Thursday, September 27, 2012

Your Turn

Kristin Cavallari tweeted the photo above of her son who looks adorable. She also made sure to mention he was wearing Burberry. Designer clothes for babies or not? Would you do it if you had the money?

84 comments:

TV Junkie said...

I might get one or two things that are super cute, but that's only if I could REALLY afford it. Everything baby-related is so expensive, though, so I'd prefer not to waste a lot of money on just ridiculously overpriced clothes!

rejectedcarebear said...

Cute baby but I would never buy my nieces or nephew anything designer. Everything they wear gets ruined approximately 5 minutes after it gets put on.

NernersHuman said...

I might for a couple of special occasion outfits, but babies outgrow things so fast that buying excessive amounts of designer clothes is just silly.

Roman Holiday said...

Baby is so cuteeeee!!!!!!

I would if I had the dough re me........

themagicspork said...

To each their own but I wouldn't spend my money on designer clothes for a baby or even young child. For me it would be a waste of money. Just like I don't buy shoes for a child who is not walking.

jane3113 said...

He is shitting in that thing right now. Money well spent.

timebob said...

she was given them in-kind for promoting it on twitter. Kristin was just hustling for a dolla

*karen* said...

If I was a millionaire, I would probably still buy baby clothes at Target.

urban chaos said...

I think many go overboard for their first. Then common sense kicks in and you realize most of these clothes end up stained (from both ends) and have a short shelf life at the NB stage.
But hey, her $$, her choice.

Layna Day said...

If I wore designer clothing, I would want my child to be dressed to my standards. I wouldn't buy everything designer, but would certainly pick up several pieces.

Christina said...

I have to admit that I love Burberry on babies. If I could afford it I wouldn't get them a whole wardrobe, but I would get them a few darling pieces.

pilly said...

Using your baby to make money is the root of all evil

I'll pray for that POOR baby

Glitter said...

Yes, I would deck myself and my kid in designer clothes if I could.However, this person is prolly getting a kickback from the company so it was most likely FREE.

Kewi said...

He is too freaking cute, at least she's spending money on the baby and not blow. If she wants to go broke playing dress up then by all means live it up.

Renoblondee said...

I would. I'd still buy from regular stores too though.

ljsmed said...

I'll buy very nice things for my daughter but I also buy a lot from Target. It's just so cute to see a little girl in Lily Pulitzer!

jaariel said...

I would get a few outfits, especially for pictures & special occasions, but every day wear has to be at a price that won't make me crazy trying to keep it clean!

tamarind said...

you are asking the wrong mama. i still insist on hand sewing all of their halloween costumes. definately, no.

Notorious GAT said...

i had people buy my baby girl juicy couture outfits and i thought those were too much. i'm happiest when she's in a plain white onesie and her favorite blanket.

pushing designer names in people's faces makes you look insecure and pathetic. (which is what i believe miss cavallari is in a nutshell!)

Susan said...

My son's christening ensemble was close to $300, and the whole entire day I was completely OCD that he was 1. going to spit up all over it, cause he was a total spitter-upper for the first 6 months or 2. Poop all over it because breast-fed baby poop is all kinds of runny/nasty or 3. Pee all over it because his diapers always seemed to leak at the most inoportune moments. So, designer stuff for his ass? Ummm. Big fat no. Maybe when he's 18 years old ... make that 21.

The baby merchandise business is such a racket. Don't even get me started.... Plus the grow out of things in like a minute. Carters, Old Navy, BabyGap. That's as high-end as this momma gets. Shit, I'm a total J. Crew junkie for myself but there's no way in hell I'm spending $50 bucks on a toddler sweater. That's crazy talk.

Ms Cool said...

Has anyone seen the Smoking Jay Cutler site? I know he is a baby but now I just picture him with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth.

I don't mind designer clothes for special occasions, I guess. I think it is wasteful for everyday clothing.

msgirl said...

Nah - even if I was filthy rich it's a complete waste of money. My background wouldn't change a thing even if my economic situation changed so drastically. I bought my baby clothes at consignment stores and GoodWill.

Carte Blanche said...

If she paid for it, ridiculous! Spit up, mustard poop...
If she got it free as long as she put in a mention, then go for it, why not? Although, I'd assume Burberry would aim higher on the celebrity tree than Kristin.

NaNa LaLa said...

Nope, no matter how rich I was! I couldn't fathom trying to clean out a diaper blowout from something so expenisve, not to mention spit up, food stains, and baby gunk in general. Heck, except for church or a special occasion, my girls were in onesies in the summer and pjs in the winter. Babies are dirty dirty creatures and really don't notice if they are wearing burberry or a paper bag (not plastic because babies can suffocate - safety first!) Seriously, when I got too many size 0-3 month clothes for my big girls, I traded them in for diapers and laundry detergent. So much more efficient!

