Okaou Charcoal Cotton Dress With Flounced Sleeves (18 months-5 years)
£9.50 (was £19.00) laredoute.co.uk
It’s that time when we need to start, not just thinking about party dresses, but actually buying them (before the best ones all sell out!). Here is a little round-up of my favourites around at the moment… This Okaou one from La Redoute (I have to say, La Redoute have some amazing dresses) is definitely one of my favourites. It looks black (I’m really not a fan of black for little girls) in this picture, but it’s actually a gorgeous charcoal grey. I love the pretty tulle frill and the gold studded embroidery at the hem, and it’s such an amazing bargain! Another favourite is this feather one from Kihawo: this sweet brocade one from H&M; this navy one with metallic stars from Mango; this gorgeous navy tulle one also from Mango; this navy corduroy one from J by Jasper Conran (not strictly a party dress, but it’s cute and it’s a dress, and I really love it/wanted to share it anyway); this velvet one from Gap; this pink chiffon one, also from Gap (it looks a bit boring in the picture, but I’ve seen it in the store, and it’s really pretty); this lace one from Hucklebones; and this super-cute spotted one, also from Hucklebones; this fabulous lace spotted one from Somerset by Alice Temperley (love!); and if you feel like having a major blow-out (alternatively you could always wait for the sales, and you might just get lucky…), this Chloe dress is to die for.
The Little White Company Baby Tutu Dress (0-24 months)
Just adorable. ‘Vintage pink’, two layers of gorgeous floaty tulle… What more do you need to know?
John Lewis Sequin Dress (2-12 years)
I love a sequin (always in moderation of course), and so does my daughter. I have noticed that the high street is awash with gorgeous sequinned dresses, perfect for the Christmas party season, but also perfect for any other time too… I have hand-picked my favourites (Including this fab navy and gold one from John Lewis), which includes a couple of really low-key, un-blingy options for the sequin-phobic (if there indeed, is such a person?)… This Mini Boden dress (I love the combination of this particular shade of pink and the gold sequins – it has a bit of a Marni vibe about it…); this ilovegorgeous gold sequinned dress (full-on and fabulous!) and this one (just divine): loving the casual, everyday sparkles on this navy one from Zara; this classic ballerina style from Ted Baker; and this baby version; and this Little White Company dress (Tabs already has it).
£22.00-£24.00 SHOP NOW
ps: all the details on how to enter the babyGap prize draw will be in tomorrow’s post. You don’t want to miss it!
pps: if you have a daughter who is OBSESSED with Hello Kitty (as I do), and try (as I do) to steer her away from the scary (and invariably, pink) branded clothing, I have a little find that that may just be of interest to you… This t-shirt from M&S is as tasteful as Hello Kitty comes, and I actually think it’s rather cute (and yes, it really is navy!). I bought it for Tabs, and of course, she LOVES it, and I don’t hate it. Result! I like it best worn with navy and white striped leggings, cream cable knit cardigan and her trusty Boden suede boots. And everyone is happy.
Cos A-line Velvet Dress (1-8 years)
I have at least three velvet dresses like this in my wardrobe (including one from Cos actually). So it makes perfect sense that Tabitha should have one too, right? I just love the simplicity of it (and it would look so cute with silver/grey stripy tights if you want to pimp it up a little). And let’s face it, it’s probably more age appropriate for a three year old (not that that’s ever put me off before…).
£35.00 SHOP NOW
ps: I couldn’t help noticing that one of my most treasured Marlow purchases is still available on the Cos website. This grey cashmere cardigan is well into its second year, and still looks as good as new, and is so warm and cosy. I’ve just got it out again now that the temperature has plummeted. And I love it just as much as I did last Winter. I’m very tempted to buy another one in a larger size for next Winter…
Mini Boden Big Bow Party Dress (0-3 years)
This cute dress definitely has a whiff of Marc by Marc Jacobs about it – the big bow, the bold stripes, the A-line shape… And I love the colour combination. Just layer a long-sleeved tee under, and add navy knitted tights. So sweet.
£24.00-£26.00 SHOP NOW
ps: I have had a little tip-off about a amazing Miller clearance sale (one of my absolute favourite brands, although not necessarily one that I would class as ‘high street’, so usually one reserved for sale times). There are some fantastic bargains (including this dress that I posted a while back, and that Tabs is wearing today), so make sure you check it out. I’ve just placed a rather large order…
No Added Sugar Hollyhock Plaid Dress (3 months-3 years)
As you have probably noticed by now, plaid is a huge trend this Autumn/Winter, from shirts, to coats to accessories. Personally I always love a plaid dress, and they don’t come much cuter than this one. I particularly love the colour combinations, and the vintage-inspired feel. And of course, the sweet Peter Pan collar (we might be over them for us, but they will always be adorable on little girls as far as I’m concerned). Love.
£57.00 BUY NOW
ps: and while we’re on the subject, how great is this Zara coat?
