Gap Leopard Peplum Print One-Piece (12 months-5 years)
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As I sit here typing this, all I can see from my window is wind, rain, and the onset of evening (it’s 4.30pm). Hey ho. But as I skipped through the Gap website just now, all I could see was this, completely adorable all-in-one (I’m filing it under ‘beachwear’) that is simply too cute for words. And all it makes me think of is the Summer and holidays… So although it may be completely inappropriate right now, that just makes me love it all the more! We all need a few daydreams to get us through this never-ending Winter. I will be snapping one of these up for Tabs, hanging it up on display in her room, and dreaming of Summer…
ps: whilst I was busy daydreaming, I also found this gorgeous ‘baby bubble’. Roll on Summer (although this would look super-cute now layered with knitted tights and a cashmere jumper/cardigan)! This is also the perfect time to buy a few baby gifts if any of your friends are pregnant (or perhaps you are?). You can get some amazing things (and not to mention bargains!) in the tail end of the sales, and just stash them away until the due date/s.
pps: and talking of sale bargains, these fab boys’ cashmere crew-neck jumpers from Mango that I posted a while back are now half price. And this striped onesie from The Little White Company was one of my best buys of the Winter (Marlow is already on his second one – he grew out of the first). And it’s now an incredible £6.90 (yes really!) in the sale!! I’m tempted to buy him another one for next Winter…
Mini Rodini Frill Jumpsuit (9 months-5 years)
Another day, another playsuit (or ‘jumpsuit’ as this one is officially called). If only I had such a great selection of pretty playsuits in my Summer wardrobe – they are the only thing for this sweltering heat. I love this gorgeous soft shade of mint green. And the pretty frilled neckline. And the fit is loose and slouchy. The perfect sale bargain for right now.
£22.50 (was £45.00) minirodini.com
ps: having said all that, come the Autumn, your little one can still wear her jumpsuit if you layer a long sleeved (preferably striped) t-shirt underneath. Cute with longevity. Nice.
H&M Printed Playsuit (1.5-8 years)
I bought this for Tabitha a while ago (pre-heat wave), and she’s worn it so many times, and absolutely loves it. I just adore this print (there is a blouse too which is equally cute). I styled it up with a long sleeve Breton underneath for our Wintery June, but obviously now it’s just perfect by itself. I like that the playsuit/jumpsuit/romper/all-in-one (call it what you will) just gives your little one that extra bit of freedom when playing that a dress doesn’t. And of course, they always look so cute just worn with simple sandals (Tabs’ Mini Boden tangerine patent ones look great with this, and are currently on sale). The only downside – not the easiest for those urgent trips to the ladies when you’re out and about (we’ve all been there right?)…
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…
Stella McCartney Kids Romper (1-24 months)
There are still some great bargains around in the sales, and this is most definitely one of them. I tend to steer clear of designer kids’ clothes normally (for all the reasons I mention on the site in ‘about’), but come sale time, it’s a whole different story. Stella Kids always have a great sale, and I have fallen head over heels in love with this romper. It’s just so pretty (and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, you all know how much I love a romper!). Again, sadly Tabs is too big for it now, but for all little girls out there under two, you definitely need this gem in your wardrobe. It would look super-cute with the Boden yellow sandals. Do bear in mind though that Stella’s sizes come up quite tiny, so I would definitely size-up to be safe. So what are you waiting for? If Tabs can’t have it, I would at least like one of your daughters/granddaughters/nieces/goddaughters to!
£31.80 (was £53.00) stellamccartney.co.uk
Mothercare Coral Striped Playsuit (3 months-3 years)
I’m so fed up with this dreary weather. But this super-cute striped playsuit instantly cheered me up. Ok, it’s not exactly suitable to wear at the moment if you happen to live in rainy London (and definitely not if you live in snowy Scotland!), but it’s always nice to daydream about the Summer and holidays… This is just too gorgeous to miss out on, so I would suggest snapping it up now, and putting it away until the sun reappears.