This post is sponsored by Nike
When my boys were little, I loved dressing them as sweetly as possible. Fisherman sweaters with those adorable elbow patches, mini flannel shirts, corduroy pants and lace-up leather shoes.
Then they got older and all those sweaters were replaced with hoodies, pants were traded in for year-round basketball shorts and running shoes were much preferred to leather lace-ups.
At first it bothered me. What happened to my preppy boys?!
But babies grow up and don’t let their mama dress them anymore and that’s okay. They still look very cute in their sporty outfits.
I embrace their love of comfortable, movable, sporty clothes for their day to day – mostly sticking to solid colors and graphic-free items – and keep a few nicer things in their closets for times when athletic clothes are not appropriate (like the Nutcracker ballet, for example. How handsome do they all look in their fancy suits and bowties?!)
My oldest son, who is in eighth grade, has nearly grown out of the basketball-shorts-everyday look, but the two younger boys (ages 12 and 10) still very much prefer athletic wear.
When Nike reached out to me to work together on a blog post, I couldn’t resist. My two younger boys basically wear Nike everyday so it felt like a natural fit.
And then when I told the boys I needed to take pictures of them in a few new Nike faves, they felt absolutely famous. They even told their friends at school that they were ‘modeling for Nike’. I mean, I guess you could kind of say that’s true :)
I’m all about being budget-conscious when I buy clothes for the kids, but I also really believe in buying quality pieces that will hold up against the constant use, hard wear, and regular washing. My boys are HARD on their clothes so anytime I find things that don’t snag, pill or wear out, I’m a happy mama. And I just love when I can pass things down from boy to boy.
The Nike swoosh is cool and all, but the quality is what makes me a fan.
On the boys’ Christmas lists – among the legos and remote control cars, books and airsoft stuff – are jogger pants, athletic tights, hooded sweatshirts and athletic shirts. We’ve checked off a few of those wishes and I can’t wait to watch the boys open their presents on Christmas morning.
If you have boys to buy for who are about my kids’ ages (and you want to go for something slightly more practical than another lego set) here are our top picks from Nike:
Thanks, Nike, for making great clothes. And also for letting my boys feel famous for a minute :)