Dressed to thrill

Boys' roll sleeve shirtAfter the fun of dressing two little girls, I was pleasantly surprised to find that outfitting my baby boy was pretty darn fun too. So much for the myth that little boy clothes aren’t nearly as cute as little girl clothes.

I do struggle in one area though: dressing up. Formal clothing for boys is a real mixed bag, and most of the button-down shirts I’ve found are downright boring.

The handsome, modern button-down shirts for boys from Black Kite are my idea of the perfect dress up get-up for boys. Owner/designer Lindsay Mangat selects prints that have great visual interest without overwhelming little dudes’ dashing good looks, and the material is crisp yet soft– no wriggling like a maniac and whining complaints about itchy, fancy shirts. (Moms of boys, you know what I’m talking about.) Plus, the details and craftsmanship are impeccable– even if the photos on the site could use a little work.

Now, these shirts aren’t cheap, so I wouldn’t put one on my boy and send him off to play in the creek. But for a summer wedding, a portrait session, or even a special trip to visit grandparents, one of these gorgeous shirts would be just the ticket. -Julie

Check out the modern button-down shirts for boys at Black Kite


Julie Marsh is a mom of three, a project manager by trade, and a triathlete for fun. She could also use a nap.


  • Reply June 11, 2011


    Excellent – my younger son just picked one out for my brother’s rehearsal dinner. Wish they came in bigger sizes so my older son could enjoy, too!

  • Reply June 13, 2011


    For the price, I think the Chaps button-down shirts (available at Kohl’s and other places) can’t be beat. They’re made in the same wrinkle-resistant fabric as the men’s and they are really adorable. On sale for $12.99 or less! They are in infant, toddler, and boy sizes.

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