Merry Monday Lovelies! ( OK, I know there is nothing very merry about Monday, but a girl has got to try to be upbeat!) As a tiny 5'2" woman, with a size 2&1/2 children's foot, I have had to come up with creative solutions for buying clothes that fit. I want to discuss an option for others like me, of buying some very grown up children's clothes:In this shot and the one below I am wearing a beautifully made navy eyelet dress with pleated grosgrain ribbon. To my trained eye it hints at nothing juvenile, and feels like an easy chemise with pockets. The details are high quality dress making details that one would expect in a very expensive dress. I found this at Lord and Taylor two years ago, in the children's department. I was thrilled to buy it on sale for about $25.00. It fits perfectly, even in the shoulders which are very narrow! The length, too, is perfect.: I am also wearing sandals from Cole Haan ( ladies, size 5) and a gold necklace I made years ago. The bracelet is from Jennifer Miller in East Hampton. Did you know how many designers are catering to the upscale children's market? Chloe, Gucci, Juicy, John Galliano, Fendi, are all designing very sophisticated children's clothes. In Manhattan, where I live there are some very upscale boutiques that feature beautifully made clothes. Many of the designs are too "girl-like", but when you find one that is not, it is wonderful. My favorites are Jacadi and Bonpoint, and In East Hampton, there is also Bonne Nuit. All of these stores are expensive, but do have good sales. I put together some shopping options to give you an idea of what is out there. I left out obvious ones like Gap Kids, which is a great resource for we wee ones. Make sure to check these sites out for sales, too! Here are my suggestions:
1- Stripe top from Stella McCartney $139.00 via TuesdaysChild.com. 2- Burberry skirt from eBay currently trading at $29.99 with a BIN for $69.99. 3- John Galliano knitted hat from TuesdaysChild.com is $65.90. 4- Tulle skirt from Clover via TuesdaysChild.com is $235.90. 5- Camo jacket from AbercrombieKids is $49.95. 6- print dress is YoungVersace via TeusdaysChild.com is $469. 7- super skinnes from AbercrombieKids is $50.00. 8- Annabel shine plaid shirt from AbercrombieKids is 49.95. 9- Over the knee suede boots are $40.91 from Tradingbear.com Buying casual clothes is fairly easy; size 1 and 3 junior denim runs very small. It is the dressier, more sophisticated children's clothes that can be challenging. Having a good tailor is a great help, then one can buy clothes for women in size 0 or 2 and have them fitted. This option can be pricey and time consuming. I use all of the above strategies. So please share with me, my fellow pint size readers ( I now you are out there!).. Where do you shop for your smaller sized clothing?