Texshan said...

Nope. It's ridiculous. That stupid Burberry outfit was ruined approximately seven seconds after she took this photo because he either barfed or shat all over it. I feel the same way about older kids, too. When I see those unfortunate-looking twins of J Ho's wearing their Coach stuff, I cringe. Kids are hard on clothes and they outgrow them in about a week. It's stupid to waste money on expensive designer clothes for them!

SusanB said...

My sister had 5 kids. When they were small she would occasionally go to garage sales in well-off neighborhoods and get designer baby/kid stuff for pennies. That's the only time they wore designer stuff until they were old enough to pay for it themselves.

MISCH said...

No it makes no sense to me..

Mhdz said...

Absolutely not. They're babies, for crying out loud.

This reminds of me of those fancy shmancy strollers that everyone HAD to have about 8 years ago. Every celebrity had one and regular folks wanted them too, just because famous people used them. And then guess what, the strollers were recalled because they were chopping off babies' fingers. Babies and fashion/trends don't mix.

eris hilton said...

They're just going to puke on it, though, the same could be said for many celebrities.

Audrey said...

Two things:

1) If I were a millionaire, I'd shop only at high end places for myself, so why would I make the extra trip to Target for the kid? So, ya, I'd buy high end stuff just for convenience.

2) Some high end clothes are made of better quality material. Softer cotton, smoother silk, so ya, again. If I were a millionaire, I'd want the higher quality item for both me and the kid.

crila16 said...

I'm not a designer whore, so probably not. I tend to buy what I like and what I think looks good...not just because of the designer. This outfit, though Burberry, is adorable...but I could find the exact same looking outfit (minus the burberry design) at target.

KLM said...

I do from time to time, but not for daily stuff. My son doesn't have a ton of designer stuff (is Charlie Rocket even considered designer?).

But my mom is a bit out of control with my daughter (all Splendid, Lily Pulitzer, Ella Moss), but I think that is because my daughter is her only granddaughter.

mikey said...

My mother made sure my children had plenty of designer clothing and everything came from Saks. I bought them Oshkosh and Gymboree. To her credit, the stuff she bought for the 1st boy lasted through the 3rd boy and was still going strong for #4 - girl.

The trick to getting out the stains is immediately, or as soon as possible, soak the item in a bucket with Biz.

Maja. With a J. said...

No. My kids, if ever born, will receive that stufdf from their grandmother, who is and always has been a raging label whore *L* And yes, I did have a Burberry coat as a child. Did I appreciate it? Hell no. It wasn't cool looking at all.

Miranda said...

No designer clothes. What a waste! However, I would spend good money on clothes that wouldn't fall apart after a dozen washes :)

Turkish Taffy said...

Hell yeah. When I was still single and making big bucks, I loved buying something really special for my friends' kids.
Too bad I stopped working when I had my kids, but it wouldn't have covered luxuries, anyway. I would have loved to buy them if I could afford them.

Merlin D. Bear said...

Quality wins over designer tags any day.
Can a mother please answer this one for me - does the diaper set label chase? When you have a play date, do the kids check to see who's wearing what and then snub?
Because I'm really dying to know.

rhinovodka said...

no designer duds-Target is good enough for me. Kids grow so fast anyway, no point in wasting a lot of money on clothes they will outgrow soon.

Turkish Taffy said...

BTW, my sister-in-law liked to spend her husband's money and splurged on a lot of high-end items for her kids. They made great hand-me-downs.

califblondy said...

Hell ya. It's her first kid, let her have fun.

I had teeny tiny Lacoste onesies for my son when that alligator logo was all the rage.

Now I buy little Juicy Couture and even Michael Kors' for the little ones. Most of the time though I find stuff at Marshall's for a fraction of the price.

Turkish Taffy said...

@ Merlin D. bear:

I don't think people care about designer labels, but yes, mothers DO note the quality of the other kids' clothes. In my case, I loved to show off handmade gifts and imports bought by travelers in the family.

babo said...

I could be tempted by an AC DC onesie
http://www.kiditude.com/catalog/acdc-24-1.html
But just one, and I would see it as a treat for MYSELF (for the sake of a cute picture), not for my baby (who will not give a damn).

If I can get it 2nd hand or a giveaway, why not ? if the quality is there (and not only the logo)

ljsmed said...

@KLM, I hear you! My MIL can't have anything but the best for her only grandchild, she is the biggest girly-girl that I have ever met. My husband is an only child so she may be having only one more. It's so cute because I can tell she always wanted a little girl to dress up, and she does it well. Although, we could certainly spend the money on other things...

KLM said...

@ljsmed - my daughter is the last grandchild, period, so I think she is doomed to be spoiled as she grows up! My mom has always bought her grandsons nice clothing (we just stick to Gap / Gymboree / Janie and Jack and she gets them Charlie Rocket or other higher-end clothes), but she is off the reservation with my daughter! It's really funny!

