Does your child have a wardrobe to rival that of Suri Cruise? Do you have any idea how many items of clothing your children have? Twenty? Thirty? Well according to a new survey, the average child has in excess of 154 items of clothes in their wardrobe, with a value of £1,677.
And, in a move that could well be down to the 'Suri Effect', four out of 10 children are now dressed in designer clothes by the age of two!
Research undertaken by Sheila's Wheels revealed that British mums and dads pay out an average £764 a year to keep their kids in trendy togs, whilst 6% spend a whopping £1500! The average childs' shoe bill alone comes to £190 a year. Remember when you had winter shoes and summer sandals, and that was it?
A third of the parents polled said their offspring turned their nose up at hand-me-down items, and more than a quarter of parents admitted they feel guilty if they do not splash out on the latest trends.
Jacky Brown, spokesperson for Sheilas' Wheels home insurance said: 'It used to be kids who followed in their parents' footsteps but now it seems children are leading the way when it comes to keeping up with expensive fashion trends.'
HOW ridiculous? What value would you put on your kids' wardrobes?
Do you rely on bargains and hand-me-downs, or do you splash the cash when it comes to your children's togs?
- Party girl
Suri’s found a pair of real <a href="http://www.parentdish.co.uk/2011/04/06/suri-cruise-birthday-13-000-circus-party/" target="_blank">party</a> shoes in these fancy gold T-bar sandals, and, never one to not get value from her wardrobe, these made quite a few appearances before, naturally, Suri out grew them.</p>
- Out with the old, and in with the new
Ditching gold for silver, Suri squeezes her feet into another pair of heels for a day out. Looks like mum took the easy option of comfy flats for the pair’s walkabout though.</p>
- Heels on the beach
The little lady recently hit the <a href="http://www.parentdish.co.uk/2011/05/31/suri-cruise-steps-out-in-heels-on-the-beach/" target="_blank">beach </a>for a day with her mum, but forgot her flip flops! Instead she tackled the sand in these, gorgeous, but completely impractical, gold heels, complete with party dress, of course.</p>
- Suri in slippers
Ditching the heels, if only for one night only, Suri looks ready for bed in these fantastic pig slippers. Great to see her wearing something fun rather than so grown up. Didn’t fancy joining her, Katie?</p>
- Flower power
Never one to be a wall erm, flower, Suri turned heads when she stepped out a pair of floral slip-on heels, colour clashing brilliantly with a pink heart print dress and stylish mac.</p>
- Not a good look
Not as bad as socks and sandals, but these thick socks and dainty pumps don’t quite work, especially on such tiny tootsies. Lost your fashionista style already, Suri?</p>
- Comfort at last
Hurrah! Suri’s discovered comfort. Here she is, finally, in flat, comfy boots. Clearly she doesn’t want to get those booties dirty though, opting for a carry instead…</p>
- Ballerina beauty
Off to dance class? Nope, just a fancy tutu and ballet pump combo to battle the New York rain. Hey, at least she’s got a brolly, right?</p>
- Grrrrrrrreat choice!
Loving the leopard print on this pair, and there’s not a heel in sight!</p>
- Dad, I need you!
Looks like the stacked heels got a little too much for sleepy Suri. Luckily Tom’s on hand to scoop her, and her heels up for a carry.</p>