My love affair with Scandinavian style goes beyond just home decor. When we roadtripped through Denmark, Sweden, and Norway back in the summer of 2014, I fell hard for all things Nordic. The stunning scenery, beautifully designed interiors, warm and happy people, and their deep respect of the environment which can be seen in practically every facet of their life. I also fell in love with their sense of style, both in how they dressed themselves and how they dressed their children. Their laid-back yet sophisticated approach to fashion, adding playful elements while still remaining minimalist, is something I love and am finding myself incorporating more and more into my family’s wardrobe.
What is Scandinavian children’s fashion? The first thing that comes to mind is whimsical and graphic patterns. The colours are either very bright or monochromatic black and white, but never without a fun print that your kids are sure to love. Nordic children’s fashion is also made of high-quality fabrics. Scandinavians are renowned for their respect for nature and their high standards for quality. The same can be found in their clothing. Sustainable fashion using natural, oftentimes organic materials – creating pieces that can be passed down from sibling to sibling or even generation to generation. The best part in my books? Scandinavian kids clothing is almost universally gender neutral (both in colour and in their prints), so I truly do get a lot of wear out of these pieces.
My favourite shop for Scandinavian and Scandinavian-inspired European kids clothing (this style is prevalent across Germany as well as many other northern European countries) is Modern Rascals. All of the clothes that Isabelle and Nicolas are wearing above are from this amazing small shop. Jana, the owner, imports some of my favourite European children’s brands, including Maxomorra (from Sweden), KuKuKid (from Poland), and Smafolk (from Denmark). She also stocks pieces from Whistle and Flute, an amazing Canadian kids brand. All of the clothes in her shop are organic and from ethical companies that practice sustainable fashion.
Here are some of my favourite pieces from her current collection:
Smafolk swimsuit | Whistle and Flute raindrop leggings | KuKuKid shorts | Whistle and Flute cloud baseball tee | Whistle and Flute panda romper | Little Green Radicals romper | KuKuKid dino hoodie | KuKuKid rollerskates dress | KuKuKid baggy pants |Whistle and Flute panda baseball tee | Smafolk swim trunks | Whistle and Flute cloud romper
These photos were taken on Mother’s Day when we spent the morning at the waterfront (aka our old stomping grounds). The weather was beautiful, the kids were happy, and, to top it off, my sister came for a surprise visit! It was a good day.