I'll admit it -- I can't resist little girl fashion. Sometimes, I find myself involuntarily squee-ing over the fabulous ensembles our style editor Christina pulls together. (Like this pink bubble dress with shiny boots -- why oh why don't they make those kicks in adult sizes?)
I try not to force my 20-month-old niece, Sadie, to be my little dress-up doll. After all, she grows out of everything so quickly -- by the time you finish reading this post, she'll probably have moved on to the Juniors department. But hey, it's the holiday season. It's okay for me to splurge on an adorable outfit she might only wear a couple of times, right?
So Sadie, Auntie is sorry, but SHE JUST CAN'T HELP HERSELF. Here are the outfits I might have to make you wear for fifteen minutes while we try and get you to sit still for the holiday card photo.
Remember, lots of Etsy items are one-of-a-kind, so if the piece you like goes out-of-stock, click on the seller's name to find similar cool stuff in their shop.
This bright reversible pinafore ($24.00) by Etsy seller Lassie Girl pops with color. I love the chartreuse on turquoise combo. Add some bright leggings and you'll be able to spot your little girl from across the sandbox. And if you get tired of one side (or have an accidental spill down the front), just flip it and show off the matching diagonal stripe pattern on the other side.
What's snugglier than a chubby little kid? A chubby little kid in soft velour. These Matryoshka overalls with eggplant velour ($45.00) are based on a pattern that Etsy seller katrinakaye's mom used in the 70s.
Etsy seller FaithWorks4U's mod black and white dress ($48.00) has all the perfect Twiggy details, from the pilgrim collar to the pink buttons. It's both modest and a little sassy, which is the look I like best on little girls.
Do you know that amazing Dolly Parton song, "Coat of Many Colors"? Sewing every piece with love, she made my coat of many colors that I was so proud of. That's what Etsy seller aprilscott's beautiful patchwork corduroy dress ($35.00) makes me think of. It would be gorgeous with a long-sleeved white t-shirt, some white tights and brown Mary Janes.
Etsy seller allthenumbers makes this unique and sweet red poppy dress ($32.00). I love the zigzag appliqué stitching over the surprising mix of toile and paisley prints. If you really want to splurge, you should go to her shop and check out the custom quilts with the same modern poppy design. They're breathtaking.