Childrenswear is VAT-free and cheaper but still trend-focused and stylish, so our mini-models Nick (5'7") and Zena (5'1") tried some kids’ ranges on for size. We found that it’s possible to find a deal if you’re diminuitive.
Scroll over the images below to find out more about each outfit...
'A playsuit (essentially a glorified romper) isn’t the first thing I’d pick out for myself – being petite, I’m wary of wearing anything an eight-year-old might also appreciate. But this Chloé number is chic and grown-up, and would look great on a leggy blonde. And I’m totally in love with the tiger-print shirt.'
Total cost: £154.99
Total cost of adult equivalent: £1,012.99
'The advantages of being short are few, so you’ve got to embrace the occasional small victory when it comes your way. This outfit had me jumping for me joy (though not very high, obviously).'
Total cost: £39.97
Total cost of adult equivalent: £79.93
Saving: £39.96 Zena
'I didn’t think I’d get into these age 13 polka dot jeans – but they’re actually a good fit. Better still, the beautiful Burberry jacket (age 12) is well cut, well made and well cheap.'
Total cost: £264.95
Total cost of adult equivalent: £1,139.95
'For a moment there it looked like I’d need to zip up my trousers with a coat hanger, ’70s-girl style, but by the time my circulation returned a few minutes later I was sold. No, really, where can I buy this pea coat?'
Total cost: £540
Total cost of adult equivalent: £1,299
Saving: £759 Zena
'Too big! Astonishingly, I mean the graceful Marni dress, not me.'
Total cost: £239.95
Total cost of adult equivalent: £972.95
'Hot style tip for autumn: if you’ve got red children’s trousers on, just go all the way and add a floral-print shirt and pink bow tie. That way, passing teenagers won’t be confused about where to throw their slushies.'
Total cost: £227
Total cost of adult equivalent: £350
All images © Ed Marshall
Where to head for diminutive threads...
Be warned: after a visit to London's finest shops for children's clothes, your little ones may be better dressed than you. Explore the shops in our selection to find recognisable kids' brands such as Start-rite and Petit Bateau, plus miniature versions of grown-up looks from the likes of Dr Martens. It's never too early to be fashion-forward, after all.
281 Portobello Road Arcade
Find new and established designers here, showcased minutes away from the rowdy markets of Portobello Road. Loved by the likes of Rihanna and The Weeknd, London's Trapstar offers bold, graphic prints on hoodies and trackie bottoms, as well as badass bombers and leather jackets. Pop to What Katie Did to get something sexy to go under your threads with their range of delicate, faux-vintage lingerie. Top it all off with lifestyle accessories from Danaqa, which sources its jewellery, bags, scarves and more from lady-led businesses in developing countries.
Venue says: “A unique shopping destination on London's famous Portobello Road. Independent boutiques, fashion, jewellry, art, and so much more.”