Children’s fashion walked into my life way before I even considered having offspring of my own. Years ago while working at Child Magazine (the baby Vogue at that time), as their Fashion Director of Publishing, I attended European children’s fashion shows. It was then I realized the enormity of this sub culture. I was in awe watching these tots strut catwalk creations that almost mimic Fifth Avenue designers. Years later (I’m aging myself), the trend crossed the pond and now dressing your kids is just as important as yourself. More and more companies jumped on board and created off shoots of their lines to incorporate “mini me” fashions. As a stylist, I work with children putting together their professional comp cards, help shop for seasonal wardrobes or decking them out in photo shoots. Styling children can certainly be a small challenge, but I truly love it and am very lucky to have a fantastic roster of tot clients. Now, that I’m a mom to a cool dude and fashion is an integral part of my life, needless to say, he is a dapper and well dressed (little gent).
Here are my top styling trends for tots:
Try mixing stripes with plaids or checks with a whimsical motif like embroided lobsters or flowers.
I recognize this can not be done on the playground or school, but when there is a special occasion try adding a blazer over a shirt (rolling cuff out), or a fur vest over a tunic and leggings with lace up booties for girls.
Mix preppy with trendy (like seersucker pants with a denim jacket and loafers), or sweet with rock and roll (such as a cute pink dress with faux leather jacket and cute bow hair accessory)
Jump onto Pinterest and Instragram and look for inspiration for dressing your children. Pinterest boards for the youngsters are popping up everywhere as well as Instagram posts. The very stylish Alonso Mateo is an Instragram celebrity with 43.7K followers showing everyone that even a 7 year old likes to experiment with fashion.
A big thank you to Jacob Trentini and Smiling Button for providing me with the images for this blog. Jacob and his family are dear clients and friends of mine. I am extremely fortunate to style him for photo shoots and assist in his seasonal wardrobe.
Smiling Button founder Caroline Leed designs with her young self in mind. The brand is as straightforward as the dresses themselves. Smiling Button has created five classic styles with patterns that change seasonally. Each dress comes with a smiling button, of course, and also pockets—perfect for hiding animal crackers and yo-yos! If you are in Nantucket head over to their pop up store or www.smilingbutton.com
As always I hope I have inspired you and your little one.