Barbour McQueen Sweatshirt (xxs-xxl)
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I love a sweatshirt (preferably grey marl Alexander Wang). Marlow loves a sweatshirt (preferably grey marl, but as yet, not too fussy about the label). And long may it last. The humble sweatshirt is effortlessly cool, and I can’t seem to stop finding great ones wherever I look. These are some of my favourites around at the moment, starting with this super-cool, faded print Steve McQueen one from Barbour. I’m also loving this Peanuts one from Uniqlo; this ‘boom’ one from Stella McCartney; this H&M plain charcoal one (always a classic along with a grey marl); this contrast one from Zara; this cool quilted one from Next; this striped one from Next; and finally this Mini Boden waffle one (in grey);
ps: these Mango plain cashmere crew necks are still available in the sale. I ordered two navy ones for Marlow (one for now, one for next year) that just arrived yesterday (along with his Monsoon robot sunglasses), and he’s weaing one today. I really like that they are a really fine-knit, so ideal for this unpredictable weather (and they look really expensive).
pps: don’t forget, it’s Mama Spree tomorrow!
Next Ochre Printed Sweatshirt (3 months-6 years)
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I love pretty much everything about this sweatshirt, but specifically the colour (that gorgeous golden-yellow that always looks expensive) and the fact that it’s 100% cotton. In fact, Next had quite a few cool pieces that caught my eye when I was browsing recently. I like these boys’ boots too.
I have been getting requests from mums of little boys who refuse to wear jumpers, despite the recent temperatures. Marlow can be tricky about jumpers too (I think it’s all the charging around they do – they get so hot…), so I try to buy long sleeved ‘tops’ that are a bit warmer than a regular long sleeved t-shirt, and will almost always layer a cashmere cardigan over when we go out. His Cos charcoal cashmere one is still my favourite, but sadly seems to be unavailable now – I will endeavour to hunt out a replacement, but this Brora navy one is the closest I could find today). So here are a few tops that are a bit more substantial than just a long sleeved t-shirt, but aren’t too warm… Starting with this Mini Boden long sleeved top (I like the grey and the navy); this Alice a Paris fine knit sweater (should be light enough to avoid a morning meltdown); this Cos double-layer sweatshirt (I’ve seen it in the store – it’s a sort of sweatshirt-t-shirt hybrid); this John Lewis striped sweater; and I love, love love these Henley style sweaters from Mango (I will be buying both colours for Marlow).
Lands End Flannel Tunic (6-12 years)
The high street (as were the catwalks before that) is awash with various tartan and plaid prints. I love this smock style top (so easy to wear) with its cute heart-shaped patch pockets. Size-up, then it can be worn at as a little dress with knitted tights before it morphs into a top. I like that it can also be dressed down with jeans to feel bit more grungy. This chambray version is also great if you don’t fancy the tartan…
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ps: all the details of the babyGap/Little Spree event at the flagship store on Oxford Street will be revealed on Tuesday. I can’t wait to meet you all (and your gorgeous little ones) next Friday!
H&M Long Sleeved T-shirt (1-10 years)
As you know, I’m not normally a fan of ‘gimmicky’ clothes, but I just couldn’t resist this cute (technical term: trompe l’oeil) t-shirt. Perfect for a bit of tongue-in-cheek chic on special occasions…
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ps: this little number is rather cute too…
pps: If you have a baby aged between 0-24 months, and live in the London area (or feel like a trip to London?), come and see me at the Gap flagship store on Oxford Street for an exciting Baby Gap/Little Spree event on Friday 29th November. I will the there all day, and would love to meet you (and your gorgeous little ones!). That’s all I’m allowed to tell you at the moment, but all the (exciting) details will be revealed nearer the time, so watch this space… It’s going to be fun!
Gap Star Bow Blouse (0-24 months)
Such a pretty, but simple blouse (love the tiny star print, and the bow detail). Perfect with skinny jeans/cords. Add a muted colour knit, such as this cardigan from Cyrllius, for extra warmth when needed (today!!).
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ps: a date for your diary: Friday 29th November. If you are in London, come and see me at the Gap flagship store on Oxford Street, where I will be working on a special in-store Baby Gap event. I will give you all the details a little nearer the time. It’s exciting!
pps: I actually popped into my local Gap this afternoon, and noticed that there is currently 30% off on all kids’ outerwear. I picked up this super-cosy puffa coat for Marlow – his navy pea is no longer cutting it now the chill has set in…
Louise Misha Nuage Frilled Sweatshirt (2-6 years)
This gorgeous sweatshirt really reminds me of Miu Miu one I shot (and was a little obsessed with) a while back when I was at Glamour. I love the concept of a pretty sweatshirt, and this one is perfect.
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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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Alice a Paris Tunisian T-Shirt (2-10 years)
I just love these simple ‘Grandad’ style t-shirts for boys, and this one is one of the best I’ve seen. It’s a great fit, and also comes in white, (and not one, but two shades of grey!), and for £11.00, I’ll definitely be buying more than one for Marlow. I would recommend sizing up and just rolling the sleeves up (as shown here) to last the Winter and beyond… And perfect for this ‘not quite cold enough for a full-on jumper yet’ weather.
