There are a lot of companies selling decorated garments for kids. The style, quality and price of these items can vary massively. Kids love clothing that has character logos, sequins, buttons, ribbons and other decorations, but as a parent, it can be a nightmare finding high quality, safe and long-lasting clothing that looks good and that your children are willing to wear.
Quality Kid’s Clothes
The best decorated garments for kids are ones that are eye-catching, but that are not likely to fall to pieces the first time they get washed. Kids love to play rough and get dirty, so you need to choose clothes that are hardwearing. If you are buying logo or character clothing, try to pick clothes that have sturdy double-stitched patches, embroidered logos or at the very least, ones that are made with sublimation printing. Anything less is likely to fall to pieces before even the most fickle of children loses interest in it.
What to Avoid
When shopping for young children, you should avoid clothing that is fragile or that has a lot of loose parts on it. Big, flowing ribbons, sequins, plastic patches with single stitching or fluffy foam embossed logos are not likely to last long. Garments with iron-on style patches are also a bad idea if your child tends to pick a garment and wear it to death. Shiny clothes with “foil” threads don’t tolerate being washed very well, and are best reserved for older children.
Many of the fancy dress garments that are sold in theme parks and children’s clothing stores are so poorly made that they are unlikely to survive more than one party outing. If you are good with a needle and thread, don’t waste money on these outfits – make your own instead; they will look more impressive and last longer too!
These suggestions assume that you are shopping for decorated garments for kids that are still fairly young. Older children, especially older girls, are more likely to take good care of their clothes so you can safely buy more delicate items. However, you should still impress upon your child that there are some clothes that are for getting “dressed up” and others that are more suitable for play. This will help to avoid the heartache that comes with having your favorite piece of clothing fall to pieces in the wash.