Back in my gothy days, I foolishly stated that my future children would wear black. Haha, of course, I did! Silly, I know. But I think we all go through thoughts of such folly at one point or another during our lives. I'm a huge fan of stripes, on leggings in particular. And not just your basic 2-color palette, either. Color is one of the basic concepts in dressing children to look like children.
I discovered color during my 3 years as Store Manager at Oilily, and learned how beautifully incongruent tones can work together, complementing what would otherwise be a rather ordinary outfit. While multi-color stripes can be paired with certain floral patterns (be careful with that - I'll address it in a future post), they can also liven up something bland or ordinary, and can help pull together a random piece you have in the closet that seemingly has nothing to go with it.
I can never have too many pairs of striped leggings for my daughter. Under dresses, under skirts, with a tunic top, they are versatile, fun, and practical. Denim tends to really pop when paired with colorful stripes, as in the photo below from Christmas (also paired with floral, btw).
I see striped leggings often in stores, but for some reason, some just don't jump out at me, don't appeal to me. You have to keep your eyes open for them. The ones below are from Crazy 8 (the lower-priced little sister to Gymboree), Target, and Old Navy. I'm pretty sure I never paid more than $6 or $7 for any of them. And they're well-worn, as you can see, but they never lose their appeal. I worry about the day when she outgrows a pair or rips out the knee during recess, and am always on the lookout for backups when I'm out and about.