Mini Boden Knitted Jacket (0-3 years)
I have loved this cardigan since I first clapped eyes on it (months ago now), so I have no idea why I have left it so long to share. Anyway, it’s a cute as a button. I love the little ears (sometimes that can be over-kill, but not when it’s done right like this). And not only does this knitted jacket look adorable, but it’s so practical (double-breasted, hooded, knitted all = warm!), and well, useful. It also comes in duck-egg blue and navy, which I equally love. It would make a great baby gift too. But like everything I seem to like at Mini Boden at the moment, it’s selling out first, so get your skates on!
£16.80-£18.20 (was £24.00-£26.00) boden.co.uk
Gap Cable Knit One-Piece (0-24 months)
Now I love (ok, am obsessed with) cable-knit jumpers at the moment, and this cable kit romper is taking things to a whole new level. It’s so sweet. I love the idea of a chunky-knit onesie, and I love that it’s cream. Super-cosy. I also love this style of cardigan. Perfect for boys and girls; this ‘garter stitch’ is always so chic and stylish, plus it’s really chunky and warm. Tabitha and Marlow both had (and still wear) a very similar version, (but with hoods) from Gap last Winter, and they wore them constantly (they multi-task as cardigans and cosy jackets). They are so warm! Here are some more of my favourite pieces from the current babyGap collection… This floral sprig printed blouse (I just bought it for a friend’s baby – it’s so sweet); this fur trimmed flapper hat; this super-chic little camel coat; these plaid trousers, this star print corduroy romper (also bought for the same friend’s baby, and also super-cute); this colourblack cardigan; this marl grey hoodie and this plaid dress. As you probably know by now, I am taking part in a really exciting all-day event with babyGap on Friday at their flagship store at 376-384 Oxford Street (the one near Selfridges – don’t go to the wrong one!). I will be there all day with my friend and fashion photographer, Jane Mcleish-Kelsey, styling a really cool Holiday photo shoot with babies aged between 0-24 months (including yours hopefully!). I would love to meet you (and your gorgeous little ones of course), so please come along and join us (from 10.00am-6.00pm). As well as the photo shoot, there will also be a free monogramming service (I am completely obsessed with monogramming – my handbag collection is testament to this), and a chance to win £500 shopping spree for your little one. And here’s the most exciting bit… There is a chance for FIVE lucky Little Spree readers to win a guaranteed place in the queue for the photo shoot, and to be entered into a special prize draw to win a £150 shopping spree at babyGap, with me at the store at a later date, where I will help you put together a gorgeous mini capsule wardrobe for your baby. All you need to do is RSVP to: email@example.com before midnight on Wednesday (27th) for a chance to win. Five winners will be picked at random, and emailed directly by Gap. Then the winner of the prize draw will be announced here on Monday 2nd December. For full terms and conditions please click here. Good luck! See you on Friday…
£19.95 SHOP NOW
Uniqlo Unisex Down Gilet (3-11 years)
Sometimes you just don’t need a full-on jacket or coat. I’ve been wanting to get Marlow a down gilet (they look so lovely layered over a gorgeous jumper) for a while now, but most of them come with a price tag to match the down content, so I’ve always hesitated. Until now. I love the look of this one from Uniqlo, and it’s filled with 70% premium quality down (whatever that means, but it sounds warm and cosy!). And I love the cord detail on the shoulders. Uh-oh, I feel another purchase coming on…
£29.90 BUY NOW
Autograph Wool Blend Peacoat (12 months-7 years)
The navy peacoat is still as elusive as ever this Winter (on the High Street anyway), and I have now become slightly obsessed about it. I think this Autograph one from M&S is one of the best options (thank you Nicky), and it has a cosy padded lining, and is machine washable (why do kids’ coats get SO filthy?). Here are a few other recent finds I’ve sniffed out on my travels… Thanks to all the mums (and there were lots of you!) who recommended this fab one from Zara (it’s a girls’ one, but obviously perfect for boys too). This is the same one I bought (and loved, and amazingly still fits!) for Marlow from H&M last Winter. Annoyingly they have made it in black this year instead of navy (don’t they realise that navy is THE colour of the season?), but it’s still a good option (I love the extra sewn-in ribbed collar for those extra-chilly days).. This is not a peacoat, but it’s navy, wool and really cool (do not be put off by this terrible picture, which bears no resemblance to the fab coat I saw in the flesh in the store last Thursday – trust me, it’s fantastic). I really like this new (ish) Kin collection at John Lewis (it has a whiff of Cos about it…). I think I might go back and get it. Again, this one from F&F is black, but it’s a good one. And finally, if you feel like a splurge, this Cyrillus one is really lovely (and probably my favourite of the lot), and definitely navy: as is this Petit Bateau one – a classic naval officer style, complete with gold buttons. That’s it for now, I’m going for a lie-down…
£28.00-£30.00 BUY NOW
ps: just in! I spotted this one on the Mothercare website a few weeks ago, but for some reason thought it was black, so discounted it, but in actual fact it’s dark navy (thank you ‘Belfast Mummy’). So I’m adding it in as late contender. Definitely more of a boy’s pea than girl’s I would say, but a really good (and affordable) option.
