I do love the heat but I’m not immune to the promise of a slight chill in the air and all that comes with that – I think you know what I’m talking about. FALL CLOTHES, people. My personal shopping moratorium is still in effect, which does require some will-power but I’m okay with it (plus, the proliferation of jean shorts this summer clearly demonstrates that I deserve to temporarily belong in some kind of wardrobe purgatory. See examples here, here, and here. Oh geez, and here).
So I guess that I’m set for now. My daughter, however, is not. In the last month she’s grown out of the vast majority of her clothes, so I need to do some substantial wardrobe replenishing for the fall. Vicarious spending at its finest!
The only thing is that I actually hate most clothes for little girls. So many bad colours, cheesy sayings, too-short skirts, and general frippery that to my eye just makes kids look tacky and obnoxious (which, let’s face it, they sometimes are, but they don’t need to dress like it). I remember reading designer Claire Vivier‘s interview on The Glow where she said, “I think children are so beautiful, and they should just dress simply or else it takes away from their beauty,” which perfectly expresses how I feel on the matter.
I was going to do a wish-list of girl’s clothes for Fall, but it seemed like a cop-out because I knew that I’d be including items that I certainly would never shell out for for my own daughter. I really wrestle with the big-box store conundrum, as in a perfect world I’d obviously like to be the type of mother who outfits her child in all organic fabrics made by independent designers… but then I see a pair of kid’s leggings for $40 and I just can’t pull that trigger. I don’t know if there’s an easy answer here.
Anyhow, I decided instead that I’d show you my real list of new items that I am actually buying for Theo (4/5 of which I’ve already purchased), instead of just an aspirational round-up. I set out browsing online with the intention of choosing pieces that could really work together interchangeably. My issue in the past is that I usually bought things here and there on a whim, and as a result Theo often looks like she’s gotten dressed in the dark because nothing even remotely matches (and not that that should really even matter for a kid, right? Well, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that it does bother me sometimes).
I wanted to go back to basics, skewing towards a classic Holly-Hobby-meets-minimal-cool vibe. I mean, she’s two. I think she can pull it off.
1. Shirt with stars and bib-detailing, Zara.
2. Basic cardigan in ochre, Zara.
3. Bib-front pocket tunic, J.Crew.
4. Dress with ruffle hem, Zara
5. Floral dress, Zara. (are you sensing a theme here? The Europeans know how to do kid’s clothing)
6. Corduroy jumper dress, J.Crew.*
7. Printed leggings in anthracite grey, Zara.
8. Leggings in grey/black stripe, orange, and pink, Gap.
* I’m waiting for this to go on sale, because a $68 dress made in China just isn’t happening on my watch.
There are still some gaps here (we’ll need some new boots and a few more shirts and sweaters) but this is how it’s going so far. Thanks for reading what has apparently emerged as a novella outlining my personal philosophies on kidswear. Also, it’s not lost on me that the graphic I created here indeed looks anything but ‘basic.’ Oh, irony.
Next week I’ll show you the one special piece for Theo that I do plan to splurge on. The suspense is killing you, right? (maybe don’t answer that)