Emma Levine Boy’s Striped Shirt (0-12 months)
Love the style of this striped shirt. A little bit hippie, but not too much (you have to be careful with boys’ clothes and the whole hippie thing…). I don’t find it easy finding shirts that I like (somehow they always look either too ‘laddy’ or too preppy…), but this one ticks all the boxes, and is on my shopping list for Marlow. When I came across it, I also noticed that this ’Joanie’ dress of Tabitha’s that I posted a while back is still available (just slightly different colours from Tabs’). It was possibly one of my favourite dresses on her ever. I loved it! I would buy her another one, but sadly she’s too big for it now (it only goes up to 24 months, although she wore it until she was almost three). Oh well, I’m sure they will be other dresses…
Cos Checked Flannel Shirt (1-8 years)
I always love a checked shirt, but I particularly love the ones Cos do for boys because they are just a little more refined than your average ‘lumberjack’ style. Marlow has one that is identical in style to this one, just different colours, that he has lived in. I posted it back in April actually. I love that it is collarless (a little bit different, and somehow, more modern), and that the shape is loose. It’s also super-soft cotton flannel. I like Marlow’s best when he wears it with his pale grey skinny jeans. Sometimes with a cashmere cardigan over the top. Anyway, I will be buying him this one as a replacement (loving these colours…). Another thing (there are many) that I love about Cos is that they tend to stock the same pieces for quite a long time. So when I find favourites, I tend to repeat-buy and buy them for gifts too.
Mothercare Checked Shirt With Elbow Patches (18 months-8 years)
Good to see a green checked shirt for a change. And I absolutely love anything with elbow patches (these ones are corduroy – nice). They always look cool no matter what. A great, stylish boy’s shirt at a fab price. Done.
H&M Checked Shirt (1-8 years)
I spotted this the other day when I was in H&M buying a couple of really great Jane Birkin-esque crocheted ‘holiday’ dresses (couldn’t decide between the black and the white, so naturally bought both) for me. I would have bought it for Marlow then, but I was rushing to get home after a day at the Red office. But I am definitely going to get him one. It’s so cool. It actually looks very similar to a Marc Jacobs one Marlow’s dad has. And it wasn’t all stiff and starchy (which I often find to be the case with a lot of boys’ shirts). It had a really relaxed, laid-back vibe, which I loved (and still love). And it’s £5.99!
ps: I hit the Petit Bateau sale today in Richmond. They still have some great bits. Definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been already. I got two pairs of pyjamas for Tabitha (I find it so hard to find nice (non-tacky) girls’ ones, whereas Marlow has so many great pairs – my favourites are from The Little White Company and Zara Home Kids), plus a classic Breton A-line dress (she has already had two of the long sleeved version that she wore into the ground), and some super-cute floral print bloomer-style shorts. Sorry Marlow, it just wasn’t your day today…
La Redoute Checked Shirt (18 months-5 years)
I always love what are sometimes referred to as ‘tablecloth checks’. This is a great, classic boy’s shirt from La Redoute. Will look fab with a grey cashmere cardigan, jeans (or shorts) and desert boots (every time I spot a gorgeous, beautifully dressed child in Paris, I can’t help noticing that they are wearing desert boots, so it’s not just me that’s obsessed with them!).
ps: my shopping window was a very small one indeed in the end, so sadly I only managed to pop into Monoprix (but I’m actually coming back to Paris again on Sunday for a few days, so hopefully I’ll be able to carry on where I left off). But I scooped up some really great things, including two absolutely adorable girl’s cotton bikinis from CFK for 17 euros each – one in grey & white stripes, one in grey with tiny white spots (both with smocked tops), a cream spotted long sleeve girl’s blouse with a Peter Pan collar for 18 euros, some fab melamine cups covered in little stars, and some cute spotted plates in the most gorgeous colours. It was a modest one, but overall I was quite pleased with my haul (I have tweeted pics). I got some great kitchen things too, but don’t worry, I won’t bore you with those…
Next Skinny Jeans (3 months-6 years)
I originally bought these jeans for Tabitha, but when I tried them on her, they were far too baggy. So I thought I’d try them on Marlow (I hope my dad is not reading this – I think he’s still traumatised that I dressed Marlow in girls’ knitted tights until he was a year old – girls’ skinny jeans could prove to be a step too far). Anyway, as I have said before, when kids’ jeans are described as ‘skinny’, this usually means a ‘straight leg’ to you and me (although jeggings should definitely be taken at face value, and avoided at all costs, but you probably don’t need me to tell you that). So to cut a long post a little shorter, these jeans look fab on Marlow (and are not too girly or skinny). I love the faded grey colour too. Wish I’d bought two pairs. Wear with…
1. Next Grey Skinny Jeans £9.00-£10.00 next.co.uk
2. Cos Checked Flannel Shirt £30.00 cosstores.com
3. Jones Bootmaker Suede Desert Boots £34.00 jonesbootmaker.com
Mini Club Denim Shirt (6 months-6 years)
I am loving Boots at the moment (who knew?). Honestly, they have some really fab things. And you can’t argue with the ’3 for 2 mix & match’ bargains (plus you can get your Boots points – result!). Now I know I said that I wasn’t a big fan of little boys in shirts, but like the Cos checked one, this has a more relaxed feel to it. I really love the wash of the denim. Would look really cute with a cashmere cardigan (in navy, grey or brown) over the top. Or dare I say it – you could always go for a ‘double denim’ look and wear with a pair of darker wash jeans? I think it would be really cute on a girl too, so Marlow and Tabs might have to share this one!
Cos Check Flannel Shirt (sizes 98-116)
Yes, there are actually still some sale bargains out there, waiting to be snapped up if you’re quick. I bought this shirt for Marlow back in January, but it is still available. I’m not a big fan of shirts on little boys (somehow, they just always end up looking too formal and grown up…), but I really love this one. I like the relaxed fit and the fact that it’s collarless. Love the colours (no brights!!), and it feels really lovely and soft. It’s all about the details. Cos is one of my favourite shopping haunts for kids, but it can be quite pricey. Always check out their sales though – there are definitely bargains to be had.
Was €35.00 (£30.00) Now €18.00 (£15.00) cosstores.com