Little Girls Fashion – Tips For Developing Her Own Style

Little Girls Fashion – Help Develop Her Own Style

“I dressed myself today.” Every child wants to say it and helping your child develop her individual style will eventually get them to that prideful moment. But there is a fine line between helping your child develop her own style and simply replicating yours. That being said, if your daughter takes after you and has similar taste as many do, let it flourish! Here are a few tips to begin to form a personal style.

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My Mom, Saturday Shopper in the 1950's

My Mom, Saturday Shopper in the 1950′s

When you are shopping for new clothes, include your daughter in the activity. Invite her with you or sit together if you are browsing online. Ask your child to pick out things she may like to see you wear or pick out several items and ask her opinion of them. Be sure to express that saying she does not like an item is okay, as well as thanking her for a positive reaction to a garment. The activity of making a selection and offering an opinion helps form a basis and routine of making choices for herself. From my own childhood, I remember and cherish the Saturdays my mother took me shopping, many times to the dismay of the sales staff. My mom had a great sense of style, but not for herself. She frequently relied on me to tell her if a dress looked good on her. I vividly remember a particular sales woman that always said, “ooooooh, you have your daughter with you again, how lovely,” and winced as she brought in many cocktail dress options that she was certain I was going to reject! We most always left the boutique with a dress all three of us liked, and I developed a true sense of style and confidence in making decisions, not just in dresses.

It Is All About Color

Most little girls have a passion for a particular color, and it is often not pink.

Whatever your favorite little one’s color is, embrace it. For my niece it was purple.
No other color for two years, just purple. Well, sometimes lavender. I had no idea the amount of children’s apparel that was manufactured in purple for toddlers. She was happy in purple, and that is the focus, happy. Clothes are a statement, and color is often the first indication of individual style.

Anything Goes

Yes, really. Absolutely anything goes with anything, especially when you are very young. If your daughter pulls out green dotted leggings, a purple floral dress, and orange sneakers, let her wear the outfit. The goal is to encourage choices and individuality. The only time to suggest a change in choice of clothing is if the desired item is not appropriate for the weather or the place she is going. Leggings and a T shirt do not go to weddings. Be careful not to offend your daughter or young friend. Simply comment on how much you like the outfit and suggest she keep it out for when she gets back home. Then ask her to show you what her favorite dress is in her closet and maybe that should be the one that would be perfect for today.

- CK & ESK

Back to School Girls Clothes – Tips For Summer Sale Shopping

Buying clothes for children can be costly. Last year’s clothes and shoes almost never fit, which means that with each new season brings another shopping trip. But then again, the arrival of fall merchandise also generates a host of end of the summer sales. As stores phase out their summer stock transitioning to heavier materials and newer styles, you have the opportunity to build the base of a wardrobe at a highly reduced price.

Eliane et Lena Girls Banfou Cardigan @llbdshop.com

Eliane et Lena Girls Banfou Cardigan @llbdshop.com

Look for Layers

Grab a cardigan, whether the weather. Whether the air conditioning is too cold or the seasons are changing, a cardigan sweater may be the essential item to take with at the start of the day. Most of us are in air cooled or heated buildings for the majority of the day, which includes schools, and a cardigan style sweater is easy on and easy off. Layered with tanks, short sleeved shirts, or light long-sleeved tops, a cardigan sweater adds warmth and style. When shopping summer sales, look for reduced priced tees and summer sweaters. For those who love the comfort of cotton this is the best time of the year to find great prices on cotton sweaters and layering tees.

 

KC Parker Girls Tunic & Leggings @llbdshop.com

KC Parker Girls Tunic & Leggings @llbdshop.com

Legging Love

Skirts and tunics may be a challenge for active little ones and for the upcoming changing of seasons. Generally they are made from lighter fabrics and tend to expose more skin to the cold. Adding leggings or tights may be the answer for fashion and comfort come fall. Tights and leggings complete a look and may be a fashion statement to any outfit as they are available in loads of colors and patterns. May I say cotton again? Yes, this is the best time of year to find the ever comfortable and transitional fabric, cotton, in leggings and tights at clearance prices.

 

Fore N Birdie Girls Polo Shirt @llbdshop.com

Fore N Birdie Girls Polo Shirt @llbdshop.com

Color Choice

Summer is fun, bright, and exciting. This is the perfect time to shop the sale racks for colorful tees, tops, or vibrant color trend jeans to use as the accent piece for back to school and fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak a Sneaker

Little feet grow so fast. The adorable pink sneakers that were purchased last May and that just cannot be squished on the feet nor left behind on the first day of school are now on sale! Really, buy them or similar again, the prices are reduced and there is no such thing as too many of a good or favorite thing, as long as it fits.

