I adore Japanese street fashion in so many ways but even so, I’m not quite ready to dress my two-year-old daughter Gothic Lolita style! Kawaii cuteness, like you see above, is more her thing. More like what you’d want for your kids’ too, I’m guessing. So here’s some Harajuku inspired garb in tiny sizes that’s got kid-friendly kawaii stamped all over it.
Dobutsu baby leggings are just the thing for keeping chubby little limbs warm this winter and come in the most adorable of colour combinations. This blue and brown striped pair, with their wise old owl on the bottom, are a hoot! (pardon the bad pun!)
They’ve made it into my six-month-old son’s wardrobe, alongside the very boyish grey and black striped panda pair, and are nice and thick for warding off winter’s chill. There’s plenty of Japanese legging candy for baby girls too. In fact, I dare you to look at the Little Lamb leggings (pictured above middle) and not go aaaawwwww!
My own little miss has these cute Bear and Bunny Capri leggings – she calls them her fancy pants – and I’ve had to literally prise them off her to wash them. They’re quite possibly the cutest pants I’ve ever seen for toddlers, right down to the lace trimmed hems, so I understand her fixation. Believe me when I tell you they look cheek-pinchingly adorable when on.
There’s plenty more to love with Japanese baby and kid fashion – from mismatched “pairs” of socks and sweet canvas runners to even sweeter frocks and tops emblazoned with cartoonish-style images that scream “I’m a kid! Let’s have some fun!”.
Put aside the cuteness factor for a second, if you can, because there’s another reason to adore mini Harajuku. It’s really, really cheap! So you won’t care if it gets covered in pureed pumpkin, poster paint or any other number of messes babies or kids can conjure.
I found all my great kawaii pieces at the devilishly cool Oliebollen, with leggings at US$16, socks for US$3.25, shoes from US$19.50 and tops from US$18. Oliebollen have very reasonable delivery charges to Australia.
For something closer to home, or if you prefer to shop in Australian dollars, try the awesome Kawaii Kids. And don’t forget to check our recent Shinzi Katoh post to find some cool matching Japanese accessories.