1. Trotters Liberty Print Blouse, £44.99
2. Cos Knot Detail Hair Clip, £4.00
3. John Lewis Pointelle Cardigan, £12.00-£13.00
4. Gap Legging Jeans, £17.95
5. Start-Rite Mary-Janes, £59.00
A pretty blouse has always been my favourite starting point for dressing baby/toddler girls. I love the way they look, and they just last and last. I know this one (love this Liberty print – so pretty!) only starts at age 2-3, but with Tabitha I always used to buy them much larger, then she would wear them as dresses (with or without tights/leggings) with the sleeves rolled up to start with, then as tops later on (this was a top tip from a fellow fashion editor when I was pregnant). I literally had some that she wore for well over a year. This is one of my favourite looks that I used to dress Tabs in (and still do, minus the elasticated waist jeans and baby shoes…).
ps: I found this adorable baby floral print blouse in John Lewis the other day. So sweet.
1. M&S 2 Piece Cotton Star Jumper & Joggers Outfit, £14.00
2. Jellycat Slackajack Monkey, £14,00
3. Zara Knitted Booties, £15.99
Super-stylish baby essentials. Keep it simple.
Cocoon Baby Girl’s Tunic & Leggings Set (1 month-2 years)
How chic is this little number? Loving that lace Peter Pan collar. And the tunic-style jumper is long, so perfect for keeping out the chill. It also has buttons down the back, so super-easy to get on and off. And it’s no easy task finding a ‘look’ for £21.00 either! Love.
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Monsoon Newborn Knitted Set (0-12 months)
This is such a cute little outfit for a baby boy if you have one, or know anyone who does. It’s so old-fashioned (but in all the best ways) it almost looks vintage. I love it.
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Trotters Grey Cashmere Leggings (1-6 months)
There is nothing I love more than cuddling a baby wearing cashmere. Nothing. Ok, these luxurious (and super-cool) leggings aren’t exactly cheap, but cashmere by it’s very definition is not cheap, and anyway, if you can’t splurge on a gorgeous newborn (yours or someone else’s), when can you? Also, cashmere pieces are great to keep and pass on/loan to family/friends (as my sister will testify!). I have kept all of Tabarlow’s pieces, and every so often I get them out (so tiny!) and have a little cuddle…
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H&M Striped Jersey Leggings (6 months-2 years)
Never underestimate the power of the navy and white striped legging. Every little girl should have at least one pair in her wardrobe at all times. Tabs has been wearing them since she was baby, and wears them week in, week out. They go with pretty much everything (I particularly love them when worn with a floral printed blouse), and always look cute and stylish. They are particularly useful when it’s this kind of uncertain weather – when you’re not sure whether it’s quite warm enough to bust out a Summer dress (it rarely is). They look so sweet with sandals or hi-tops. These ones are an amazing price, and are made from 100% organic cotton. I would definitely recommend buying a couple of pairs in one hit. I often buy Tabitha’s from Gap too. And as we all know, you can never have too many Breton stripes.
This is not the first time Gap and Diane von Furstenberg have joined forces, but in my opinion, it’s definitely the best. I must confess, bright colours and clashing prints are not normally my thing (or Tabs’ seeing as I buy and police her wardrobe!), but I love this collection, and it’s so perfect for Summer (when you really want a good print). I’ve picked out some of my favourite pieces for you, but there is tons more to choose from. I really love this blue and white printed playsuit (how cute with simple, flat sandals?), which I homed in on immediately at the press breakfast last week. And this easy t-shirt dress (which comes in other colours too, as do most of the pieces in the collection) will be worn into the ground once Summer decides to put in an appearance. And I can definitely see these yellow heart print leggings with a grey tee or sweatshirt. Ok, so Diane might not approve of how I might deconstruct her ‘clashing vision’, but then that’s what I love (and admire) about her clothes – you can go as crazy or as low-key as you like, and they always work. And the fantastic thing about this particular Gap Kids collaboration, is that it covers such a broad range of ages, from toddlers right up to teens. Perfect. I know my ten year old neice will love some of the pieces as much as Tabitha (for different reasons). And as much as I loved the Peter Rabbit collection, I still feel sad every time I see this white broderie anglaise dress, knowing that Tabitha will always be too big for it. Ok, time to get over it – it’s been months now…
Lötiekids is a new discovery for me, but one that I really feel is quite special, and that I’m really excited to share with you. It’s a gorgeous little capsule collection from Spain of stylish, easy-to-wear basics in lovely, soft, stretchy cotton. Many of the pieces feature charming, original little prints such as this bicycle one, which I particularly love. I also love this pretty, dusky-pink (always one of my favourites, but generally not that easy to find on the high street). These are not necessarily designed to be pyjamas, but I always find it so difficult (a nightmare in fact) to find nice girl’s ones, that I thought this set would make the ideal pair for Tabitha for the Summer. But they also double up as lovely separates to wear every day. How clever! They also do great printed sleepsuits that go up to age three (super-cosy). Love!
1. Lötiekids printed top (1 month-5 years) £13.50 lotiekids.com
2. Lötiekids printed leggings (1 month-5 years) £13.50 lotiekids.com
Du Pareil Au Meme Printed Blouse (1-23 months)
This is one of my favourite tops that I’ve ever bought for Tabs. I bought it from one of the DPAM stores (love, love, love this store!) in Paris last February during Fashion Week, and she is still wearing it now (it’s size 18 months, and she was two in January!). It’s such a pretty print and always looks cool with jeans or leggings. I always buy this style of blouse in a much bigger size, then they can evolve from little dresses worn with knitted tights to tunic/smock tops, to, erm, tops that are probably a bit on the small side, but still look cute… Oh and by the way, I know on the website it says that the sizing is not in months, but as a rough guide, that’s always worked for me. I’m so excited it’s still available! Wear with…
1. Du Pareil Au Meme Printed Blouse £14.00 dpam.com
2. H&M Spotty Leggings £3.99 hm.com
3. Bella’s Bows Hair Bow £3.99 panachekids.com
4. Hampton Classics Nantucket Sandals £14.99 trotters.co.uk
I have news, and it’s exciting! Diane von Furstenberg and Gap are launching a girls’ collection on 28th March, and I’ve had a sneak preview, and can tell you it’s fantastic. It has been cleverly designed as a little bit ‘mini mummy’, but not too much. These are just a couple of my favourite pieces. I love, love, love these heart print sandals (yes, I’m slightly obsessed, it’s true)! They will look so cute with jeans or simple sun dresses. And how cool are these leggings? I would style them with a navy cashmere sweater/long sleeved t-shirt, or even a simple white smock top once it’s a bit warmer. And this is just a taste of things to come. Other pieces to scope out are the gorgeous print dresses, capri pants and the swimwear. As you would expect from DVF, the prints feature heavily (hibiscus and leaf), and are all super-cute, and in gorgeous colours. And there are some great accessories too. There’s even a printed nappy bag! The collection starts from newborn and goes right up to age 14, and prices start from just £9.95. These will be great pieces to buy and keep. I still have pieces from the Stella McCartney/Gap collaboration that I bought for the twins when I was pregnant. I still love them now, and have passed on the boys’ things to my sister for my nephew. So you better make a note in your diary to get down to your nearest Gap next Wednesday (preferably first thing!). Or stay at home in your pyjamas and log on if you can’t face the scrum…