Designer Duds for Kids – Fashion or Folly?

Designer Duds for Kids – Fashion or Folly?

Off topic Sunday…not an equestrian themed post today….

Milly Minis Crystal Embellished Organza Dress $995 NeimanMarcus.com
Milly Minis Crystal Embellished Organza Dress $995 NeimanMarcus.com

I love me some cute kiddie clothes. Typically, I get kids clothes from Gap Kids for the staples, Target (pronounced “tar-jay”) for the trendy soon-to-be-thrown away items, and if I’m feeling spicy, I go to Crew Cuts. I scour the internet for Splendid Littles sales (they are just sooo comfy – especially Splendid’s adult line for mommy). Once in a while, I find some fun Burberry items on Ebay, which I consider a major coup, as there is the added benefit of being able to sell said clothing after the 3 wears they last (no way is she wearing this in the mud puddle in the back yard).

Like Ralph Lauren years ago (I buy adorable Polo items at discount stores), many higher end designers are trying to cash in on the children’s clothing market. It used to be for a really special occasion, one could lay a Benjamin or two down on a gorgeous hand made dress at Bergdorff’s kids department, but now, that’s just a drop in the bucket for even the most common and out-grow-able children’s duds. I’m sorry, but I just can’t stomach or imagine throwing over $500 on a Baby Dior or Missoni dress for a 9 month old who can’t even walk. The styles are gorgeous, and I’m sure would look great on the tony tots being pushed by their nannies on Park Ave, but my hubby’s hard-earned dollars are better spent on our mortgage :).

In this spirit, I’ve found some beautiful children’s fashions and comparable reasonably (for some) priced garments.  After all, kids either wear their clothes to death, or wear them once. I’m sure I can’t beat the quality of Baby Dior, but I can certainly beat the price!!

Most of the expensive finds are from Neiman Marcus and Barney‘s, their less-expensive counterparts are from all over – hover over image to see the source.

I love a dreamy princess ballerina dress like the next person and this Milly Minis one is killer (to the pocketbook). The Luna Luna Copenhagen dress is just as sweet and a fraction of the price.

Missoni knits are comfy, and I’m sure this dress is fun to wear…as is the alternative:

For a special occasion, this gorgeous Dolce and Gabbana dress is spectacular, but at $1615, who in their right mind w(c)ould afford it?? I love this Kleinfeld Erica Dress alternative from at $150!

Every ballerina needs a tutu, but this one is too too much for me. Why not save some loot loot?

Cold weather calls for long, warm coats, and here are the similar choices:

And for the sweaters:

And, for the babies – nothing beats a special cashmere blanket as a special gift, but some are more affordable than others:

I haven’t even listed the cute and fun options at Target or Kohls, etc (this post could go on for ever)!! Finding super cute kid’s clothes at a premium is fun, but finding less expensive alternatives is satisfying 🙂

xo

lb

 

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Fall Talls

Fall Talls
Christian Louboutin Cate Chain Riding Boots $1295
Christian Louboutin Cate Chain Riding Boots $1295

It’s fall and there’s no shortage of wonderfully equestrian inspired tall boots. I’m so happy that we can wear tall boots year after year; they are basically timeless. English or Western, these will be sure to please the pony princess or cowgirl in all of us little ladies.

No riding in these boots, purely for pretty, so keep them away from the poo pile 😉

What I love about real Western riding boots, they can be worn as fashion. It’s pretty clear that I’m wearing real riding boots when I go to the store in my dirty Ariat Challengers. I have a pair of Tony Lamas, and they look just as great with my skinny jeans out on the town as they do in the ring doing work. These riding boots (except the Tony Lamas) haven’t been approved in the saddle, but will look cool with a skirt, skinny jeans, flair jeans (the newest old trend making a comeback), and shorts (if you’re under the age of 35).

 

 

Many of these boots are rather expensive, so think of this an an investment piece. Tall riding boots are classic.  With proper treatment (care for them like you care for your riding boots) and you can wear them for years to come.

xo

lb

 

 

Simple Summer Style

Simple Summer Style

Finally taking a break, sitting by the pool (yay), I’m noticing that my swim/summer wardrobe is woefully shabby, and definitely not chic. As we are recovering financially from our house purchase, I need to limit my summer spree to a few essentials.

Most importantly, I need a new bathing suit. I’m not a spring chicken any longer, so my tiny bikinis are getting less and less wear. If I can find a gorgeous one piece this year, I may just wear it. After all, I’m no longer in the market for a killer tan, so covering more skin is probably better. I love these two options:

I love this little number, very surfer…but a little out of my price range – hmmm, but if I’m only buying one suit this year…..:

Lisa Marie Fernandez 
Lisa Marie Fernandez The Farrah neoprene swimsuit $395

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is adorable, and I love the color….and for a bikini, it really seems modest (although the price isn’t):

Norma Kamali 
Norma Kamali Bill ruched bikini top $175 Briefs $175

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once a suit is picked out, I’ll need a new coverup. I love the long kaftans, but maybe something different this year. Cover up pants are great, comfortable and I can roll them up when it’s time to wade in the baby pool. I love these and they would look great with the swimsuit!

Onda De Mar Swim - Coverup Pant
Onda De Mar Swim Coverup Pant Sale price: $118.80

Unfortunately, ballet flats are out (boo hoo), and typical flip flops, while easy and comfy, are getting rather boring. I need the speed of slip ons so, roman sandals for day to day wear are out. I hear that Chloe featured Birkenstocks on the runway. Hmmmmm, interesting. I haven’t seen these on anyone other than pseudo-hippies since my crunchier days in college. I’m not exactly a bleeding heart, so can I pull them off? Yes, I think so…in this cute, preppy, neutral orange, I believe I have my summer shoe (not a bad price, I may add):

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Birkenstock Gizeh, Zappos.com $89.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, how shall I carry all my swim diapers, half-used sunblock vials, spilled juice boxes, broken sunglasses and unread summer novelettes? The Beau Beach Bag is a very cool option, with space, style and eco-friendly ideals. Created by Anne Epstein of Beau Soliel, this modern and super hip bag is almost entirely dye-free with recycled cotton handles. I love the breezy beachy feel – it’s great for anywhere.

BEAU BAG
Beau Soleil Beau Bag, $68

 

Lastly, I need a loose fitting shirt and lightweight sweater to wear with my jeans and many leggings. What better designer than Vince to fill this need?

Here’s a simple V-Neck sweater and silky t-shirt that can be literally worn anywhere with just about anything – which is exactly why I love Vince.

Vince V-Neck Sweater
Vince V-Neck Sweater – $225
Vince 'Popover' Cap Sleeve Silk Blouse
Vince “Popover” Cap Sleeve Silk Blouse – $265

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of these pieces are not cheap, however, they are great quality. I wear my clothes often and hard, so I’m shopping for great values. I think I may have found some.

xo

l