I didn’t know that I wanted blue, fringed, harem trousers for Bailey until I saw this oh-so-cute and cosy pair (they’re made from cotton fleece) from Oaks of Acorn. I’m always looking for an alternative to jeans as, like me, sometimes he wants to wear something soft and loose (‘sloungewear’ as we like to call it), and these trousers tick all the boxes. Worn with hi-tops (see some favourites below) and a hoodie, they’re cool enough to be seen outdoors, but still practical enough to play football in (another big tick for me if it means a break from the Barcelona kit). The hoodie is new in at Boden. If you haven’t seen the latest boys’ knitwear it’s worth taking a look; I’ve just added this grey and green jumper to my Bailey basket. I also like these striped pyjamas. Technically they are for girls, but as they don’t have any frills, flowers or fairies on them (I checked) I’ll keep that small detail to myself.
The leaves on our chestnut tree have begun to turn; a sure sign that Autumn is on the way, but we’re not ready to think about jeans and jumpers just yet. So for that in between stage, before the temperature drops to single digits, we’ll be dressing the boys in a long sleeve top and lightweight trousers such as these from The Animals Observatory (this cool brand is definitely worth a look if you haven’t come across it). I just can’t decide whether to buy the blue/grey or the khaki ones? This Gap jacket is a another great transitional piece (with definite mummy mini-me potential). It’s quite thin, so good for layering and I love that it has a hood hidden in the collar (I’d say that the sizing is quite generous – I bought XS for Bailey). If you can’t bring yourself to pack away summer sandals just yet, they would still work well with this outfit, but for those of you who have children with a name that begins with the letter ‘M’ (like, er Marlow for example, although we love them for girls too) these trainers would be a great way to ease back into shoes…
1. Emile et Ida T-shirt (3 months-12 years) £16.49 (was £23.56)
2. Louis Louise crepe trousers (3-24 months) £22.75 (were £28.44)
3. Little Mary Nubuck Sandals (sizes 19-24) £44.85 (were £56.06)
Harem pant, cool t-shirt and sweet sandals: the perfect Summer toddler boy outfit. So cute, but still comfortable and practical. In fact, it’s pretty much the perfect Summer outfit for little boys of any age. Both Marlow and Bailey have versions of this outfit – for older boys, just swap in these Gazelle trousers (tried and rested by our boys) and these fisherman sandals.
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: I always bought Bailey Pom D’api sandals when he was a toddler; I just noticed that these super cute light grey, silver and dark grey ones are all on sale. NHC
1. Monsoon Toby Tuxedo Suit, £55.00 2. Adidas Stan Smith Trainers, £36.99
Of all the outfits at a wedding, the one for page boys can be the most difficult to get right. It’s just so much harder to achieve the right amount of formality whilst also ensuing comfort (i.e. no fidgetting) and style, than for bridesmaids/flower girls. With that in mind, as well as our favourite suits, we thought it would be helpful to highlight pieces that we think work well together and can be used to smarten up or tone down an outfit; a sort of mix and match approach.
Starting with one of our favourite looks: the ‘mini tux’. You may remember we featured this navy suit in the Little Shop at Christmas as a party outfit – well it works for weddings too. In fact, page boy-to-be Bailey will be wearing this exact outfit at a friend’s wedding this Summer and I can’t rate it highly enough. The material is soft (no stiff collars), it fits well and comes with the little cotton shirt and bow tie pictured (and I can confirm no fidgeting required). If you need a black tux this one from Marks and Spencer is a good option and for a tuxedo jacket alone, try this one from Next. One of our other favourite pieces is this stand out Little Marc Jacobs shirt with bow tie. It would look super cute worn casually with these shorts, or more formally with these suit trousers (with optional jacket). Alternatively, and for something a little more casual switch in this shirt, these sandals or these trousers with braces from Next into the mix.
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: if you know a groom that needs pointing in the right direction, we discovered some really well made, well priced mens suits at the M&S press day. We like this tuxedo and this navy suit. For grooms looking for a modern look, this ASOS tuxedo and suit are well worth a try.
This is exactly the sort of outfit we dressed our children in when they were babies (including Tabitha – we love navy for girls). It’s simple, stylish and these footed leggings mean no sock or shoe requirements. A perfect prêt-à-porter outfit for those busy or tired days when adding two extra items into the mix has the potential to push you over the edge. It also avoids the trouser tug-of-war to keep their little legs warm because their trousers have ridden up above their socks. If any of this sounds all too familiar, don’t worry, you’re not limited to one pair, they also come in ivory and pink.
I bought Marlow the first version of this little set just after Christmas. I spotted it and just loved it straight away (as you know, we’re both big fans of the drop-crotch/harem/slounge pant for our boys. As the mama of a very ‘fabric fussy’ six year old boy, I knew it would pass the Marlow litmus test, as Tabitha already has a few of the Numero 74 dresses in the same super-soft fabric. I initially bought them for him to wear in the Summer months, but he’s already been wearing them as pyjamas (and the pants with cashmere jumpers) as they are so comfy to wear. Bailey now has a set too, and I’m tempted to order Marlow another (they come in other gorgeous colours such as this grey blue and grey. So once we decided to post about them, we then discovered that they also came in this pretty ‘powder’ pink (above), so they also make the perfect his ‘n hers Sumer outfits. Honestly, we literally cannot get enough of Numero 74 right now.
We love the cute star and stripe prints of Sleepy Doe pyjamas, and the fact that they’re designed and produced in the UK using sustainable and ethical manufacturing methods. But our favourite thing about this lovely new brand is their ‘doeliveries’: locally purchased products are delivered by founder Sophie Woodrow’s partner, Dan, on his bike!