Zara Printed Hareem Pants (3-36 months) How great are these? And they definitely have a bit of an Isabel Marant ‘luxe hippie’ feel to them. Perfect for warm weather when you fancy a change from dresses/jeans. Lovely and loose and comfy. I love the print and the tie waist. I would probably style them with some kind of grey or white top, most likely a grey sweatshirt (I picked up a great one with a cute little white frilled hem for Tabs from H&M recently – sorry not on their website annoyingly). I bought myself a great printed pair quite similar to these from Zara Home that are officially pyjamas bottoms…). So easy to wear, and they look great with a tan flat sandal… Just saying. £9.99 zara.com
Alice à Paris Baby Tousers (1-18 months) Love these. They definitely have that French feel/design to them, and I love them equally for baby boys and girls. I really like the loose cut (so ‘French’, and let’s face it, no one wants to see a baby dressed in jeggings…), the pockets, and the little twill tie at the waist. So cool and easy to wear. And will look great with pretty much every kind of top. I can’t get enough of Alice à Paris! £22.00 aliceaparis.com
F&F Blue Chinos (12 months-7 years) These are the perfect ‘Spring trouser’ (and I don’t generally find it that easy to find good boys’ trousers…). Lightweight, great colour, good shape… I would give these a little cuff and style them with a relaxed fit grey marl t-shirt. I have picked up a few really great F&F things from Tesco before. You should take a look next time you find yourself in one of the larger stores. You might be surprised (as I was) at what you find… £6.00 clothingattesco.com
Zara Cargo Trousers (3-36 months) I bought Marlow a pair similar to this from Next a few months ago, and he’s just started wearing them (loads), and I love them on him. Poor boy – he usually just rotates his Gap (girls’) skinny jeans (he had three identical pairs at the last count), then occasionally wears his Bonpoint (purchased at the fabulous sale store in Paris last year) blue striped trousers. So not a whole lot of options there. A pair of khaki cargo trousers will slide effortlessly into a cool, neutral boys’ wardrobe (or drawer in Marlow’s case) because they go with pretty much anything (as they would in your own wardrobe). I particularly like them worn with a long sleeved Breton tee, or a navy jumper. Marlow also wears his with his various grey marl sweatshirts (four at the last count: H&M, Next and two from Cos). Just think of them as a lightweight jean, and style them accordingly (I would also recommend a pair for yourself – great with a little turn-up with either flats or high sandals…). £17.99 zara.com
ps: I don’t need to say how cool they would also be on little girls do I?
No Added Sugar ‘Roley Poley’ Grey Marl Trousers (3-24 months) How cute are these baby trousers (this is the back view by the way)? And the fact that they are made from 100% cotton sweatshirt? And that they are actually called ‘roley poley’ trousers? And can we just discuss the adorable little ‘peekaboo’ bunny coming out of the back pocket?? This is why people have more babies… £32.00 noaddedsugar.com
Petit Bateau Boy’s Striped ‘Serge’ Trousers (3-12 years)
I love that these trousers are called ‘Serge’, presumably after Serge Gainsberg (when he was cool, rather than old and a little bit creepy…)? Great shape, and loving the faded stripes. A great option for boys who wear the exact same pair of (Gap, girls) skinny jeans day in, day out to nursery (Marlow). I need a pair of these (for me and for Marlow)! £45.50 petit-bateau.co.uk
H&M Striped Jeans (8-14+ years)
Love, love, love these! A great (and super-cool) alternative to a regular skinny jean. Plus the monochrome trend is HUGE for Spring/Summer (look out of my Monochrome story coming out in the April issue of Red…). I’m just cross that these don’t come in Tabitha’s size… £12.99 hm.com
I love Mini Boden. Fact. I have almost used an entire pack of post-its (mini neon pink ones if you’re interested?) ear-marking all my favourite things that I am planning on ordering. Fact. I just think the collections are getting better and better each season. Fact. I’ve even ordered a super-cool Johnnie b beach cover-up for myself – you really should check out the Johnnie b collection for yourself!). Fact. Anyway, I’m poised, ready to put my order in for the new season, but in the meantime, here are some of my absolute favourite pieces from the Spring collection. And here’s the best bit. Now you have a chance to get your hands on some too! Thanks to our lovely friends at Boden (and they really are lovely – even the people who take your order on the phone are super-friendly) you have a chance of winning one of these eight pieces. All you have to do is choose your favourite item (from the eight I’ve selected here), then click on the pink link below to select the exact size you would like, then go to ‘comments’ below this post. Then simply state the item and size and how your lucky little one is going to wear it/them if you win. Then eight winners will be selected at random and announced here on Friday 1st March. It’s that easy. Good luck!