pps: girls’ boots coming this week…
John Lewis Checked Lumberjack Jacket (3 months-3 years)
Checks and plaid are big news this Winter, and were all over the catwalks (at Celine, Stella McCartney etc etc); as was the ‘grunge’ trend. This super-cool jacket covers two trends in one (should you care?), and is really cosy and warm (due to the borg inner lining), so will see your little one right through until Winter. I love that is has the double-breasted style of a classic reefer jacket. And the fur collar is super-cute. And it’s not just for boys either – I would definitely dress a little girl in this jacket (wear it with a Liberty print dress and knitted tights) for a cute tomboy style.
The Little White Company Knitted Peacoat (0-24 months)
If womens’ Winter coats/jackets are anything to go by, the best time to be buying one is right now, as the best ones are already starting to sell out. So if you have you heart set on a particular style for your little one, you need to hop to it. I always love a peacoat (for men, women and children), and this cute knitted, grey one really caught my eye because it’s not navy – the silver-grey makes such a refreshingly stylish change. I love the cute Peter Pan collar, and the little tabs on the cuffs. It will be perfect for the Autumn – cosy and cool (so fab with jeans), then you can bring out the hardcore Winter coat a little later on when a jacket no longer cuts it. This one would make a lovely gift for a newborn too.
Zara Floral Quilted Jacket (9-36 months)
This is the coolest, cutest jacket ever! It’s so mini Isabel Marant/me, it’s ridiculous. I had a tip-off about it (it’s from the new Autumn/Winter collection, so has just hit the shop floor/website), and I literally snapped it up the next day (it would have been the same day had I not been shooting). It may be 30+ degrees outside (and about to get hotter), but in the same way I have been lusting after new season clothes (jumpers, coats, jackets…), I have started coveting kids’ things for the Autumn too. And again, like the adult versions, it’s always a risk to think ‘look now, buy later’ if you really love something. Way too risky. Snap it up now, and rest assured that it’s tucked away at the back of your/their wardrobe, just waiting for it’s moment to shine. Wait, and risk never seeing it again (until you see it on someone else/else’s daughter that is…). That was not about to happen with this jacket – it’s way too cool a find. And after all, there’s nothing like a little delayed gratification sometimes…
Gap Cargo Jacket (12 months-5 years)
You know how much I love an army jacket, but this boys’ one is a particularly good one. It’s literally a scaled down version of my favourite Zara one. Marlow already has one (from DPAM) that I love on him, but it is getting a bit small now, so I think this one might be coming his way any day now…
Vertbaudet Baby Boy Denim Hooded Parka (1-18 months)
Another post, another rubbish weather day (apologies if you don’t live in South-East England, but I hope you’re having better weather where you are?). You daren’t leave the house without some kind of hood these days, but you don’t necessarily want a really warm, Wintery coat attached to it. And if you feel like giving your (yellow, obviously) rainmac the day off, here’s a great option. It looks like denim, but it’s actually a lighter weight, and 100% cotton. I love the little pockets, and the fact that the hood is detachable (if you’re feeling particularly brave!). And you may not be able to see it, but the lining is marl grey. How much more perfect does this get? It might as well have been designed for Little Spree!
