Fellow Style Mavens!
If you feel like just controlling the kids over the holidays is enough of a feat, let alone dressing them well for all your festive engagements, then you can join the majority of tired, stressed, and overworked parents out there. My tip (as a non-parent, mind you) for getting the kids ready for the myriad of events this season, whether it be for school, a school activity, Church or family gatherings is to prepare in advance! If you make it a "special occasion outfit" with a few smart interchangeable pieces, then you will be set for all your upcoming events. If you keep the clothes as "special occasion only," then the kids will hopefully get excited to wear their Sunday best!
Recently I styled the outfits below for toddlers up to 4 years old for my Fashion Friday segment on WTHR. For those of you that missed it live, you can see the segment video here.
These outfits are so fun and festive, yet warmth and comfort play such an important role in clothing this time of year. I don't like to wear itchy or bulky outfits, so I can't expect that kids would want to either.
I love the Parisian inspired outfit above for a younger girl (around 18 months old) styled from Baby Gap. The cotton floral dress paired with warm red leggings, the navy blazer with bow detail, the ballet slippers, and the beret hat are all so feminine yet wearable. Your daughter would be happily playing all day in this sweet outfit.
This outfit above from Gap Kids is so festive and fashionable! The added touch of sparkle would have any little girl feeling just like a winterland princess and the red peacoat with toggle clasps is a stylish and classic way to keep her warm. We all know how chilly it can get in the big open school halls or even at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
The big trend for boys right now is to look just like older siblings or even Dad. So the outfits I styled for the little guys in your family are almost like mini-me versions of bigger kid outfits. In the outfit above I've put together the festive patterned sweater with a shearling lined collar, paired with dark corduroy pants, brightened up by the chambray shirt half untucked for the "cool" factor, and finally the lace up boat shoes with leather accents.
The outfit above is styled from Gap Kids for a 4 or 5 year old boy. He will feel so trendy with the dark denim and quilted jacket with a baseball cap to hide any messy hair days. The grey pullover is soft yet warm enough to wear on its own and the pop of red buffalo check pattern brightens up the outfit with the shirt and matching lining on the hiking boots. You'll notice that everything for the boys is cuff-able, so you can buy a size up and get a full season of wear, despite any holiday growing!
Take note of my shopping tips and be prepared. Get your outfits planned early this year! Head to the Fashion Mall at Keystone and check out GAP Kids and Baby GAP for the looks above.
Happy shopping friends!