Gap Bow Printed Skinny Jeans (6 months-5 years)
Is this not the perfect seque from my last post? From a single bow hair clip to a pair of skinny jeans literally covered in bows! Told you I was an addict. These are almost a bit kitsch for my taste, but I just think they are so cute (in that ‘cool cute’ way that is very hard to call sometimes…). I also love the shape and fit of Gap’s skinny jeans (and always buy them for Tabitha), so I know they will look great. I would style these with a grey cable knit jumper (in fact, now I come to think of it, Tabs has one from Gap!) or a simple sweatshirt. Nothing too ‘glitzy’ (yeah, like Tabs has anything even remotely glitzy that’s not confined to the dressing-up box!) or girly. And I might add a pair of hi-tops or an ankle-boot. What I’m trying to say is, steer clear of anything too girly or sweet with these – think ‘cute tomboy’ and they will look adorable. £17.95 gap.eu
ps: just realised that these are very similar to a pair of Topshop cropped cigarette pants that I have from last Summer. Pale pink with little black hearts all over them (they sound a bit Timmy Mallet, but honestly, they are really cool). I would only ever wear them with a navy or grey cashmere jumper or a slouchy grey or white t-shirt. If you tone down the cute/fun element, they look really great. Actually, where are those trousers..?
La Redoute Baby Girl’s Blouse, Gilet & Hareem Pants Outfit (newborn-2 years)
Such a chic little layered look. How cute is the faux fur gilet? And I always love these hareem-style trousers for babies. Love everything about this folk-inspired outfit (including the fact that it’s sold as an outfit!). It’s a no-brainer. £23.00 laredoute.co.uk
Vertbaudet Sailor Sweater & Trousers (1-18 months)
If you’re quick, you can still get your mitts on this cute little (100% organic) number. Love the colours, and the layered feel of the trousers. Just the right combination of style and comfort that we come to expect from our French friends. Who needs stylists when you can buy ‘ready made’ outfits as gorgeous as this? Hmm… £17.00 laredoute.co.uk
French Connection Denim Boys Trousers (0-18 months)
As much as I love these, I don’t think I would necessarily spend £38.00 on a pair for Marlow. But it’s January and the sales are on, and they are now an absolute bargain at just £9.50! They are a great baby trouser for when you’re fed up with regular jeans or cords. And I love this colour. It would be a great idea to buy a couple of pairs (at this price, it almost be would be crazy not to!) in different sizes. You’d better be quick though – they are selling out fast! £9.50 (were £38.00) frenchconnection.com
Zara Chino Style Trousers (3-36 months)
These are just a great shape and style (and colour!). Skinny, but not too skinny – just a cool tapered leg with a cute little turn-up (oh, and the all-important adjustable waistband!). These will look great with a grey marl sweatshirt and the old faithful desert boots (the boots that just keep on giving!). £15.99 zara.com
Emma Levine Pale Pink Skinny Trousers (2-9 years)
As you know, I do struggle with pink sometimes (ok, that’s a lie – make that most of the time), but if that pink is the ‘right pink’ it can look super-cool. Tabs has quite a few pairs of dusky-pink cords and jeans, which I absolutely love on her (I can’t dress the poor girl in navy and grey all the time!), and these are about to be added to her collection. Such a great shape! And these kind of skinny trousers always look great worn with pretty smock tops and blouses (wear these ones with a neutral colour for best results!). Yep, still loving Emma Levine! £35.00 emmalevine.net
F&F Baby Cord Trousers (0-18 months)
