Sometimes a brand just stands out. Blade & Rose has been on my radar since I saw the brightly-adorned butt of a friend’s toddler a couple of years ago. It’s likely that you too have admired the funky rump of a little one donning a pair of their iconic leggings with their trademark quirky patterns. These guys have been making fun and colourful kids’ apparel since 2010. You can imagine my excitement when I was offered the chance to review some of their AW2017 collection for the girls.

Blade & Rose collection
I mean, seriously! ???? (Photo credit:
We were sent three gorgeous pieces from their AW2017 collection to try out; a Stripes & Blue Heart top and Scottie Dog leggings for the two-year-old and Allover Spot leggings for the four-year-old.
Blade & Rose Scottie Dog Leggings
Stripes & Blue Heart top with Scottie Dog leggings

Here’s what we loved about Blade & Rose

The Back Story

I love a good back story when it comes to businesses. I love to read about how brands were born and I love it even more when it’s as simple as a clever, entrepreneurial mum with a ‘eureka’ moment on maternity leave. Designer Amanda found herself constantly pulling down her baby daughter’s dresses over her leggings and tights until she decided to embrace the beautiful bottom sticking out. Genius!
I see you Baby, shakin’ that…

The Product Range

As well as leggings and tops, their ever-expanding product range includes children’s hats, tops, socks, bibs, hoodies, soft toys and new for 2017; sock shoes and wellington boots. What’s most impressive is the styling feature on the site. Choose a piece and you’ll be presented with an array of matching items. A built in personal stylist for the tired parent! Winning! I want it. All of it. Everything.
Blade & Rose Older Girls
The Older Girls’ range goes up as far as 7-8.

The Design 

Firstly, leggings for boys? Yes, please! Jeans and stiff clothing on babies and young kids has never made sense to me. My girls wear leggings a lot. In fact they wear them more than anything else. Boys have fewer options. We truly need more boys’ leggings in the world! I wish I had discovered Blade & Rose when my son was a baby.

Thought has gone into the Blade & Rose patterns and palettes and each and every piece will make you smile. I love the array of bright colours in the range. We try to stay away from too much pink for the girls and there are no shortage of options in the AW collection. In fact, many of their pieces are gender-neutral.

Blade & Rose Allover Spot leggings
We really liked the ruching on the end of the Allover Spot leggings.

The Fabric 

The leggings are oh-so-soft and much warmer and cozier than I expected – perfect for our Irish weather and for covering little legs in slings too! They have a thick, comfortable waistband and enough elasticity throughout to allow toddlers and little ones the freedom to run, play, climb where the shouldn’t and cause general destruction.

I’ve had leggings with similar fabric in the past which tended to slip down and cause much frustration to both the young wearer and the adult puller-upper. These don’t slip. Hurrah.

The Stripes & Blue Heart top is 95% cotton and 5% elastane; perfectly soft with just enough stretch. All items washed well at 40 degrees, nothing lost its shape and not a bobble in site. Top marks.

Blade & Rose leggings

The Price Point

Now that my kids are older and their growth rate has slowed down, I’m happy to spend more on a lower volume of high-quality clothing that will last and wash well. The Stripes and Blue Heart top retails at £13.95 (approx. €15) and the Scottie Dog leggings at £10 (approx. €11). The Allover Spot leggings from the Older Girls’ range cost £10.95 (approx. €12). Considering the durability and the quality of the items, I think that represents excellent value for money.
Blade & Rose pricing

You can buy directly from Shipping within UK costs £2.95 and is free for orders £30 or more. International shipping costs £12 and is free for orders £70 or more. Irish stockists include,, and

I write honest reviews. I tend to not mince my words. If there’s something I don’t like about a product, I’m happy to say it. That’s what reviews are about, right? I’d like to apologise for the lack of balance and the completely one-sided nature of this review. We didn’t like our Blade & Rose gear. We LOVED it.
Are you a Blade & Rose fan? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Disclosure: I wasn’t paid to write this post but I was provided with a Stripes & Blue Heart top, Scottie Dog leggings and Allover Spot leggings for the purpose of writing an honest review. Read more about how I collaborate with brands and declare those collaborations on my disclosure page.

 UK kids' clothing brand, Blade & Rose, AW2017 collection. Find out what we thought of some of the pieces we tried in our review here.


    • Sinéad Reply

      Me too, Carol! And Blade and Rose are her kids’ middle names! Love it!

    • Sinéad Reply

      I hadn’t even realised that they did an older girls’ range up until age 8!

  1. Another excellent & honest review from Shinners and the Brood! Thank you also for mentioning as a stockist, much appreciated!! xXx

    • Sinéad Reply

      My pleasure! Hurrah for two super businesses run by driven, hard-working mums!

  2. I absolutely love Blade & Rose leggings, they really are the most adorable outfits ever!! Such a great story of how they came about, and I love that aren’t just for babies too, I would love some of these for my children!

    • Sinéad Reply

      Coming into the winter I’m going to pick up a few more pieces. Have you seen the hats? So cute!

    • Sinéad Reply

      It’s lucky our kiddies are equally cute, eh Tracey?! 😉

  3. Blade & Rose is such a cult brand. We never knew they did older kids range! Poppingovdr to have a look now! Thanks! #DreamTeam x

  4. Message: What a mega cute range! I love the little bums on the leggings, and even better that they stay up well – bonus! You’re making me broody!!

    • Sinéad Reply

      Lol! Apologies Cal. I hate when that happens to me! 😉

  5. I discovered them with Kipper, my only disappointment is that I hadn’t found them when Monkey was younger as they are brilliant. The fabric is so soft and stretchy. Love the designs too. The photos in your review are gorgeous x

    • Sinéad Reply

      Ah thanks. Same as that! I’d have loved to get my son into these when he was a baby. So many stiff pants on the market for baby boys. Drives me insane!

  6. I love the look of these leggings and what a brilliant brand too. I want the sausage dog ones in adult size! 😉

    • Sinéad Reply

      Wouldn’t that be fab! Coziness to rival the onesie! 😉

    • Sinéad Reply

      I definitely need more of it in my life, Rosie! 🙂

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