When I had a daughter I didn’t want to dress her head to toe in pink and sparkles. I wanted her wardrobe to be free and easy, to be timeless and to celebrate her as a little one. It’s quite hard to navigate the high street in the girl’s section. So much pink in all manner of shades. A lot of rainbows, unicorns or stars with smiley faces plastered all over t-shirts, or pieces that seem to me to be mini versions of what grown women wear – something I’m not keen on.
I want my kid’s clothes to be fun, comfortable and versatile. Pieces that are trans-seasonal depending what you pair them with, dresses that can become tops when legs get too long, worn with socks, bare feet or tights depending what the weather’s doing.
Elsie wears a lot of Raff’s hand me downs – old needle cord dungarees, knitted woollen jumpers and simple striped vests, but the large part of the clothes he wore as a toddler ended up with holes in the knees or stains down the front.
I have always loved florals, I can’t help but be drawn to them – to the memories they stir up of my own childhood dresses that mum would make my sister and I. When Little Cotton Clothes sent me some pieces for Elsie they worked perfectly with the rest of her wardrobe. Simple cotton shift dresses, sleeveless floral tops and ribbed knee socks to keep the chill at bay, they capture the nostalgia of my own childhood and the spirit of playfulness. The designers have come up with sweet little details – lace edging and fabric covered buttons down the back which give them a premium feel despite the affordable price tag.
While we were in Cornwall Elsie wore their clothes most days, running around on the beach in their yellow Mai dress with her wellies gradually getting sandier by the minute. I love how beautifully they photographed too – complimenting the tones of nature and the environment she’s in.
I know when the time comes, and she’s outgrown these pieces, they’ll be folded away in her keepsake box for another generation one day.