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Shopping for the Kids? This Way to Great Finds!

Looking for a hardy winter coat for junior? Need a formal dress for your little girl? No problem. Read where the best finds are from these retail-savvy mums!

 

Formal Wear

I like Little Colette at Paragon because it has a nice variety of fancy girls’ frocks and matching shoes. When a relative got married last year, I bought my five-yearold daughter the prettiest dress and a mini designer-style handbag from the boutique.  Erinne Lau, 35, account manager

Fashion Tailors Menswear at Orchard Plaza offers formal-wear hiring services for boys. Whether you’re after a tuxedo, a morning coat or tails, they’ve got it. The store’s founder, Mr Chow, learnt the craft of suit-making at London’s famous Saville Row. Savita Gupta, 45, teacher, and mum to a six-year-old son

Clothes for tweens

Both New Look at Ion Orchard and H&M have trendy and affordable clothes for tweens. My 11-year-old daughter is tall for her age; she is over the kiddie styles, but not quite ready for adult clothes yet. These high-street stores sell basics that are perfect for that ‘in-between’ stage. Think printed skirts and leggings, T-shirts and vests. Marcia Wee, 39, stay-at-home mum who also has a seven-year-old

My 11-year-old son likes the range at Twelve by Elly at Cluny Court, in particular, the funky printed tees and jeans. The boutique also stocks cute dresses, shorts and skirts for tween girls. Fox Kids has a great selection of graphic tees for tween boys. Angela Sui, 40, entrepreneur

Basics

Petit Bateau has basics that outlast trendy character tees. I don’t mind paying for the quality; it’s so good that I can even pass them down to my younger kid and relatives’ children. Y.L. Ang, 37, manager with two kids aged seven and two.

“I have a nine-year-old daughter. When she needs plain T-shirts, I usually head to small, nondescript stalls at Toa Payoh Central or Marine Parade Central. Otherwise, Gymboree’s website (www.gymboree.com) isn’t too bad either for its selection of tees. Sandra Tye, 48, director of business development.

Party costumes

I bought my six-year-old son a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume from Toys “R” Us. He wore it to his childcare group’s party and all his friends loved it. Toys “R” Us has a wonderful range of costumes designed after cartoon and movie characters and they’re quite affordable.” Delia Kng, 35, group account manager who also has a 10-month-old.

Costumes N Parties in Kampong Bahru has high-quality costumes for kids of all ages, from babies to teens. I like its range because it’s pretty extensive. I rented my three-year old daughter’s animal suit from there. For boys, there are superhero costumes, from Iron Man to Flash Gordon. You’ll also find more unusual costumes, like a wooden soldier outfit and a Southern Belle frock, complete with the big hat.” Louisa Lim, 33, teacher.

Swim & surf wear

Pumpkin Patch has adorable swimming costumes for little girls in its summer collection. My two older daughters, who are aged nine and seven, love the swimsuits because they’re printed with girly designs and come in bright colours. They fi t beautifully, too.” Ho Joo Kah, 39, teacher who also has two other kids aged three and 17 months.

Ocean Paradise at Tanglin Mall stocks top swimwear brands for children aged two and above. My favourite brands for my six-year-old daughter include the trendy Submarine Kids from Brazil; Kate Mack, whose swimsuits designs feature sequins and frills; and Hula Star, which is colourful and fun.” Aleisha Johns, 38, stay-at-home mum.

Korean fashion

Cuddle Clutter (www.cuddleclutter.com) is a wonderful online store selling made-in-Korea children’s fashion. You’ll find loads of cute floral dresses, cheery printed T-shirts for boys and girls, and even apparel for babies. I sometimes buy my kids’ play and casual clothes from here and, so far, I’ve found them to be pretty durable.” Maureen Lim, 42, events manager with two kids aged six and four.

Fun footwear

“My children love Skechers’ Twinkle Toes shoes because when they walk, the studs on the shoes light up. They come in a variety of colours and are easy to wear and keep clean.” Ho Joo Kah

British label Joules, available at Not Too Big at Forum The Shopping Mall, offers eye-catching printed wellington boots for boys and girls. When it rains, my kids love putting their boots on and splashing about in the puddles. Maureen Lim.

 

By Sasha Gonzales, Young Parents, December 2014

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