Zara Military Parka (9-36 months)
I dug out Marlow’s parka (very similar to this one) today because he had a warm, cosy jumper on, and we had one of those days where we were going from house-car-house-car-shops-house, so no need for his super-warm Winter coat (which frankly, I am sick of the sight of now). I’d forgottten how much I love it on him. I bought it in DPAM when I was in Paris once for Fashion Week when I was still at Glamour (so it’s quite old now, but amazingly, still fits him). Anyway, it may still be too cold to ditch the Winter coat just yet, but there’s certainly no harm in thinking ahead and making a few calculated Spring purchases. I never tire of an army jacket (and have at least three in my own wardrobe that I always wear), and they look great with most things. Every little boy (and girl) should have one in their (little) wardrobe.
Mothercare Quilted Hooded Jacket (12-24 months)
This is a great little baby boy’s jacket. Cool, but still classic. Marlow has a very similar one that I bought him from M&S (which he chooses over his Bonpoint charcoal duffle coat every time!) that he lives in. It’s snug and cosy, and goes with everything (well I guess the rest of his wardrobe is mostly just grey and navy, so it was never going to be much of a struggle…). I love the parka style, and the corduroy patches are a cute detail (and is that a grey lining I see?). And let’s face it, you’re barely going to notice the £11.00 coming out of your bank account…
£11.00 (was £22.00) mothercare.com
Gap Striped Knit Moto Jacket (6 months-5 years)
We love a Breton, and we love a biker jacket, right? So how genius is this little number? Super-cool. Love it. I want one (do you think I could squeeze into a five year old size?).
ps: I’m still waiting for a couple of the Mini Boden giveaway winners to email me with their addresses. Sarah (you were in labour when you entered, so I am guessing that you are probably a little busy right now, but please get in touch if you see this so that Boden can send you the gorgeous printed blouse (one of my favourites). Also, Nicola Reddy – contact me at the Little Spree email shown at the top of the site when you can. Boden want to send you your alphabet print t-shirt (and so do I!)…. Sx
Mothercare Baseball Jacket (18 months-8 years)
Now as we all know, varsity jackets had a bit of a moment a few seasons ago (mostly due to Isabel Marant), but for kids they are still around (and let’s be honest – we may want our kids to look cool and stylish, but do we really want them to be rocking the very latest catwalk trends?). I love this one because it’s quite subdued colour-wise (many of them are brightly coloured, which would feel too gimmicky and garish for my liking). This one is denim with grey sweatshirt-style jersey sleeves. I like the striped trim too. My nephew, Baby James (almost one) was rocking a black and white one from Ralph Lauren at the weekend and he looked so sweet. This one might just be coming Marlow’s way soon. Cosy and cool.
ps: it would also look really cool on a girl with a little dress and knitted tights. Tomboy-chic.
Cos Hooded Cotton Parka (2-8 years)
I don’t want to get carried away here, but my spirits lifted today when I didn’t have to bundle myself and two toddlers up in hats, gloves and scarves (mostly cashmere of course!) for the first time in months. I even went as far as letting Marlow wear his coat unbuttoned when we went to swimming classes this afternoon (admittedly, in the car…). I’m not saying that the cold weather is behind us (it’s not even February after all!), but today certainly put a spring in my step, and got me thinking about less Wintery coats. This is my favourite so far. I love a parka, and I love Cos, so this was always going to turn out well. But what I particularly love about this one is its simplicity. It’s just so cool, but not in that trying too hard to be way. I might be a bit ahead of myself, but come Spring, this will be the perfect in-between seasons coat. Also, the extra details are worth paying that little extra for. It has a removable quilted lining, removable hood, is 100% cotton, and machine washable. So there you have it.
