The Fashion Magpie La Coqueta Kids Smocked Set

Party Dresses for Your Mini.

I recently attended a first birthday party with mini and — I don’t mean to brag — but was stopped no fewer than four times by mothers asking where I’d found mini’s outfit.  She was wearing this Luli + Me bubble, these Elephantito mary janes, Condor kneesocks, and this scalloped-hem cardigan.  When I can’t sleep, I go down deep rabbit holes searching for darling dresswear for mini, and often find myself in obscure European e-boutiques, where the shipping costs an arm and a leg but the designs are BEYOND.  I thought I’d share a couple of recent items I’ve purchased and/or added to my shopping list:

+I splurged on this La Coqueta set (shown above) — mini had one last summer, too, and I adored it on her.  They’re actually rather versatile in that they’re breezy enough for summer, but I also transitioned the top into fall by pairing with leggings and booties!

+A pair of Bambi bow shoes — I have searched high and low for a stockist in the U.S. but have come up dry!  I may need to splurge on these from abroad, but am thinking I’ll wait until mini’s a little older for her first pair.

+A pair of Pretty Originals bow socks.  I also can’t find these stocked anywhere in America — magpies, let me know if you can!

+One of my readers introduced me to Olivier Baby and I’m smitten with all of the Liberty London prints — especially this dress style.  They sell out fast, and I was unable to find a dress in mini’s size, so I went with this bloomer set, which I’m in love with.  (Also, from a practical standpoint — mini still crawls quite a bit, and dresses are a huge impediment to her right now!)

+I am dying over this sweet coral dress with its precious collar and this darling smock set — I’m bummed TheTot doesn’t carry either because La Coqueta charges $27 in shipping to the U.S., which is a major deterrent, unless you spend over $300, and then it’s free.  (Maybe pool together with other mamas to make it happen?!)

+This swiss dot bubble is so sweet.

+Ugh, this Mebi gingham check!  Too adorable.

+Everything at Alexandros Kids is to die for — and also very spend-y.  I have my eye on this dress for a special occasion over the summer.  (That bow!)

+Everything about this is magical — fit for a princess!

+I ordered this sailor dress from a Portuguese vendor on Etsy last summer and mini looked like a doll baby in it.

+Swooning over the deep hydrangea blue of this smocked bubble.

+I ordered this cardigan in white, and am thinking I might need it in the other two colors as well.

+Just waiting for the new Liberty prints at Jacadi to go on sale…how sweet is this?!

+Every mini needs a little Lilly in her life — this is mini’s for the summer.

+This smocked toile bubble is everything.

+This is timeless.  I feel like babies wore this in 1962, 1982, 2002, and will wear it in 2022.

+I would love to buy mini one of these Oso + Me scalloped dresses.

+Luli and Me is still a go-to brand for me — how darling is this?

P.S.  Not for dress up, but I am in love with these sneakers for mini.

P.P.S.  Love the idea of dressing up an inexpensive white outfit — mini owns some white leggings from Primary and a white frilly top from Gap — with a big Lilly bow.

P.P.P.S.  Beaufort Bonnet Company vibes for less!

7 Comments

  1. Love, love, love these ideas. Bookmarking both for my future niece (due in September!) and my best friend’s daughter, whose first birthday party I am attending in NYC in July. So many good options, especially that La Coqueta set!

    I already bought my niece a strawberry-print set from Jacadi as well as a couple of Liberty-print pieces … [insert heart eyes here]

    1. What a lucky little niece! So fun to shop for baby girls. La Coqueta has such exquisite, well-made pieces…a little vote of endorsement for that brand from me! xo

  2. Girl, red alert – Jacadi is having a sale for Memorial Day! Those bloomers you linked are 25% off. Andddd $300 later… 🙂

  3. I have an Etsy shop with smocked dresses. I also work to design for my customers and their ideas. Www. Etsy.com/shop/Sherrycustomcreative

    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Sherry! Such darling pieces! I especially love that little smocked dress with the floral print…adorable!

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