The other day Ed received a text from a friend asking how much we spend on Eves 'high fashion'. undoubtably this was a bit of a joke but it got me thinking about the amount of money people spend on baby clothes and how bad it is for the environment to buy clothes that are oly worn once or twice when the fact is that its really not necessary. The truth is we don't spend hardly anything on clothes for Eve, but we can still dress her well whilst not spending too much and helping to save the planet. Here's how we do it.
Take as many hand me downs as you can get. When people started offering / giving me hand me downs i didn't think we'd use them. I'd bought vests and sleep suits and a few cute little outfits whilst i was pregnant and i presumed this would be enough, i put the bags of hand me downs away in a cupboard and didnt think anything of it. Fast forward to 4 weeks after baby's been born and every vest and sleep suit is in the wash as baby poo's and sicks up on their clothes 3 times a day and i was so grateful for the extra supplies. I've not bought a new vest or sleep suit since Eve was born, everything she wears to bed or under her clothes now are items that we've been given, and as they are sleep items or under garments it doesn't really matter if they're not your style as no one see's them. So take as much as you can get when its offered to you!
Trawl the second hand shops. They don't do charity shops here in Amsterdam, which makes me sad, but they do have excellent second hand shops. Babies grow out of clothes so quickly that most second hand items that you buy will have only been worn once or twice anyways. I recently spent €30 in the Oud West kids shop on De Clercqstraat on some amazing finds. A pair of cord Petit Bateau dungarees (too big but she'll grow into them) a beaut Zara dress and pants that are actually still in the shop now, some Zara wool leggings and a few other bits (see pic below). Everything was nearly new and in excellent condition. Undoubtably my favourite place to shop as you get good quality items, reasonably prices and your not contributing to the 'fast fashion' industry but reusing times that have only been worn a few times.
All this for under €30 (Zara, Petit Bateau, 1+In the family)
Invest in a few key items. If you are going to buy something new and spend a bit of extra money, which lets be honest we all will do, then make sure its a key item that will be worn lots so that you get your moneys worth. My favourites are cardigans and hats (which you'll probably already know if you follow my @lauranza.in.amsterdam instagram account). I recently spent €42 euros on a pure wool cardigan / jacket for Eve, and although thats a lot of money to spend, she's worn it nearly every time we've left the house since i bought it, so therefore i don't feel like it was a waste of money. Invest in good quality items and you wont feel like you've over spent on something that is never worn.
Don't be afraid to ask for useful gifts. If your about to have a baby, you'll undoubtably be showered with gifts from people. My advice would be to ask people for clothes that are for 3-9 month olds and not newborn. We bought loads of newborn clothes ourselves, because we were excited and we had the cash (before maternity leave budgeting) so we didn't really need anything else. The most useful gifts we received were the things that were a little bit bigger. Eve has a beautiful wardrobe, full of clothes that were gifts and some of them are still to big for her now and i'm so happy that we have these things for her to grow into.
Gorgeous clothes just waiting for Eve to grow into them
I absolutely love fashion, and clothes and dressing Eve up and i feel like i can still do this without it costing the earth (literally)! Do you have any more tips or ideas? i'd love to hear in the comments below.
Love Lauranza x