If you follow me on Twitter, I apologise, because you’re probably sick to death of me gushing over this collection already… Peter rabbit is 110 (and looking good on it!), and to celebrate Gap have collaborated with Beatrix Potter with this completely adorable collection for babies. I have to confess, I was slightly sceptical when I first got wind of it – how would such a collaboration even work? It just sounded a little gimmicky to me, and I suppose I just didn’t ‘get it’. How wrong I was. I first saw the collection on Tuesday in the Oxford Circus store when I dashed in to check it out quickly (in the name of research) on my way home. I was instantly smitten, and promptly scooped up two rabbit face jumpers (one with pink trim, one with blue) and his and hers packets of socks in the most gorgeous colours (I always find it a struggle to find good socks for toddlers…). Officially the age range is 0-24 months, but I wasn’t about to be defeated that easily, and on inspection of said items, endevoured to squeeze my two (who just turned three) into them. Bingo! Both jumpers (age 18-24 months) fitted, and the socks are perfect. Where there’s a will and all that… Fast forward to the official press launch breakfast this morning, and I arrived feeling like I had already seen the collection in its entirety. Wrong again. I had barely seen anything – this collection is huge! The colours are spot-on – lots of grey (oh yes!), navy, dusky pink, pale blue, saffron (which I’m loving at the moment – so easy to work into a neutral-ish wardrobe, and so chic) etc. It’s just the perfect mix of whimsical and cute. Stylish and so, so sweet. Here are my favourites (including the jumpers I bought for Tabarlow, and Marlow’s days of the week socks), but I also particularly loved the days of the week bodysuits for little babies (up to six months). They would make the lovelist gift for a newborn. The blue shawl-neck cardigan (or possibly jardigan?) is based on Peter Rabbit’s own ill-fated jacket (how cute is that?). Love, love, love…
from £7.95 gap.eu
ps: available online and in-store now.
French Connection Knitted Cardi-Jacket With Scalloped Trim (0-18 months)
Yes it’s another ‘jardigan’ (jacket/cradigan hybrid). Always so useful – I’m a big fan. Anyway, all you really need to know is that it’s super-cute and in the sale, so get your skates on if you want to bag one! Here’s the boring (but always useful to know) bit: it’s 100% cotton and machine washable. What’s not to like? Go!
£22.50 (was £45.00) frenchconnection.com
La Redoute Knitted Hooded Jacket (newborn-2 years)
This is such a great example of a classic French baby jacket. The ribbing, the pointed hood, the pom pom tassle… You can always spot the details. It’s just so chic. And so cosy and warm (check out the toasty sheepskin lining…). I love the chocolate brown and the sweet toggle buttons too. I found little cardigan/jackets (yes it’s a jardigan!) like this so handy when Tabarlow were babies. This is definitely one of the nicest ones I’ve seen. Would make a lovely gift (and a great price too).
Gap Velvet Band Jacket (6 months-5 years)
How cool is this jacket? It has more than a whiff of Stella McCartney Kids about it (which of course, I love), yet it’s from Gap. I love the Sergeant Pepper vibe. It would be so cute for a a party or special occasion, but also just great to keep for dressing up (I would style it up with a bit of a pirate dressing up costume for a party). It’s not always easy to find decent fancy dress costumes for boys (unless they want to be Spiderman or Snow White), so this would be a great investment. I love it, and will be buying one for Marlow as soon as I’m back from Cape Town. So please leave one for me!
Mini Boden Quilted Jacket (0-4 years)
Love this little jacket. It looks quite purple-y (not my favourite colour I must confess…) here, but actually it’s more of a slate-grey (according to Boden anyway, and who am I to doubt them?). The contrast trim and buttons are so sweet, and the more beady-eyed amongst you will also notice that the lining fabric is the same as one of the Boden jersey dresses from a previous post. A great simple jacket for every day, but one that just gives a little more bang for you buck. Oh Mini Boden, how I love thee this season…
H&M Navy Reefer Jacket (12 months-8 years)
I have had quite a few emails asking about slightly ‘smarter’ coats for boys, now that we have the whole nursery-friendly, waterproof coats covered off. I love this reefer-style jacket from H&M. It’s smarter than an anorak (sorry, hate that word, but what else to call them?), but not too formal either (I’m assuming no one was wondering where to buy a dinner suit for a toddler from??), so great for every day. And it’s really cool. I always love a pea/reefer coat, and it always has to be navy (sorry, that’s just the law). This one has the great added detail of the extra zip-up roll-neck inside the lapels. Perfect for these chilly days.