't resist a big solid-colored chunky sweater with leggings or patterned bottoms. Yummy.