When mini was young, I went all in on the crisp bubbles and starched dresses. Over the past few years, I’ve realized the blessing of pima cotton/knit pieces that nail the traditional look but are far easier to launder (and softer and less fussy to boot). These are great everyday pieces for school and play and though I have always subscribed to the notion “dress them up and let them play,” I find myself breathing much easier when mini is mucking around in one of them versus an heirloom-quality Luli & Me dress. Bonus: the knit variations tend to be less expensive than their starchy cotton counterparts.
At any rate, today, I’m sharing some favorite brands and favorite styles for babies, boys, and girls. I have to say I am feeling weepy today realizing that Hill has more or less outgrown the bubble/romper phase — I had no idea when I was packing up his summer wardrobe that he’d be graduating to shorts and polos this year. Meep! Time is a thief! At least I can put him in jon-jons for another year or so…
Dresses for Girls.
BOWS FROM TBBC (01.)
ROSEBUD KNIT DRESS (UNDER $30) (02.)
I LOVE (!) THE GINNY DRESS IN COTTON FROM BUSY BEES (ON SALE!) — MINI HAS OWNED IN AT LEAST THREE PRINTS
TOILE FROM PETIT BEBE — ONE OF MY FAVORITES MINI HAD LAST SEASON
SQUIGGLES DRESSES (ON SALE IN SEVERAL COLORS!)
LOVE THESE SHORT-SLEEVED, PETER PAN COLLAR DRESSES IN GREAT COLORS — PERFECT FOR MONOGRAM, TOO
For Itty Bitty Girls…
STRIPES — GREAT WITH A BIG MONOGRAM ON FRONT! (04.)
WHITE SWEETNESS (ON SALE!) (05.)
SMOCKED CHERRIES — MY PERSONAL FAVORITE! (06.)
FLORAL FROM PROPER PEONY
MICRO OWNED ONE OF THESE PROPER PEONY BUBBLES LAST SUMMER — TOO SWEET (07.)
HILL OWNED A FEW BENTON BUBBLES FROM LILA AND HAYES (09.)
CARS FROM RACHEL RILEY (ON CRAZY SALE)
One final note on pima cotton for littles — it is seriously the softest fabric on earth and holds up insanely well to infinite launderings. I always do a double take when I read something is in pima cotton! The quality tends to be exceptional and something about the construction of the fabric means that you launder it and it almost looks like it’s been ironed when you pluck it from the dryer — it withstands wrinkles very well. Point in case: Kissy Kissy’s peter pan collar onesies (here is the short-sleeve variation), which I bought in multiples in every single size and are gender-neutral. I passed many of them down from mini to micro and they held up beautifully. These are fantastic for layering underneath shortalls and jon jons in cooler weather, and great for pairing with skirts, jumpers, and just as a first layer for girls. They are pricey but I guarantee you will treasure them. I had a girlfriend who bought a few and told me she’d do her laundry just so she’d have clean ones available to use over her other brands. They are so good!
P.S. On the more casual end of the child clothing spectrum: statement sweatshirts worth a gander.