Indikidual Chambray Top With Button Back (6 months-6 years)
This post is dedicated entirely to one Ms Des Lewis. She emailed me last night to say she had bought this adorable top for her one year old daughter, Missy. I of course, love it! How could you not love it? I have not been hunting for stylish bargains this month for Little Spree due to holidays and house guests, but when one as good as this lands in my lap/inbox, it would just be selfish of me not to share. I love a bit of chambray (not quite denim, not quite cotton…) because it’s just that little bit more girly than denim. I love the simplicity of this top, and the buttons down the back are just perfect. Here are two other fab chambray finds (also courtesy of the lovely Des) from Zara (I want this!) and Cos (yes please!). Des assures me that the Cos shirt looks better in real life, but I think it looks pretty great in the picture! Anyway, I have come to the conclusion that not only does chambray look cool, it is also a great Autumn fabric – a little thicker than your regular cotton, but still cool enough for those late, warm end of Summer/early Autumn days…
Zara T-Shirt With Bow (3-36 months)
We all need the ‘go to’ basics in our wardrobe for every day (after all, we can’t be ‘busting a look’ 24/7 can we?). I love that this is described as a ‘basic tee’, but it is so much more, thanks to the gorgeous bow detail. So it’s an ‘every day’ top, but a little bit more special. I love that about Zara Kids – always great little finishing touches. It also comes in a whole range of other colours – navy, off-white, ‘brick’ and charcoal (I’m sure you can guess which ones I’ll be buying), and for £4.99 you’d be crazy not to buy a few. Love!
Hedgehog Breton T-Shirt (age 2-10 years)
The website describes this particular Breton as being of ‘superior quality’ and I believe them. It’s made in France, and has all the key, traditonal details of the classic Breton – boat neck, long sleeves and a close fitting navy stripe on white. And 100% cotton. It’s defintiely ticking all my boxes!
ps: apologies if you’ve dropped off reading this. I’m afraid my breton obsession is not showing any signs of abating… Zzzzzzzzzz…
Beau Love Star Print long Sleeved T-Shirt (12 months-4 years)
The perfect antidote to the Breton stripe. Should you need one.
Cyrillus Baby Grandad T-Shirt (6-36 months)
Sometimes known as a ‘Henley’, the ‘Grandad’ (my description of choice) style top is always a firm favourite of mine for little boys. Simple, stylish, and perfect for now…
Bobo Choses Petit Grocery T-Shirt (6-9 years)
I love these t-shirts from Bobo Choses. I popped into Fenwicks (one of my favourite stores in London) on Monday to buy a present for my friend’s new baby (their kids’ department is fantastic – they have the best toys/clothes/gift ideas), and they had this t-shirt, and it’s so cool. I’m generally a bit phobic about any kids’ clothing with pictures on, but Bobo Choses always get it spot-on.
Autograph Embroidered Blouse (12 months-7 years)
As I’m writing this (in Ibiza – I’m here working on a shoot), I’ve just realised that I am wearing a very similar top (a cream cheesecloth version from H&M with a pair of denim cut-offs), so no one can argue that I don’t practise what I preach! I always love a pretty long sleeved blouse, and I love them most when paired with something a bit more casual and scruffy. This one has gorgeous details, such as the floral embroidery, the pin tucking and gathering, and the buttons down the back… So at the risk of morphing my daughter into a ‘mini me’ (like that would ever happen!), I will be snapping one up for Tabitha in the very near future (and yes, she does have a pair of denim cut-offs…).
Cyrllius Baby Sailor Top (6-36 months)
Now that we have (finally!) ditched the Winter layers, Tabarlow are starting to bust out their Summer clothes. But this weather is still a little unpredictable (I’m covering all bases today in denim cut-offs, cashmere jumper and Chanel ballet pumps…), so it’s the perfect time to introduce a few cotton long sleeved t-shirts into their little wardrobes. I always find them so useful, particularly for nursery when the temperature can change dramatically from drop-off to pick-up. This is a great one from Cyrillus, and I can can see both Marlow and Tabitha wearing it. And I never, ever tire of navy and white stripes…
ps: just popped into Gap and saw this adorable cheesecloth baby girl’s dress. Just had to share it!
Topshop Mini Geek Tee (3-18 months)
I’m not entirely sure what constitutes a ‘geeky’ baby, but this cute tee made me smile when I saw it. It could be a funny gift for any new ‘Baby Einstein/flash card’ style parents perhaps? Not sure they would necessarily get the joke though…
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…
Pequeno Tocon Leather Ribbon Top (3-6 months)
I want this top! I want it for me. I want it for Tabitha. I am obsessed with this top! But sadly neither of us is eligible – we’re just too big. But if you have a baby girl aged between three and six months, this is your lucky day. This is the perfect top. The shade of powder pink (so on-trend for Autumn/Winter 2013-14 , you have no idea…), the fine leather bow, the fluted sleeves… I could go on, but I won’t. Honestly, why doesn’t this come in my size?? Anyway, just to be clear, if you know a baby that can wear this top, buy it for them – it’s the cutest/coolest top ever. It’s that simple.
Tootsa MacGinty Striped ‘Joe’ Sweatshirt
So there are some sweatshirts worth buying that aren’t grey? Who knew? Love the (non-primary) colours of this one, and that it’s still a classic sweatshirt style. And a fantastic price. Loving the Tootsa.
£15.00 (was £25.00) tootsamacginty.com
ps: just had a quick count up, and out of the last 20 posts, six have included stripes!! Conclusion? I love a stripe! Hope you do too…