No, you’re not going mad, these are the same leopard print Mary Janes that we featured last week, we love them so much we couldn’t resist using them twice! This time we’ve styled them with dungarees, ochre, tassels, and a printed blouse: a few of our favourite things.
There’s no getting away from it, it looks like Summer has come to an abrupt end. In August. I daren’t leave the house without the the kids’ rainmacs and an umbrella for fear of literally being washed away… But, it’s not cold, so jumpers and coats are still off the agenda. This is always a tricky one to get right clothes-wise. Tabitha and Marlow have literally been living in their wellies (these exact ones) pretty much since we got back from our holiday (so long sandals…). So we might as well work them into cute outfits right? A splash of ochre feels Autumn-ready in an Indian Summer of way…
1. Marks & Spencer 2 Piece Cotton Body & Dungarees Set, £18.00 2. Minnetonka Fringed Baby Booties, £35.00
“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter”. And one day Marks and Spencer decided that Peter Rabbit would make a very cute print for a baby bodysuit, especially when worn with soft cotton dungarees and adorable booties. The end.
We were hugely flattered to be asked by Boden to be included in their ‘Boden Diaries’ ‘The New Mother’s Day Wishlist’ feature on their blog. We were asked to choose our favourite pieces (for us and the kids) for Mother’s Day. Where to start? We tried on a LOT of clothes (um, that pile of boxes was mine!! Sarah). If you haven’t already seen the results, check it out here. This is what they wore (above), and this is what we wore (well our two favourite looks anyway):
1. Kin By John Lewis Dungaree Set, £18.00 2. M&S Pure Cashmere Cardigan, £35.00 3. Anne Claire Petit Lamb Music Box, £36.45 4. Minnetonka Fringed Booties, £40.00
Generally speaking we’re not fans of the ‘set’. You know the ones – where they cleverly put an outfit together, usually for a baby, so you don’t need to worry about what goes with what? So they are well-intentioned, but generally pretty naff. We usually find it frustrating when we only like one of the pieces (as is often the case), but then feel reluctant to buy the entire outfit just to wear one thing. Maybe we just don’t like being told how to style an outfit?? Anyway, occasionally we are pleasantly surprised, and this is one of those occasions. How cute is this striped dungaree set?? If you aren’t familiar with the Kin collection by John Lewis, you should definitely check it out. And whilst we were online, we also saw and liked this dungaree set from Mini Club at Boots and this three piece outfit from M&S. Sometimes it’s good to be proven wrong.
1. Gap Denim Dungarees, £16.07 (reduced from £22.95)
2. Gap Chunky Knit Beanie, £8.95 3. Cyrillus Liberty Print Blouse, £55.00 4. M&S Leather Metallic Hi-Tops, £24.00-£26.00
I may (frustratingly) not have persuaded Tabitha into a pair (despite my best efforts), but for everyone else with a less stubborn (er, independent) daughter, here is a super-sweet dungarees look for the girls. You may recognise the blouse from a previous post, so you may already have it. Bonus. Just pop a cardigan over the top if needed.
ps: huge congratulations to Zoe Crellin (and her daughter Maeve) for winning the amazing Mini Preen competition! You are now the owner of the Preen Line dress and the Mini Preen coat-dress. Both will be winging themselves to you very soon. We are very jealous! Thank to everyone who entered – we had an overwhelming response. But worry not, it wasn’t the first Little Spree competition, and it definitely won’t be the last…
pps: don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@littlespree) for lots of extra stylish finds for little ones. Plus previews from the Spring/Summer 2015 collections for kids…
Could Next have made dressing any easier? The perfect striped Breton already layered under the cutest dungarees shorts. This a ‘mini me’ outit if ever there was one (ok, maybe not the cat bag, although I do love it…)
1. Les Tricots De Margot Cashmere Cardigan, £55.00 2. Gap Toweling Sun Hat, £7.95 3. Mothercare Denim Bibshorts, £12.00 4. Zara Mini Checked Shirt, £11.99
For those days when you have no idea what the weather is doing… It’s all about layers for Tabarlow at the moment, and you can’t go far wrong with a neutral coloured cashmere cardigan for a stylish baby boy.
ps: don’t miss tomorrow’s post. It will have all the details about how to enter the Mini Boden ‘mini spree’ competition. I have personally selected 10 x pieces to give away to two lucky readers…
Alice a Paris Junior Dungarees (4-14 years) £31.00 SHOP NOW It really is all about dungarees. I’m starting to wonder how I survived without them for all these years?? I just bought my second pair today actually (these ones from Topshop in case you’re wondering?). Anyway, women’s dungarees may be having a bit of a fashion moment, but they never went away for kids. They just always look cute, no matter what. They look best worn with a short or long sleeved tee, or a lightweight collarless shirt. Other pairs that I am liking are these Little White Company chambray ones; (love!) this grey ticking stripe Autograph pair; these star patch Mini Boden ones; these Petit Bateau navy ones; and these Impkids cotton twill ones.
ps: these Johnny B (age 8-16) dungaree shorts are super-cute for older girls.
pps: ps: I also have it on very good authority that these ones (for us) from Anthropologie are a really great fit…
Tootsa MacGinty Striped Dungarees (3 months-5 years)
I haven’t posted anything from them for a while, but I’m still loving Tootsa MacGinty (as much as for the name as anything else…). They do really great, simple but quirky things for kids. Fun, but not gimicky (and great quality). I adore their knitwear. And everything is unisex (although generally I would probably be more likely to dress Marlow in their things, but that’s just me…). Having said that, these would look adorable on a little girl with a pretty blouse worn underneath. I always love a dungaree (particularly on babies) – they always look cute (and timeless), plus they are so practical for crawlers. These are a classic ‘hickory’ stripe with a lovely cosy lining, so perfect for chilly Winters (now!) as well as the warmer months. Oh and they come with those handy leg poppers in the baby sizes (totally essential for those quick nappy changes). And they are in the sale… £19.20 (were £32.00) tootsamacginty.com
Boden Everyday Dungarees (0-4 years)
Love these. There’s always something so cute about boys in dungarees. And the ticking stripe is perfect. They also come in a really great denim blue. Marlow had a similar pair from Boden when he was younger, which I always loved him in. £20.00-£22.00 boden.co.uk
At this time of year socks and tights are top of our Winter wish lists for the kids. The hand dyed baby socks (with star shaped non-slip grips) and tights from You Are Smalls means we can tick that task off our list.