SeattleMarge said...

I was dressed in designer clothes when I was a baby/toddler. Didn't do a thing for my self-esteem or anything else. It just made my mom feel better about herself (temporarily. like a band-aid) Dumb.

g.strathmore said...

That baby is going to outgrow its clothes in about 2 months.

KZoeT said...

I bought an expensive (for me) sweater for my son's 1st Christmas. Less than 30 seconds at my in-law's house, my MIL kissed him and got lipstick a lipstick stain on the collar. Didn't come out. $100 blown.

Julie said...

could have been a baby shower gift, you never know

Momster said...

Saw this baby clothing at Etsy the other day, and my inner geek about orgasmed:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/105078637/r2d2-toddler-costume-star-wars-baby?ref=v1_other_2

I'm awful tempted to buy for a cousin about to have a baby, but it's $48 bucks!

Jamie 2 said...

I'm pretty sure that if what's-her-name tweeted that the outfit was Burberry, she got the outfit free. So, she gets a pass.

The ones who don't get a pass are the idiots who see the photo and feel "peer pressure" (self-induced) to buy anything with a designer label for a baby. This applies to prams, strollers, toys, and cribs as well as clothes.

Your baby has no idea you're spending that kind of money. Your baby will be far more impressed if he's cleaned and fed and feels safe and loved.

If you have money to blow, invest it in something your child will value all his life - if you can't do it yourself, hire nannies who teach him at least three different languages before he's four.

Leviathan's Phone said...

No matter how much money I had, I wouldn't buy designer clothes for anybody, ever. Obscenely overpriced! I once thrilled my wife to death with 5 used purses I bought through eBay for less than $12.00 total, including shipping. Spend, maybe, a hundred bucks on a really fancy outfit, and give the rest to a food bank or homeless shelter.

Layna Day said...

You can buy designer stuff that's just a season off from discount department stores and websites like Hautelook, where the prices aren't much different than shopping at Target and Walmart.

I think people assume that if you buy something designer, you wouldn't go to the thrift store. That's true in some cases, but many do both. It's interesting to do the high-low thing.

CJ said...

Baby is super cute. As a mom of a 4 yr old and an 18 month old, believe me, name brand stuff generally isn't worth it. That baby would look just as sweet in a onesie and tuque that didn't have Burberry plaid.

OMAMA is BROKO said...

hell no.

kids puke, poop and pee on Everything.

Me said...

them horomones make you do crazy things, so who knows. i had a bunch of (all white) baby dior, which was pretty silly. burberry is so expensive i dislike it on principle.

Sarah said...

A baby that age will fit that outfit about another week. He would look just as cute in a onesy from a yard sale.

LetLoveRule said...

I brought my first daughter home in a Dior gown (and had her newborn pics shot in it) saved it, and used it for my third.

But my kids have worn nice hand-me-downs, stuff from Target, homemade items from Grandma, basically what ever I like.

LetLoveRule said...

Oh, and I've kept that dressing gown (along with a few other things) to pass on to my future grandchildren.

LetLoveRule said...

Sorry to go on and on, just wanted to say that I've found great deals at consignment shops as well, although in this age of bedbug epidemics I'm taking a break from that. *Shudder*

Christina said...

@Momster,
That's too cute. I'm addicted to etsy, it's my crack.

Anotheramy said...

If I had the money my daughter would be dressed in the best, and since Im cheap, she would also wear used stuff. Old habits die hard.

shopgirl said...

If I had the money (lots and lots and lots of money) of course I'd get the best. But I wouldn't announce it to the world. That's just tacky!

katsm0711 said...

Whenever I see (pics of) a baby in a designer outfit I want to scream WHERE'S THE BIB???? I always imagine the baby needing a wardrobe change the second after the pic was taken. I guess I might buy something if it's on sale for close to what I normally spend, must be very cute and unique, and baby must be going somewhere special. With a matching bib!!!

old ;ady said...

I have found the nicest resale shops and Izzy gets 90% of her clothes from there. Kids grow so fast. I have found designer things and only paid 2-$4. for them. As long as they are well made and clean its resale. I buy my clothes from resale. I like getting bags full of clothes for under $100. that would have cost me around a $1000. in a store. She had a pair of $200. shoes at 1 year old that I paid $1.50 for and she wore them for about 6 months (they were big).

doctressjulia said...

Nope. Thrift shop acquired old T shirts, every fracking day. I'd save the one with the sparkly Boba Fett iron-on for special occasions.

Ashlea said...

No. I have friends and family who have bought my 7 week old a few cute designer things but kids grow soooo fast! Some of the outfits she didn't even get to wear! Its just not worth it.

Cee Kay said...

I doubt I'd even buy designer clothes for myself! I think it's silly. Nothing really justifies the price; a dress is a dress is a dress.

auntliddy said...