See Kai Run Adalyn Sneakers @llbdshop.com

See Kai Run Adalyn Sneakers @llbdshop.com

 -ESK & CMK

Flip Flop Fumbles- When to Wear (or not to wear) Summer’s Most Casual Shoe

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photo credit: findkeyswithease.com

Flip-flops are a wonder shoe. They slide on easily, they are simple, and they keep your feet cool. Some varieties even float in water. At the end of the summer, I examine my flip-flop tan and hope to be proud of the “Y” shaped lines on my feet. But flip-flops are not right for every occasion, even though it is sometimes tempting.

I follow two general guidelines when deciding when to wear flip-flops. If I am going outside to do activities with friends or family, especially if that activity involves water and beaches, flip-flops are definitely the shoe of choice. They are casual, fun, and water doesn’t destroy them.

Flip-flops even eliminate the age-old sand-in-my-shoes problem. I don’t need to worry about trying to wash off my feet and sliding my socks back on before accidentally stepping on the sand and having to start over.

But there’s a flip side, (no pun intended). If you’re going out to dinner and the restaurant employs a wait-staff, flip-flops are a little too casual. The world is moving in a more casual direction, so in ten or twenty years, that guideline may change. Until then, though, I’d suggest choosing a nicer sandal or a closed toe shoe.

Sending kids to school in flip-flops is a trickier story and I leave that up to personal preference and school dress codes. They’re casual, but for younger kids especially, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional whimsical shoe choice and do consider the activity of the girl, sometimes a sneaker may be the choice for the day.

Flip-flops may be a fashion statement on their own. Brightly colored or decorated flip-flops can definitely be their own accessory, just keep in mind the statement and the day of the feet that are flopping.

-ESK

 

Special Occasion Dressing For Little Girls – What, Where, And When?

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Trying to match the right dress to an occasion can be difficult for adults, and it’s not a whole lot easier for little girls’ dresses. So how do you know which dresses are appropriate for which occasion?  Here are a couple things to look for and consider when searching for a dress that may help point you in the right direction.

SEASON’S GREETINGS

Weather really matters when picking out a dress for another reason than just the temperature. Certain fabrics are linked with each season, making a dress more visually appropriate for the occasion. Wool, including cashmere, knit, and boiled varieties, as well as corduroy, are distinctly winter fabrics. Heavier and layered silks are also a worn well in winter, while lighter silk and organza (a thin synthetic fabric made from silk) can be worn in spring and summer. Linen and lightweight cotton are good summer fabrics as well.

COLOR CODING

Color and season are very closely linked. Generally, darker colors are reserved for fall and winter and lighter colors are for spring and summer.

Fall and winter dresses tend to lean towards dark green, auburn, burgundy, dark purple, and, of course, black. Spring and summer clothes come in varieties of pastels, white, and ivory. However, black is also acceptable during the warmer months (one of the reasons we love little little black dresses so much!). The event also has a lot to do with the color. For events where ceremony and reception are separated by a span of hours or for events that last several days, wear the more formal, darker attire to the ceremony and save the more colorful dress for the celebration. For weddings specifically, tradition dictates that only the bride wears white, but for little girls, this rule is generally overlooked.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED

The invitation may give a lot of information about what to wear, but the rule is an easy one. The fancier the invitation, the more formal the clothing selection should be. Some invitations actually specify what to wear, but, if no guide is given, look at the timing of the event. Day events are generally less formal than evening ones. Also

consider the venue, the place of the event may indicate in itself the formality of the event,  for example a church wedding verses an outdoor wedding ceremony.

STARRING ROLE

Though every little girl likes to look her best there is a time to let the understudy shine. Anything goes if it is your event be it birthday parties, weddings, anniversary parties, or a piano recital. From tiaras to tutus it is your or your family’s day.  However, if you are the guest it is gracious to pause and consider what their little star may be wearing and perhaps tone back a bit as not to outshine their little one.

-ESK & CMK

Girls 4th of July Fashion

With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, many people are starting to plan their celebrations and barbeques.  But with menus and logistics to plan, who has time to figure out what to wear? Here are some ideas for a holiday-friendly outfit for the little-little one.

LALaundry Lexi Dress

 

The Navy Lexie Dress from LAUNDRY by Shelli Segal is made from a combination of cotton and nylon and is machine washable, so you don’t need to worry about her getting a little messy. The navy blue fabric and white collar fit the holiday theme but the classic design makes this dress wearable for every-day summer fun as well.

The Red Grosgrain Ribbon Headband by Bows Arts adds a red accent to the blue and white dress and will keep her hair tidily in place.

Finish the outfit with the Striped Skimmer shoes from Joyfolie.

Joyfolie Girls Striped Skimmers llbdshop.com

Joyfolie Girls Striped Skimmers llbdshop.com

 

 

For more choices, looks, and ideas, visit www.llbdshop.com

-ESK