Marks & Spencer Corduroy Spotted Dress & Tights Outfit (3-24 months)
If someone had shown me this dress and asked me to guess where it was from, I’m not sure even my trained eye would have guessed M&S. Totally adorable. And normally pre-styled outfits/looks make me really tense (I usually only like one piece, but hate the rest, which then puts me off buying it completely. Plus obviously being a Fashion Editor makes me a total control freak when it comes to styling outfits), but these tights are equally adorable. Would make a great present. And an amazing price! Amen to that.
£18.00 BUY NOW
H&M Pirate Dress (1.5-8 years)
I was tipped off about this collection by Nicola, Creative And Fashion Director at Red when I was at the office today. How had I missed this amazing UNICEF collection of the coolest (and chicest!) kids’ Halloween costumes ever?? Think Beetlejuice meets Marc Jabobs… I sprinted straight round to the store on Regent Street (cutting Nicola off mid-sentence), but alas, there was not a single item left. Not even so much as a striped bow tie. But all is not lost, because it’s still available online! And there are still plenty of sizes left! This dress is part of the collection, and ‘styled up’ (just add a pirate hat and boots) could be an amazing dressing-up costume (for all year round), but I also rather love it ‘styled down’ just as a cute dress (loving the bold black and white stripe). How cute are the bows and pleated grosgrain? It could easily pass as ‘Mini Marc’. I also love the striped suit for boys, and this amazing Marie Antoinette style princess dress (surely the princess dress to end all princess dresses?). And how sweet is this (yes, tasteful!) mermaid dress? I’m in dressing-up heaven!
£19.99 BUY NOW
ps: what do you know? It’s another navy peacoat!!
Du Pareil au Même Cotton Dress (3-14 years)
White cotton dresses in September? Indeed. I couldn’t resist this gorgeous one from DPAM. Buy now, wear next Summer. Sometimes I just can’t resist a bargain, and this is the kind of simple (but so pretty) dress that I love on Tabs, and will be happy to rediscover next Spring… This is a great policy to adopt in the sales (a tip I learnt from my friend and Glamour ex-collegue, VG – shop for the following year), particularly in stores that are off-limits in non-sale times. Just remember to size up!
£14.00 (was £20.00) BUY NOW
ps: personally I love a white dress (my wardrobe is full of them), and wear them all year round (just switch up the bare legs for the black opaques come Winter). This one would look super-cute worn with a fine-knit sweater layered underneath and grey knitted tights. Food for thought…
Mango Polka Dot Dress With Peter Pan Collar (3-12 years)
I saw this dress in navy, and instantly loved it. Then I saw it in this colour and loved it even more! I just love this shade of yellow (it somehow always seems to look ‘expensive’). It looks great with my favourite navy and greys (Tabs will be wearing this with navy knitted tights and her new navy suede boots from Mini Boden that just arrived yesterday (she had the same ones last year in dusky pink and wore them to death). Yep, still loving Mango’s kids’ collection…
Zara Checked Dress (3-36 months)
I LOVE this dress. I have been trying to track it down in Tabitha’s size for weeks now, and last week I found it at the store in Westfield! I was so excited, because it is a hundred times cuter in real life than on the website. I snapped it up, and she wore it to a birthday party in Richmond park on Saturday. The checks are so sweet, and it has the cutest tiny wooden buttons running all the way down the back (and a heart shaped one on the front breast pocket). Tabs is very keen on pockets on dresses these days (I always love them too), so they were another tick… And it’s the perfect dress to go from Summer to Winter, as it will look just as cute with knitted (navy) tights and boots as it does with sandals. I want a dress like this!
Mango Beaded Embroidered Dress (3-8 years)
Completely adorable! It may be coming to the end of the Summer, but I never tire of a hippie dress, whatever the weather…
Stella McCartney Bell Dress (3-9 months)
If you look hard enough, there are still a few bargains to be found in the sales. This baby dress is just adorable. And just the right amount of cute and cool (thanks to the winning combination of spots and tulle…). The perfect party dress for stylish babies everywhere. Love.
£25.00 (was £50.00) stellamccartney.com
Gap Baby Girl Woven Dot Ruffle Dress (0-24 months)
I am starting to lose track of all the pretty Summer dresses I have bought for Tabitha in the last few weeks. Some have been great sale bargains, and some haven’t, but they are all completely gorgeous, and everyday wearable. So I felt compelled to dedicate a post just to dresses, and share some of the ones I have bought. I should also mention that I have been so taken with some of the Summer dresses currently available on the High Street, that I have been buying some in sizes as small as 18-24 months (Tabitha is three and a half!!) in the hope that they might just fit her (most do, amazingly, but she is very petite, and I do love a short dress on little girls…). So don’t be put off by the sizing if you don’t necessarily have a baby girl (and lucky you if you do, as some of my favourite finds are for babies). So here we go. This gorgeous classic full-skirted floral print dress is just adorable (I am little obsessed with it actually, as anyone who follows me on Instagram will testify). I love the faded yellow rose print (that sort of looks like a lemon print). Tabs debuted hers today as nursery’s Summer Camp (needless to say, it was a little worse for wear at pick-up time! This super-simple blue and white seersucker striped sun-dress from The Little Company (currently reduced from £28.00 to £14.00). This cute white broderie anglaise cotton dress from Autograph at M&S (bought yesterday). This classic Breton striped t-shirt dress from Petit Bateau. I think I have bought Tabs this exact same dress (ok, sometimes with long sleeves in the Winter) at least four times since she was worn. I always love it, and I love that they always have one every season. I picked one up in the sale yesterday (£22.80 reduced from £38.00). Add to this list the Miller dress I posted last Thursday (which I absolutely love, but am saving for the Autumn) and I think Tabs is pretty well stocked for dresses. Maybe in retrospect this post was a bit of an over share?