Love the colour (a cross between nude and the palest of pinks) of these sweet baby cords. So stylish, who would ever guess they came from a supermarket? Tabitha actually had a very similar pair to this from Bonpoint (a gift) when she was a baby. I’ve actually found a few gems for Tabarlow and my nephew, ‘Baby James’ in Tesco recently (and the prices are hard to beat). These would look adorable with a grey/navy/beige jumper or cardigan. Who says cheap can’t be chic? £7.00 clothingattesco.com
John Lewis Baby Corduroy Trousers (0-18 months) These may not look particularly exciting in this picture, but I have seen them in store and they are really cute. Just a really simple, stylish trouser for babies, that are easy to get on and off thanks to the elasticated waistband (who needs buttons and zips anyway?). I love the needle ‘baby’ cord, and they are lovely and soft (100% cotton thank you very much). Not too skinny, but not too baggy either. Perfect. £12.00 johnlewis.com
Mini Boden Checked Simple Trousers (0-4 years)
As you already know I am all over the Mini Boden Autumn/Winter collection, and in fact, placed a big order for Tabarlow just yesterday. These trousers were on my (rather large) list. I am so fussy about prints for boys, Marlow is rarely seen in anything other than a stripe, or possibly a check when it comes to trousers. These are quite colourful for me, but I just love them. I can really see them with a navy or grey cashmere jumper this Winter (they definitely need to be worn with something plain and neutral). I also ordered the ticking stripe version, which are great too. One of the things I love about Mini Boden is the little practical details – the smaller/baby sizes of these are cut a little looser to accomadate a nappy, and then the bigger sizes are a slimmer cut and are lined. I also like that they just have a no-fuss elasticated waistband (particularly useful for babies and potty training toddlers). Can’t wait for them to arrive now… £16.00-£18.00 boden.co.uk
Next Grey Spot Skinny Jeans (3 months-6years) Printed jeans are all over the place at the moment (I’m still loving the Current Elliot faded leopard print ones…), and this is a really cool pair from Next. It’s getting to the end of ‘Summer’ and I’m starting to think less about Summer dresses and sandals and more about cool skinny jeans and jumpers (I think I’m talking about myself and Tabs now). I love that these are a little different from your average skinnies, but will still go with loads of things because of the neutral grey. Tabs will be rocking hers with a little blouse and hi-tops. Cute. £10.00-£11.00 next.co.uk
La Redoute Boy’s Straight Cut Trousers (18 months-4 years) Now you know how obsessed I am with grey skinny jeans (Tabarlow live in theirs), so I’m always on the hunt for cool new ones. I saw this pair by La Redoute and loved them. They are officially a skinny trouser, but they look very much like jeans to me. They are a great shape, and have cool flap pockets on the back. The best thing about them? They will look good with everything in their little wardrobes (ok, so Tabarlow don’t actually have a wardrobe – they share a chest of drawers, but anyway…). £17.00 reredoute.co.uk
Stella McCartney Kids ‘Drew’ Baby Trousers (1-24 months) These are such a great find. The ultimate ‘baby trouser’. Stylish, comfortable, light, easy to get on and off, and a little bit different from your average trouser. And not to mention, so cool! Love the cheesecloth ‘crinkle cotton’, and the colours are spot-on (‘thistle’ and ‘cosmos’ – they even sound great). These would make the perfect holiday trousers for your little one/s. Once again, sadly Tabarlow (how cute would they have looked in both colours?) have outsized these, but if they were a little younger I would definitely be snapping up both pairs! £22.20 (were £37.00) stellamccartney.co.uk
ps: back from Cornwall now. We had such an amazing time. And the sun is shining in London today too! Off to New York next week to shoot for Red, so need to get back into work mode… Lots to do!