A common complaint shared by all mums of boys, focusses on the lack of fashion choices available to their sons. (Compared to that which is available for girls.)
A stroll through any department store's children's section reveals just how stark this contrast can be. For girls, there are typically two-to-three times more fashion and accessory items on offer than the boys' department, and all of it is gloriously different and up to the minute - so unlike the boys wear section.
For parents of boys, shopping for clothing and accessories can be a thoroughly bland experience. Choosing between the scruffy graffiti tees, ghastly colour combos and sea of black, navy and khaki can really become tiring.
There's little available these days, that's plain, traditional and quality-made for young males. It's a bit of sad point for us boy mums, who want our little men to look like proper little men!
If you're after something specific to make your son stand-out on the fashion-front everyday, or something elegant to make him look different or dressy for a special occasion, it can be a really hard task to find exactly what you need.
We've been introduced to a gorgeous way to get around the noticeable lack of offerings for our boys.
Buckle 1922 are an Australian owned and run business that have been producing hand-crafted quality men's accessories here in Australia since 1922. More recently, Buckle 1922 have branched out into beautiful attire for boys in the 3-10 year age group. It's called Buckle Jr. 1922, and it's really special stuff for those of us who struggle to find elegant children's wear.
|Bow Tie Tartan Jr. Brown|
We were sent some adorable items to dress-up our boys' outfits in the form of traditional bow ties and braces.
Now I have to admit that initially I was unsure how these items would go down with my 7 and 9 year olds sons. I needn't have been concerned though, as these accessories have been a MAJOR hit! (Thanks to the BBC's Doctor Who!)
The Buckle Jr. 1922 quality is stand-out and so is the beauty and individualism that these little items have given to my boys' outfits on a daily basis.
Each bow tie arrives with a matching handkerchief for decorating the top pocket of any shirt whether it's dressy or plain. The bow ties adjust easily and fasten via a simple clip. All children's bow ties are priced at $24 each and they are just so adorable on!
|The Polka Jr. Bow Tie, Sky|
Buckle Jr's braces are actually made to order right here in Australia using quality elastic and fittings sourced from Belgium. On the back of each box is the maker's own name and you can visit their website to learn more about the individual who produced your very own item. A lovely personal touch.
My youngest son adores his braces so much that he has actually asked if he can sleep in them! He tells me they are really comfortable. (I think they would have to be for that level of commitment.)
There are 17 colours (colours!) available in the Buckle Jr 1922 braces range for juniors. Braces are a hot item at the moment and they are so practical for boys too. All Buckle Jr's braces are priced at $29 and they're ideal for making your son look like a little gentleman. I absolutely love the look of these on my boys!
There are many other hand-crafted accessories available on the Buckle 1922 website like belts, wallets and cufflinks. These items are great quality and well-priced and make the business of dressing our boys, on-par with the girls for a refreshing change.
WIN one of two Bow Ties by Buckle Jr. 1922 valued at $24 each.
Two winners can choose their preferred designs.
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