I spent years dreaming of how I would dress my kids, but then when I finally HAD kids, I realized that my views on what kids should wear were pretty impractical (just ask my husband about the infant overalls incident).
Now I let my boys dress in ways that make them feel good about themselves. Having three very sporty guys, I have been lucky to partner with Kids Headquarters, a company that produces Under Armour for the infant to size 7 set. When they offered to send us some of their new items, you would have thought the boys won the preschool lottery. They insisted on trying on ALL.THE.THINGS immediately.
I wanted to share with you today what I have learned about dressing sporty boys. Hopefully these tips will help you avoid your own infant overalls incident!
1. Let Them Dress Like their Idols
My husband and I met at the University of Maryland and we are HUGE Maryland Terrapins fans. My oldest son is named in part for the building where we met on campus. Yes, Terps blood has run through their bodies from a very young age.
My oldest has waffled in his life goals between being a football player and a soccer player. So, when he saw that Kids Headquarters sent him his very own football jersey just like the big boys, he went crazy.
He’s tried to wear the jersey to school multiple times a week, so we have had to put down a one school day per week rule.
The middle guy also loves his jersey. He has no idea Mom was in the stands at UMD when Under Armour first unveiled their UMD uniforms…
You may or may not know that I was a college athlete. I rowed on the University of Maryland crew team and got to wear a unisuit. I sure wish I had the fashion and function of Under Armour back then!
2. Choose Function & Fashion Simultaneously.
I see lots of little boys running around in starch-stiff clothing. As a former teacher, I want my kids to feel comfortable in their clothes so that their focus is on instruction, not discomfort. Comfort is different for all kids, but so far, my three boys prefer the feeling on Under Armour Heat Gear. My oldest says it feels like he has no clothes on…apparently that is the highest compliment a boy can pay to a piece of clothing.
My middle loves the Under Armour shorts with pockets. He loves to rest his hands there or store the treasures he finds throughout the day.
3. Shop in Interchangeable Outfits.
I learned when my oldest was 3 that if I wanted the boys to dress themselves, I better make it really easy to determine what “goes together”. I love that Under Armour has color stories each season, so the boys can swap out different shirts and pants without having to buy a whole new outfit.
Take this cute little football shirt paired with my favorite UMD football pants (I want a pair of these in my size).
Well, the baby is not the cleanest eater, so midday I switched out to this adorable #ByAnyMeans Maryland Football shirt.
He is showing you his muscles here… I couldn’t resist the photo:
4. Hear Them When They Let You Know What Their Friends Are Wearing.
In our house, the little boys want to dress like their big brother. Big brother wants to dress like his friends. The first day of school looked like Under Armour took over, and my oldest liked that he fit in. He came home though and casually slipped on tall Under Armour socks – a new staple in his wardrobe that is an influence of his friends.
I think it is important for self confidence that kids feel good in their skin. Sometimes feeling good about themselves has to do with how others perceive them – and clothing can be a big part of that. Take my 6th grade Z Cavaricci stage. My mom treated me to a pair of jeans that made me feel good about myself because they were “in style” – even if, looking back, I look a bit more MC Hammer than Marie Claire.
5. Let Them Share Their Interests Through Fashion.
My middle guy LOVES superheroes and dressing up. Under Armour’s Alter Ego items let him play dress up all day every day.
He can be Iron Man:
Or Spiderman, depending on his mood:
6. Choose Clothes That Bring Out Your Child’s Personality.
My oldest has a complex personality.
He loves to laugh and can be SUPER silly:
He is also really competitive and can be quite serious:
He also can be chill and easygoing:
My middle is the sweetest thing you ever met. He loves wearing graphic tees with witty sayings.
7. Help Them Accessorize.
My oldest loves when I accessorize with necklaces or earrings, so he jumps at any chance to spice up his outfits with bracelets, socks, or hats. Even his backpack screams sporty!
Disclosure: This post contains reviews of Under Armour items, some of which I received in order to facilitate this post. Several of the items I purchased myself. This post contains views that are 100% my own and have not been influenced in any way.