ps: I almost forget to mention the dress in today’s post! As you know, I love a white dress, and I’m loving this one. It’s part of Gap’s new ‘High Tea’ collection, which is made up of ‘dreamy pastel hues in supersoft fabrics’, so right up my street. So simple, but so pretty. It would also make a fantastic (and inexpensive) bridesmaid/flower girl dress. I have to say, if you are time-poor and looking for great Summer dresses, head straight to Gap. They definitely have some of the best I have seen. Over and out.
Zara Home Pale Pink Nightdress (1-3 years)
I have bought countless pretty nightdresses from Zara Home (not to be confused with the regular Zara – they stock completely different things) over the years. For Tabs, but also for presents. They really do some of the best ones on the high street. But recently I have been converting them to dresses for Tabitha, particularly in this recent hot spell, which, frankly I was not expecting (so did not go too overboard with the Summer dress shopping). I had bought her a couple of their nightdresses (including a gorgeous Liberty printed one with frills on the shoulders, and a coral coloured one with a faded stripe), but have since decided that they are just too pretty to only wear in bed. I love that they are nice and loose (she loves that they are so comfortable and don’t feel restrictive), and made of really lightweight cotton, so perfect in this heat and for Summer holidays. They look so sweet worn with her simple Sun San sandals. There are loads of great ones in the sale at the moment, and this one is about to be added to her collection (I love the pale, pale pink colour and the panels of lace running through it – in fact, I have already bought this one for a friend’s daughter’s birthday a few months ago). Love.
£9.99 (was £19.99) zarahome.com
ps: I also love these simple sun dresses from Mini Boden for the same reasons as the nightdresses. This particular one comes in three different coloured prints (Tabs has the ‘lemon’ and the ‘english rose’). Such pretty, easy-to-wear dresses. And just £19.50-£21.00 in the sale.
pps: I’m quite partial to a nightie worn as a dress myself. I always look for gorgeous white Victorian/Edwardian ones at antique fairs (and have found some great ones). Love a white cotton dress in the Summer!
Miller ‘Latite’ Dress (2-10 years)
I love this dress. I want this dress. I just bought this dress. For Tabitha, not for me (I think an age 10 might be pushing it…).
£19.20 (was £64.00) eliasandgrace.com
ps: talking of dresses (and sale bargains), I also bought this dress for Tabs last week. It’s now been reduced to £22.00 in the sale. Tabs debuted it today at the end of year assembly at nursery. And very cute she looked too, even if I do say so myself!
£22.00 (was £32.00) thewhitecompany.com
M&S Cotton Chambray Embroidered Dress (12 months-7 years)
Such a cute dress. Loving the cool Isabel Marant-esque embroidery… Just make sure you ditch the belt (the only thing stopping it from being the ‘perfect dress’.
Caramel Girl’s Budleigh Dress (8-12 years)
Another day, another fantastic sale bargain from a normally ‘off limits’ childrens’ website. I LOVE this dress. I want this dress for me!! I can’t even buy it for Tabitha because, sadly, it’s too big… If you know a girl aged between eight and twelve years old, they definitely should own this dress. It’s way too cool to miss…
£45.60 (was £76.00)
ps: now I wonder how big the age twelve is??
Little Bird By Jools Striped Dress (6 months-5 years)
Simple, and so cute. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – you can never have too many stripes. Amen.
Cos Curved Hem Dress (1-8 years)
I have discovered that it is virtually impossible (for me anyway) to find anything that I don’t like from Cos kids, so I try to keep my visits to the store to a minimum. They have totally nailed their kids’ collection. It doesn’t change that much, which I actually quite like (I am definitely a creature of habbit when it comes to dressing…), and they often repeat the same item season after season (if it aint broke and all that…). They have been doing this dress for a while now, and I bought it for Tabs last year, but I generally find Cos kids’ sizing to be quite generous, so it didn’t fit her until recently (it was too long, and one of my pet hates on little girls is long dresses). So on Sunday, I dusted it off for a friend’s bbq. She wore it with her Mini Boden neon orange sandals (which can I just add, get numerous compliments every time she wears them!) and very cute she looked too. This is the perfect ‘non-girly’ dress. Still pretty, but in that lovely, simple pared-down way. Gorgeous.