They’re front row at Fashion Week and see the new trends first, but how do magazine editors' children dress? Kidswear editor Charlotte Duck talked to Jo Elvin, Sarah Bailey and Jade Beer to find out
“It’s interesting being the mother of two boys because people always say my style is so feminine; but I really enjoy dressing them. I love graphics, prints and textiles so the boys often wear patterns – but in a boyish way.
“Harry’s really into sportswear – he likes relaxed track pants, and, for Harry and me, a very good day out is buying trainers. I prefer them in skinny jeans and corduroys and, try as I might, I can’t get him into sandals. Sometimes I fantasise about them wearing a traditional cardigan but if they can express themselves through their style, I think that’s wonderful and empowering and creative.”
“Laila’s style is quite grown-up. I might want to put her in leggings and a T-shirt but she’ll pull something out of the wardrobe that’s much dressier than something you’d wear to the park. My favourite of her outfits, which she doesn’t wear that much, is a black dress that’s nipped in at the waist and has a really subtle sparkle.
“Laila won’t ever wear things that match and she likes putting different colours together – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It is frustrating if you see she’s chosen something that just doesn’t look good. There’s a moment when you think: ‘Shall I step in?’ – but when else are they going to be able to put on whatever they want. You can’t destroy that.”
“We don’t have the same taste; Evie hates my clothes. She looks gorgeous in feminine dresses but isn’t interested in wearing them, and I like colour more than she does. My favourite of her looks is a little tartan skater skirt which she wears with a T-shirt with a picture of my friend’s dog. Punk but cute. Evie definitely prefers comfort over being fussily dressed. She likes a cool slogan T-shirt with leggings or a flippy skirt.
“My mother and I used to have terrible fights about clothing so unless Evie looks really inappropriate – which she never does – I let her do what she wants. It’s a rite of passage to look back on your photos and have a laugh and say, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’ Evie’s not there yet.”
Photographer: Alex Bramhall / Stylist: Sorrel Kinder / Hair stylist: Christos Kallaniotis / Make-up artist: Terry Barber