Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Flashback Fashion: Retro Toddler Clothes

When I found out we were having a girl I never imagined I'd be able to dress her in vintage children's clothes. Thanks to my mom, I was able to dress Gates exclusively in dresses and jumpers from the 1970s for our trip earlier this month to New York (tune in next Monday for highlights from our trip).
Gates in Red Striped Onesie
Shortly after cubes and I told my mom and my dad that we were pregnant, my mom surprised me with bags of clothes that my six year old self and my three year old sister had the wisdom to label as special and worth keeping. (After college, both my sister and I repeatedly told my mom to discard the clothes. Boy am I now glad she didn't listen. I mean, how cute is Gates in these dresses?)
Gates in Blue Gingham Dress with Red Bow
For our New York trip, I first packed casual clothes that if they got soiled I wouldn't care about. But, as we were ready to go out the door, I realized that if the weather was hot none of the cotton knit onesies would be light enough. I quickly rummaged through a bag of our saved clothes and picked my favorites. And boy am I glad I did: the weather was warm and the A/C wasn't yet operational. Also, vintage children's clothes, like vintage women's fashions, run small. There were some adorable outfits that Gates was almost too tall for.
Gates in a Holly Hobby Dress
If you're looking for girls dresses in primary colors or that are well-made, try vintage shops. A few Etsy shops that I like and have items similar to what's in Gates' closet are: Farmhouse Vogue out of Vermont with reasonably priced items averaging about $25; Once Upon a Daizy out of Oregon; and Retro and Me and Vintage Pod both out of Virginia with many items under $20.
Where do you find cute toddler clothes?
As Gates grows out of her clothes, I'll be selling any that are still in good condition and are stain-free. Let me know if there are any you're interested in.
Ciao Bella!
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