Buying pieces for your child’s wardrobe can be overwhelming, It can also get a little addictive resulting in a bulging wardrobe and an empty purse if your anything like me! But the good thing about dressing them in a classic style is that if you buy well the pieces last (often well enough to be fantastic hand-me-downs) and that they don’t go out of fashion so you can get more than a season out of them. The other plus is that they always look well put together and I promise you will be complimented on this very often. We get told Violet looks like a little dolly daily. So what are the must have investment items to get your little one looking sharp?
A dress coat.
This is a beautiful one from La coqueta kids Wool is usually a good choice as it’s warm without being bulky, a colour like navy grey or burgundy will go with everything and double breasted looks the best. Obviously this is not a play in the snow kind of coat so you will need a anorak type too but for creating that perfect look this is a must have.
Mary Jane or t-bar shoes.
Mary Janes for girls and t-bars on both boys and girls are always a firm favourite. Apart from supporting the foot correctly they look gorgeous, they go with anything, can be dressed up or down and can be found in most good shoe shops. There’s a reason these styles don’t fall out of favour. These wine coloured ones by Dõna carmen are the ones Princess Charlotte wore in the school photos and if your looking for patent or a more neutral tone these charcoal grey ones from Cecellia belle are perfect.
The perfect Frock.
Lets talk frocks. Dresses. Party dresses, everyday dresses. Dresses for Christmas for spring and summer. Dresses with flowers and frills and bows. Frocks with cap sleeves and a sash at the waist. Dresses are always a good idea, it’s part of the fun of having a little girl. Trust me I know I have three. The key with classic dresses is shape and detail. Look at the length the knee is always a good point for it to fall and a slightly full skirt looks so pretty. Collars weather a little frill or a Peter Pan collar are a good idea as they can be worn showing over a cardigan. A gather at the bustline or even better smocking it a beautiful detail and take its from just any old dress to a real classic style. Like this one from Amaia kids and the collar and bow detail on this Pepa & co Frock is stunning, or this pretty little example from Charlotte sy dimby
It cannot of escaped your notice that royal boys are in shorts when they are little not chinos or jeans or cords. This is because it’s a very English thing to have boys in shorts till around the age of 6 it’s one of those silent and subtle little class markers we English have. Either way I think it looks so adorable. Flat front shorts look the best like these ones from Amaia kids
Peter Pan collars.
Is there anything more lovely than a little Peter Pan collar peeking over knitwear? Personally I like them on little blouses or dresses for girls too but boys shirts are just what’s called for I think. This lovely one from Amaia Kids is nice with the extra detail of piping.
A basic in every wardrobe I think especially if you live in a climate like rainy old England. Jumpers with collars worn out for little boys add that little touch of smart style and little cardigans over dresses for girls not only keep little arms warm but are another little layer to help pull a look together. Princess Charlotte often wears matching tights and hair bows to coordinate with her cardigans. A mix of pattern and plain knits is a good idea in their wardrobe like these from a royal favourite Pepa and co
Tights and Bows.
It often the little things like this that really make a look. The devil is in the detail after all. The Dutchess Kate likes to choose a colour complimenting a dress for example burgundy and grey which she’s a fan off and use this through the outfit so maybe a dress with burgundy floral detail with grey tights and a burgundy bow and shoes. Never underestimate the power of a good bow and come on it there anything more classic call the midwife nostalgic than a oversized hair bow? Amaia kids has a wide selection it’s also where some of toddler Charlottes smaller bows are from.
Newborn must haves.
We all remember those first photos of the royal babies outside the Lindo wing. Beautiful shawls and Charlottes little bonnet were every inch the perfect picture of newborn loveliness, you could practically smell that newborn head smell! The little knitted sets of a top and pants with feet are a lovely alternative to a sleepsuit or babygrow whist still being easy for changing time and comfy for the wee one. Bonnets, need I say more? I mean who doesn’t love a bonneted babe? This outfit and bonnet from Pepa&co are very similar to those chosen by The Dutchess. Speaking of royal iyt they are also a fan like myself of a shawl. The shawl on the left is from G.h.Hurt favoured by the royals but this other one from Marks and spencer is a lovely budget friendly option too. Sticking with a neutral cream or white palette is also nice way to dress your baby in a lovely classic way, trust me you will have plenty of requests for pink and sparkly and pepa pig logo stuff in the years to come!