I was recently putting a bag of Katie’s old clothes together ready to hand on to a friend when I realised how ‘functional’ her wardrobe had become. As a fairly headstrong (read stubborn and opinionated) individual, Katie has pretty much dictated her wardrobe for the last year or so. As a result it’s mostly comprised of leggings, psychedelic colours and garish prints. Sorting through her 18-24 month wardrobe was like going through a bag of delights – muted colours, beautiful dresses, and to top it off the most divine velvet blue coat.
Last winter I bought her the cutest duffle coat which she generally refused to wear. More often than not, claiming that it ‘hurt’ her. In HER opinion, the only acceptable Winter wear was her Polarn O Pyret padded coat. As a result, this year I just bought her the same coat – obviously in the size up – to make for an easier life. Given that it’s a sensible Winter coat – so far, so good.
However, determined not to lose the joy of dressing my girl in beautiful clothes quite yet – I set myself the challenge of expanding her Autumn/Winter wardrobe with a balance between the two worlds – fun patterns and colours, comfortable to wear, suitable for play, but in a style that I would look back on with affection rather than exasperation.
On the whole – we’ve had a fair amount of success:
On a rare individual outing to John Lewis, I spotted this outfit and couldn’t resist. Katie has always liked wearing skirts and this works well with thick tights. The bees are a big hit but I also like the more muted tones.
Katie has road tested this outfit thoroughly and can thus confirm that it’s fine for play parks and climbing trees!
Next up is my personal favourite of the season. I love love love the foxes on this cardigan from Boden. Added to the fact that Katie seems more than happy to wear it with a variety of tops; I really think it’s a winner.
The smocked top from Boden is beautifully soft and has been washing really well. It’s obviously comfortable to wear but I like how it’s a bit smarter than an average t-shirt. Katie in fact chose to wear it for her school photo this year.
The cord leggings in theory should be great – they look lovely, are a bit warmer for the cooler weather… but they are permanently falling down. I don’t know if we should’ve sized up but Boden would really do well to introduce an adjustable waist band!
Obviously, this outfit ideally would not be paired with Crocs; Katie obviously had other ideas! On the plus side, the smocked top and foxes cardigan also go well with the John Lewis skirt so we have some great combos going on.
Reflecting on the past, I’m reminded that Katie’s determination to put together her own outfits is nothing new. Perhaps I should be resigned to the more ‘creative’ combinations and the addition of Crocs; but I reckon with her red boots from the Treehouse in Stockbridge – we’re sorted for all that Autumn/Winter might bring!
What are you dressing children in this season? I’ve been wondering what the ‘boy’ equivalent would be!