*Image above from La Coqueta. I adore this coat and am hoping they bring it back in additional colors — ideally navy and pink! — this fall, though the burgundy is fetching, too…
On the heels of planning mini’s back to school look, I started to draw up a list of other fall must-haves for her in my handy Leuchtterm notebook, aka my constant companion as I barrel through my days, jotting down thoughts and adding to lists and doodling in it while on phone calls. So far, I have these items on my tick-list and top contenders alongside:
+Raincoat — I love the ones by Petit Bateau (mini owned one as a baby), as they are made to last and lined in soft cotton, but you can get one that is close to identical at Gap, which I have also purchased mini in sizes past, and from Hiheart for even less (<<have not yet tried this brand but intrigued based on reviews and price!). What I like about the traditional yellow slicker is that it works for either gender so micro can wear mini’s hand-me-down one day. That said, mini currently owns a pink patterned raincoat from TBBC (boy version here) that she has just now outgrown that she has looked precious in! I am likely going to go with the Amazon HiHeart this go around, just to see.
+Dress coat — In seasons past, my two favorite dress coats for mini were this knit Foque (with the little hat — OMG, she was such a dumpling!) and this knit, fur-collar Mayoral (which mini owned in impractical white). She has now sized out of the up-to-36-month sizing of both brands and I am looking for something new and inspiring. My current frontrunner is this lovely LaCoqueta (seen above), which I am assuming they will re-stock closer to autumn, but also remember when Prince George wore that amazing wool coat similar to this? Here is a similar version for girls — the scallop trim is beyond!
+Tights — I always buy these cableknits in multiples. I like the classic look but they are also warmer than your standard tights! I also love these ribbed ones from Jacadi (mini owned a pair of these in gray last fall), though they are crazy expensive.
+Casual socks — These. Over 2,000 five-star reviews. I always buy the children’s socks in all white. Then you’re never searching for mates that go lost in the laundry and they go with everything!
+Fall everyday coat — Looking for a quilted style for this year and devastated I missed out on this! Joules has chic ones for boys and girls (some on serious sale at Zulily!), Burberry would be the cutest splurge (upside: these coats have serious re-sale potential!), and RL usually releases something a little closer to fall. Eyeing this style for micro already. If I weren’t so hell-bent on something quilted — how amazing is this pink sherpa bomber (under $20!)?!
+Boots — I have been eyeing these since last fall, though so many of the chic downtown children at mini’s school wear biker boots like these last fall and they looked adorably “New York.” I’ll probably go with the Elephantitos. I think they look adorable with jeans and a sweater or cableknit tights and a jumper.
+Dress shoes — I have long been an Elephantito Mary Jane lover, but these similar and slightly less expensive ones by Footmates get amazing reviews. I’ll probably buy a pair in navy patent. For even dressier occasions, I will buy a pair of velvet Mary Janes from ChildrenChic or these showstoppers with a dramatic bow. Though this post is focused on toddler girls, I have to say I love Elephantito loafers for little boys; get the look for less with these.
+Sneakers — Mini always has one or two pairs of Cientas (usually navy t-strap and/or a pastel plimsoll) and sometimes also a pair of Supergas. I love the traditional look of canvas sneakers and the fact that they can be worn with either dresses or shorts/leggings without looking out of place. They can also be tossed in the laundry machine when dirty and can be worn by either gender if purchased in accommodating colors. For this fall, though, I have already added a pair of Vejas to her wardrobe.
+Sweaters — I usually buy a navy and a white/ivory cardigan from J. Crew and then look for fun statement pullover styles from BusyBees, H&M, Zara, La Coqueta, and Ralph Lauren. (Most retailers have not yet released cool-weather clothing yet!)
+Leggings — Old Navy. I buy in solid colors. I will often layer some of mini’s transitional dresses that are a little short in length over these leggings to extend the wear of the dress — a lot of La Coqueta dresses (like this) hit above the knee and look adorable paired with coordinating leggings.
+Layering tees — H&M, Old Navy, and Petit Peony (run small) for layering under sweaters, but I usually favor a peter pan collar top that can be worn under a jumper, sweater, or with a skirt. I have tried so many different brands and unfortunately I think this is one of those articles worth the investment given how much use I get out of them. My favorites have been ones made in pima cotton (soft, launder well, and last) from Beaufort Bonnet Company, Little English (on sale), CPC (runs small), and Kissy Kissy.
I will of course add fun specialty outfits and dresses to this list, but those always feel to me better-bought opportunistically, when something jumps out at me (like this — WOW — or is suddenly discounted, like this!), versus in lockstep fashion. The above items, however, are non-negotiables that I must have in place as the school season starts. A few other amazing children’s pieces I’ve come across recently:
THIS DRESS (THE PATTERN!!!!)
THIS SMOCKED GINGHAM COVERALL (FOR A PUMPKIN PATCH?!)
THIS IVORY LOUNGE SET (PERFECT FOR POST-BATH)
HILL NEEDS THIS
LOVE ALL OF THE UNFUSSY STAPLES FROM LES GAMINS — WILL BE STOCKING UP FOR HILL THIS FALL
P.P.P.S. Oh, parenthood.