A Wee Kid’s Jewellery & Accessories Edit by Hanna Nicholson (The Collective Boutique)
Posted on September 10 2015
It will come as no surprise that I don’t just love adult jewellery and accessories, I’m a pushover for anything in the kids’ department too. It probably helps that I run my own online fashion jewellery boutique and have a 6 year old boy to shop for! Since he was a baby I’ve always been on the lookout for age-appropriate stylish choices for him that don’t necessarily involve superheroes and cartoon characters. When The Wee Department Store asked me to write a guest post, there wasn’t a moment’s hesitation – jewellery and accessories for kids are so diverse now so this is really a Mini Edit of some of my favourite options this season. And jewellery definitely isn’t just for the girls either!
So, where to start? We can’t ignore the things the high street shops do well – the likes of Accessorize, Zara, Cos and H&M always have some brilliant options at affordable prices which I will be exploring but I’m also a big supporter of independent labels. There are so many paving the way in kids’ fashion right now and you can have a lot of fun with accessories as well as outfits. Parting with a little bit more cash for something you know has been lovingly designed and handmade is always a win-win for me.
Textiles-based jewellery and accessories are good choices for little people as they are soft on the skin and light to wear. I’m a big fan of Oeuf, a US brand, which makes these quirky little healthy-eating inspired designs from 100% baby Alpaca wool in Bolivia.
Take a look at Zuzus House as well – this designer is based in Lithuania and they have some really sweet little felt badges to customise a winter cardie, bag or coat (badges from £5.92 and postage approx. £4 depending on weight). Zara's fluffy cloud bag is a lovely accessory for Autumn (£10.99) and to keep those little ears warm, H&M's rib knit baby hat with pom pom ears is perfect (£3.99).
Pom-poms and bright tassels are having a big fashion moment for adults and kids alike! British label, Mini Magpie Kids (available on Etsy) uses 100% natural, up-cycled materials to make truly unique clothes and accessories. These beautifully bold necklaces and satin headbands are completely adorable (from £15). Fun chalkboard and painted wooden elephant necklaces are lovely ways to brighten up a winter top or dress – made by Little Lux who watched her mama making jewellery (Gunner and Lux) and decided to learn to create her own designs! The high street is also great at offering fashion-led pieces – this Cos Chambray Necklace (£7) is very cute with its neon details.
H&M have also produced some fun little customisable necklaces this season with tassels and initials (£2.99 each).
A must-have on my list is Pirates and Ponies, the jewellery collection by Kindish, handmade in Switzerland. These amazing necklaces are great for boys and girls plus they’re also available in mama sizes for those of you who enjoy some mama/child twinning! Each piece features a baby animal on vibrant, FSC certified wooden beads and an easy-to-use magnetic fastener for little hands. There are lots of styles and colour combinations to choose from – dinosaurs, farm animals, tigers, unicorns or zebras to name a few! At 37 Euros each, they are a little on the pricey side but definitely an investment which can be both worn and displayed in a bedroom. On a very similar note, if you’re not already familiar with Pray4Trax on Instagram, I would definitely recommend a browse of their story and necklaces, available at The Little Vikings. This heart-wrenching initiative spreads the word about cystic fibrosis and all proceeds go towards research in finding a cure against the disease.
And finally on the jewellery front (and very importantly!), this is one for mamas as well as babes. Check out Lara & Ollie for its range of lovely silicone teething bangles and necklaces. These chunky, geometric bangles and necklaces are available in fab colour ways and are made from high quality food grade silicone which make them odourless, tasteless and non-toxic – perfect for little teething people and stylish mamas (from £12.95 each).
Another Etsy discovery worthy of a mention is Small Talk. This brand is based in Tel Aviv but the shipping costs can be as low as £4, depending on the weight of your parcel so it’s worth exploring. The fabric covered hair clips in winking eyes and pineapples are super cute and would make perfect little presents too (hair clips from £5.59 per pair). I love this little set of fabric bow hair clips from H&M too (£2.99).
British label, Beau Loves, is a real favourite of mine, especially if you’re a monochrome fan. This baseball cap is an essential for all your dude-like little people and it didn’t leave my son’s head all summer holiday (except for a quick overnight wash, which it does really well!) (£20). Renowned Swedish brand Mini Rodini combines fun, graphic prints with practicality really well – I love their embroidery patches for customising your own bag, denim jacket, baseball cap or cosy hoodie (£6 each).
Bags and robust backpacks are an essential this Autumn – from practical styles to animal-themed rucksacks and pretty satchels. I especially love Zara’s little school backpack (£17.99, perfect for smaller people too) and for more of a bohemian look, this embroidered satchel from Accessorize (£12) will look as lovely with winter knits as it will come the Spring. The backpack range from Esthex is so gorgeous – kit out your little one with this friendly Fox for the Autumn – there are a few animals to choose from (£31), available from The Wee Store.
These panda rucksacks by Mini Rodini in pink or blue (£25) are also ideal for carrying essentials for days out, swimming trips or nursery. They’re lightweight enough too for little people to carry and take charge of their dinosaurs, dolls and other necessary bits and bobs!
When it comes to other accessories, kids eyewear also offers lots of fun options. I especially like US label Sons & Daughters who produce some super cool specs for 4 years and up – rest assured they do also offer 100% UV protection so they are stylish and safe (from £45).
Mini Rodini also have a smart, Spot eyewear range (from £30), ideal for crisp Autumn sunshine as well as days on the beach. We’ve always got to prepare for those wet, wintery days too so your toddling little ones won’t go wrong with an eye-catching umbrella to accompany them on puddle-jumping adventures – I can’t help mention this bright monster design which is a great high street purchase from H&M (£3.99).
Scarves can be an unwanted addition for little people but I love them as an extra layer, especially if they look this cute and cosy. My top picks from the high street include Zara's cotton scarf which comes in three neutral colour ways (£8.99) and H&M’s patterned neckerchief (£2.99) which is perfect for stylishly catching dribble, crumbs or milk!
Another brand on my must-have accessory list is a French company called Tattoofab – they produce lovely temporary tattoos using soy-bean based non-toxic inks, compliant with both EC and FDA regulations. They start at 3.90 Euros per pack and you can even custom design your own on their website. Make sure you check out Meri Meri too – this label was originally set up in LA and they are now Cheltenham-based with a lovely range of party products including these temporary Bug Tattoos (from £1.50 per pack).
You can have so much fun with accessorising your little ones so I hope you’ve enjoyed my Mini Edit, there were so many lovely things to share! Thank you for reading, please do leave your comments below and let us know about jewellery and accessory brands you like, we’d love to hear!
Thankyou Hanna for such a brilliant summary. I’m off to buy that monster umbrella for my boys – they’ll love it!
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