Now this may surprise you, but I am not a good shopper. I hate long shopping trips, I loathe trying things on in sweaty changing rooms under bad lighting (seriously, world of retail, what is it with the bad lighting? It serves no one), and I get flustered when well-meaning shop assistants ask if I need any help. Thus, internet shopping is my best friend, and never more so than after having a child. For when you have a baby in tow, long shopping trips aren't just a hassle, they're terrifying.
There is so much available on the world wide web that (I'm sorry to say) just can't be found on the High Street. I love an independent retailer, or a crafty and creative start up, and since the boy came along I've discovered that the internet is full of talented so and so's making or selling (and sometimes both) beautiful wares for little ones. So here it is, a little list of some of my favourite online shops, full to the brim with goodies for kids. Thanks to everyone on Twitter and Facebook who pointed me in the direction of some lovely sites.
Obviously it would be rather gauche to include my own shop in this list, but that won't stop me mentioning it anyway ... In case you've forgotten, I have a shop which sells lovely vintage pieces for children...
We're massive fans of Magnificent Stanley here at Lori and the Caravan. Specialising in beautifully crafted applique baby grows, tees, and blankets, Magnificent Stanley really know how to make those gorgeous Liberty prints sing. The personalised items make great presents (heads up to my friends who are expecting right now...) at really reasonable prices, while the toddler tees have become a staple of Arthur's wardrobe (and can withstand all of that toddler grime). A beautiful shop.
Who says dinosaurs are just for girls? We love the ethos behind The Little Geekery Company, a brand new online shop full of alternative, and slightly (but delightfully) geeky kids clothes. We've often scratched our heads in confusion (and frustration) at what the High Street deems 'gender appropriate', so this shop is hugely refreshing in it's approach. With a great mix of new and pre-loved clothing, The Little Geekery Company is also really affordable. I spent ages trying to pick my favourite item, eventually settling on this great tee (just £14!), but I also LOVE this colourful romper.
I dread to think how many hours I've lost gazing in utter lust at the Myriad website. Suffice to say, when the boy was born I wanted him to have all the wooden toys. Seriously, all of them. Myriad believe that a child's environment is crucial to their development, and have created toys that encourage an active imagination, as well as loads of fun. All of the items are crafted from sustainable and non-toxic materials, so you get to be green, and do the planet a good turn too.
If you're after kids clothes that are stylish and a step ahead of what's on offer on the High Street, then look no further than Wunway. Started by three mums with ten children between them, Wunway believe fashion is empowering, and there's no reason why that shouldn't start young. Currently focusing on girls fashion, we really hope Wunway consider a boys line soon (or that our next child is a girl). Based in the U.S, the postage means these clothes don't come cheap. However, the line is so gorgeous, we really think it's worth it.
We do love a graphic print here at Lori and the Caravan, so it's no surprise that we're such fans of Kyna Boutique. The clothes are organic, colourful, and kind on your little one's skin. To top it all off, Kyna Boutique offer free postage and returns, to take the fear out of online shopping. We're especially in love with this Maxomorra Moose Romper Suit, a steal at just £13.
Also worth checking out:
Frugi - Bright and colourful organic clothes for girls and boys.
DaisychainBaby - Eco-friendly clothes for little ones.
Babi Pur - Cloth nappies, clothes and toys with an ethical ethos.
Baba + Boo - Cloth nappies, organic clothes and accessories.
Leave a comment and let me know where you love to shop online for your little ones!