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Party Dresses for Your Mini.

By: Jen Shoop

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!

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7 thoughts on “Party Dresses for Your Mini.

  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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