Reviewed by Libby H – Frugi Crusader
Very initial impressions:
My Frugi package arrived yesterday evening & I was very excited by it! When I ripped it open, I was really interested to see the clothes inside. They seemed a very clever choice for me – things that I wouldn’t have ordered myself, but ones that I was very curious to test drive. I adore dungarees on babies, and had reluctantly left the Frugi ones this season as I’m not terribly fond of denim on small babies, and because I wasn’t sure I liked the design. But as they (and the matching stripy top) had literally landed in my lap, I was really pleased with the chance to try them out properly.
Slightly more detailed initial impressions:
After the kids had gone to bed, I had a chance to open the packages and have a closer look. I liked what I saw of the dungarees – fully lined so very soft all over, and nicely adjustable as E grows, with 3 different buttons at the top, and the stripy turn ups at the bottom.
E’s top and dungarees went on fine, although having to undo/do up the side buttons to get him in was a bit of a pain – I’m used to poppers on baby dungarees. E is 6 1/2 months old, but pretty big with it – he’s in 9-12 month clothes already and I’ve bought most of his winter gear in 12-18 months as I want to get more than a couple of months wear out of it. So I was quite surprised when the top and dungarees in 6-12 months came up so big on him. The shoulder straps are done up on the tightest button, and I can just about get a turn up on the legs – so the length is about what I’d expect – but they seem so wide. I’m fully prepared to accept that Frugi bottoms will always look big on my kids as we don’t use clothies (gasp) but they really do seem big all over – the shoulders of the top come out quite wide (although strangely the sleeves aren’t too long) and the overall effect is pretty bulky.
Because the dungarees are lined in the stripy fabric all the way through, there are bits of it visible down the sides. I’ve got to say that with the stripy top as well, I found it a little bit much – I might try them with a different top next time. E does seem very comfortable in the outfit – doing lots of his lunging/sitting/diving/rolling/wriggling. And I’m impressed with the poppers on the legs – in some clothes they make the fabric really gape, but these are done so well that I wasn’t sure there were poppers there until I checked – and they don’t affect the turn up on the bottom at all.
A good all purpose outfit though – he could wear it for most non-formal occasions and in most weathers – I could put a short sleeved t-shirt under the dungarees if it’s hot, or a jumper if it’s cold. And I should think the top will get some use separately as well.
So the jury is definitely still out on the outfit at the moment. I really wanted to LOVE it, and I don’t yet, but I’m not ruling it out as I use them.