Lololololol

auntliddy said...

She prob got clothes fir free fir a plug. Does she need free clothes? I doubt it. Anyway, that baby us aforabke and wkd look great in a paper bag!

auntliddy said...

Adorable

Treesap-Covered Lady, the Humanist said...

In Virginia we have a baby/children chain who sell gently used clothing and equipment where I buy 95% of my purchases for my nephew from. He turned a month yesterday, and already can't wear things I'd bought for him (he was 8 lbs. 13 oz. at birth which is part of the reason he can't fit into things that are tiny NB size.) Luckily I come from a really practical family who don't have a problem buying resale given the short period in which babies and children can actually wear them.

If I had a ton of money, I might splurge for special occasions, but for the most part? Eh.

lc said...

Maybe a cute dress or jacket but definitly not the onesie she has on him. Babies grow out of thing so freakin fast that it's just money wasted. And all the spit up, food, formula, poop, pee stains. Definitly not worth the money.

Layna Day said...

@ ol ;ady: I wish my area had more to offer in terms of thrift stores and resale shops. Not I could wear any of it, but it would be nice just the same. Maybe I could find some accessories.

car54 said...

I was a middle grandchild and had hand-me-downs from my older cousin who was the first and people spent tons of money on her --she had so many clothes she never wore anything out so they were always perfect when they came to me. At the time I don't really think I knew the difference.

Even when money is tight the one thing people continue to spend on is their kids--it's human nature to want your child to have the cutest and the best. It's kind of wasteful but look at it as helping the economy--someone had to make those expensive little outfits, people have jobs in stores selling them....the baby will never know he had Burberry or a Carter's onsie.

tracynator said...

@Jane u read my mind ;)

FlirtyChick74 said...

First of all, the baby is a cutie. Kissable face.

Second of all, I might buy designer clothes for my kids if I had the money.

Third of all, if I'm going to buy designer clothes for my kids, they better look damn good and look like money was spent. This outfit doesn't look good.

winnyfranfran said...

That baby is adorable, but no, I would not buy designer clothes for a baby.

MadLyb said...

Naw. It seems silly to put a baby in designer clothes, especially when so many kids in this country are going hungry. All they care about is comfort, and they spit up and poop on everything, anyway. At least my daughter did. That's just me, though. To each his/her own.

Sarah said...

Only the designer clothes I would buy from TJ Maxx or Marshalls!

Jewels said...

I have literally gone through 3 months, 6 months, & 9 months for our five month old in the last 4 weeks. Two weeks into 9-12 months now, and sleepers are getting pretty snug in the toes. Yeah, no. No designer clothes for my (BIG) Peanut who would barely fit in it for two, three weeks tops. I shop the clearance racks at Baby GAP, Old Navy, Winners, and even Walmart (sleepers for $3? Why yes, thank you very much!)

Selock said...

I would, and have been known to splurge on the rare item...(VERY rare when my daughter was an infant) - but not for everything across the board.

I let myself have those little precious bonuses as a reward for being generally frugal.

P.S. Somewhat relevant - nothing Juicy Couture will ever touch my child's skin as long as I have something to say about it. Ew, tacky.

Susan said...

Jewels - My former baby grew like that, too. He's been in 2-T now all summer and still will be for the fall. I remember last summer freaking out because it was like July and there was no way in hell he was going to fit in the size I had, so I had to haul ass to Carters to buy like every single thing in the next size on clearance.

All this baby talk is making me want another one, (says a delirious working mother who is FINALLY sitting down to eat dinner and have a glass of wine at 11 p.m.)

In response to whoever asked about judgy moms re: designer duds. I find that the moms I hang with are probably more concerned with behavior rather than what the kid is wearing. But, maybe I'm naive. I feel like most of the judginess I experience is from my on doing, not others. We judge ourselves the most.

At the end of the day, my 2-year-old really just cares if he is getting some lovin', some laughs and a whole lotta food. Seriously, my grocery bill is going to be insane when this kid is a teenager.

PugsterMom said...

That baby is totally adorbs. If she has the $ and wants to spend it on designer duds, so what? My daughter was a Target baby. It seemed like she outgrew her clothes every 5 days...

Tuxedo Cat said...

I found that the baby clothes I used the most were a the stretchiest, softest, in colours that suited the babies best.

I recall buying a 60 dollar (several yrs ago) FUBU sweatshirt for the last one, because it looked so cool. Babies grow so fast, that he was never able to wear it, bc he was the wrong size in the Fall/Winter when it could be worn.

Also, I just wanted them to be comfortable and safe. Buttons and toggles are a bad idea for babies and even toddlers. Velcro and fabric ties are way safer closures...When they are teething some of them chew the top part of their clothing and if there are buttons there they can get them in their mouths and choke on them...