A person might be forgiven for thinking that, in the party clothes department, boys are severely underrepresented. But a person would be wrong. Between the miniature bowties, tiny sports jackets and divine knits, the problem isn’t nothing to wear, it’s which outfit to wear.
We love discovering international designers because what’s traditional in childrenswear is always a bit different. Take Japanese designer Arch & Line. So many adorably offbeat things are going on in this outfit: the white stripes across the navy vest ($51), the loose trousers, the penny loafers and the mismatched buttons on the shirt. Folks, we’ve just found best dressed.
For something closer to home, Melbourne’s A Little Pocket does boys’ party clothes with a relaxed vibe. Pop a bowtie over the Zoro Shirt ($27.45) and Lazy black pants ($35.90), and you’ve got something good for a nice family dinner and for flopping in front of the iPad with a full belly afterwards.
If you want traditional boys’ fashion, it doesn’t get more authentic than a sailor suit. The sailor suit was the very first trend in children’s fashion, made popular in 1846 by Queen Victoria’s four-year-old son Prince Albert. Korean designer Jujubong does an adorable warm weather take on the sailor suit with a wide collared navy and white shirt ($46), and matching navy shorts ($26).
With the rolled sleeves of its blazers ($87) and easy to wear button downs ($47), Paade Mode’s spring summer collection is modern Miami Vice, except with suits in ultramarine, because only a crazy person would dress a boy in all white.
A good jacket deftly turns sloppy into chic, and Industrie Kids’ Casual Blazer ($84.95) is the ultimate jacket. Worn with khakis and a shirt, it’s great for parties, but it wouldn’t look out of place over a hoodie with drop crotch jeans either. Please don’t rip it when you’re climbing trees though, boys.