What style tribe is your kid?

Prince George: style icon
Prince George: style icon

Five years experience in fashion, great contacts and a knack for turning a woolen tank-top and pair of T-bar shoes into an overnight sell-out. No, it’s not the resume of a style school graduate or blog page of an esteemed fashionista, we’re talking about 5-year-old Prince George.

When it comes to sartorial stardom, the Key Stage One King-in-waiting has only just got his school peg, but his fashion influence around the world is already ludicrously huge, estimated to be worth around the £2 billion mark.

So it is perhaps of little surprise that he has made it on to Tatler’s Best Dressed list for 2018, cementing his status as a star player in the fashion firmament despite his tender age.

The reality is that the Duchess of Cambridge merely needs to glance at a Breton stripe or monogramed gillet for the little royal’s wardrobe and it breaks the internet, with copycat items selling out in nanoseconds.

As Editor in Chief of parenting magazine Smallish, a fashion journalist and mum of two young boys myself, I know only too well that once you hit those school gates with the kids - the age at which peer influence and retail choice suddenly opens up a whole new world fashion world - the playground parts into distinct fashion tribes. You think you will resist it, you’re adamant you’ll be different, a paragon of laissez-faire thinking, but believe me, sooner or later we all fall into one camp.

Here is my guide to naming and claiming your own fashion tribe. The only question is which will you be subscribing to?…

1. The Gender Neutral Gang

The singer Pink has said previously that she is raising her daughter, Willow, as gender neutral Credit: WireImage

Look: Never knowingly seen in a shade of blue or pink. Unless it’s ironic of course.

How to spot them: Where have you been? Come on, even John Lewis’s kidswear department has gone gender neutral. This fervent fashion pack adores the likes of Mini Rodini, Tobias & the Bear, Turtledove London and Tootsa MacGinty to name but a few. Because you can’t have too many monochrome badgers on your leggings. Fact. Spotted regularly at essential non gender-specific activities such as brain-training classes and kiddie yoga.

2. Free Range Funsters

Free range funsters: Dressed for every eventuality Credit: Getty 

Look: Camo accents de-rigeur, as are organic linen shirts, and (always clean) Hunter wellies

How to spot them: The ones never available for playdates because mummy/daddy/nanny has booked a yurt at every organic festival within a 300 mile radius throughout the year. Not for them cramming classes after school – though they're normally able to spell ‘sustainable’ by the age of three. Typically found foraging and whooping loudly in the school field/the park/the organic farm shop. Think H&M and Little Creative Factory vibe here.

Favourite family Sunday outings include Daylesford Farm and any National Trust site. Rain never stops play.

3. The Cool Kids

The Beckham clan get dressed up for the catwalk Credit: Getty 

Look: These kids don’t do matchy-matchy. it’s all about living their style-life in the loud lane.

How to spot them: Mixing up those busy prints like pros, think quirky Stella McCartney capes teamed with Bobo Choses dungarees and a splash of Wolf & Rita or Zara Kids. This fashion set is all about self-expression, these kids like to make a statement. Often heard saying things like, 'what do you mean it is just a trip to Sainsburys?!'

You won’t find them at the local soft play, but you will find them at Grayson Perry’s latest exhibition, hand in hand with their hipster parents and a mini turmeric babyccino.

4. The Preppy Set

Prince George and Princess Charlotte: style icons at such tender ages

Look:Trend-setting mini royals, George, Charlotte and Louis are all high-achieving style icons of this look.

How to spot them: Who doesn’t love a timeless Peter Pan collar with a touch of tartan or plaid? Every day looks like a special occasion or an outtake from The Railway Children, and what’s not to like about that. To get the look, channel key seasonal pieces from Caramel, Pepa & Co, Cath Kidston, Rachel Riley and J Crew, a modern vintage vibe is what it’s all about. Frequently found at Polo matches tumbling down hills (carefully), the preppy child is infinitely popular on Instagram.