Staff Picks: Tweens

StellaOne of the most stylish 10-year-old girls we know, Stella O’Brien is daughter of our VP of Marketing.  She’s been a fan and advocate of BabyLegs for years, and still enjoys pairing them with her favorite outfits as a finishing touch that adds interest.

“BabyLegs are easy, fun and cool to wear — they’re extremely versatile and add a pop of color if you need to brighten. When I layer them, I always get compliments so kids should be prepared to get compliments if they wear them!”

These are STELLA’s PICKS for TWEENS (though most items are available in toddler sizes as well), in her own words:

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Since the bows are dressy, the sequins are perfect — sequins make everything go POP!  Also, the black in the shorts adds sophistication so the outfit’s not TOO girly! Shorts and tee from Gap.com.

 

 

 

 

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This pairing with a crew-cuts dress is really timeless. The stripes of red add a surprise to the outfit and creates a classic “sailor girl” look.

 

 

 

 

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The ruffles on the tee soften these “fierce” armwarmers! I picked the gray skinny jeans because they look dressier than blue denim.

Fashion Friday: Summer Fashion Glossary

The sun is out, the temperatures are rising and those heavy cotton tees in your baby’s dresser drawers just aren’t going to cut it. Brush up on your fashion vocab with these three summer fashion must-haves that promise to keep your tot cool in more ways than one.

By Angela Velasquez

Gymboree Blazer

Gymboree Blazer

 

Seersucker noun

Definition of Seersucker:

Typically striped or checked, this light and airy cotton fabric is a go-to material for summer suits as it tends to stand away from the skin and allow air to pass through. Unlike its lightweight rival linen, seersucker’s wrinkled appearance also means it rarely needs to be pressed.

Origin of Seersucker

Seersucker first became popular during the British colonial period in hot regions like British India. It hit its stride in the 1920s in the United States

Florence Eiseman Suit

Florence Eiseman Suit

when scholarly undergraduates began wearing it as pants and jackets. Seersucker suits soon became a mainstay in Southern gentlemen’s wardrobes and even inspired the U.S. Senate to hold Seersucker Thursday, a nod to traditional Southern dressing. The tradition ended in 2012, but seersucker continues to hold court at summer weddings and a day at the races.

How to wear it?

Instead of a tux, why not have your little ring bearer walk the aisle in an adorable seersucker suit and boat shoes? For a more casual look, pair seersucker shorts with versatile polo shirts. And protect babies from the sun with lightweight seersucker bucket hats.

 

JoJo Maman Bebe Shirt

JoJo Maman Bebe Shirt

 

Breton stripes noun

Definition of Breton stripes:

Traditionally in the form of a three-quarter length sleeve shirt with navy and white horizontal stripes, Breton is now a term that loosely describe any simple, nautical two-tone stripes that calls for the high seas.

Origin of Breton stripes

For French sailors back in the 1950s Breton stripes was more functional than fashionable. It was law for French sailor to wear the striped shirts as part of the regulatory uniform because the pattern was easy to spot sailors who fell overboard. Most of th

BabyLegs Varsity White/Royal

BabyLegs Varsity White/Royal

e sailors were stationed in the Brittany region of France, which is why the striped tee was coined Breton. The original Breton stripe top had 21 stripes—one for each of Napoleon’s victories—but fashionistas would agree that it was another Parisian named Coco, who made the classic top a summer staple when she wore it basking in the sun along the French Rivera.

How to wear it?

Resist pairing your baby’s Breton stripes with a mini beret. Instead, look for iterations that have a preppy, colligate vibe and that will match their most comfy pairs of khaki shorts. T-shirts, boat neck tops and tunics carry stripes well. Or, mix Breton striped BabyLegs with a classic white one-piece snap suit.

 

 

CDW Kids Dress

CDW Kids Dress

Madras noun

Definition of Madras:

Primarily a pattern texture or plaid design, this lightweight summer cotton fabric is often cut into squares and sewn together to create a patchwork pattern. Unlike most fabric, the front and back are the exact same.

Origin of Madras

The fabric takes its name from the city Chennai, India, where it was first made, and was originally known as “Madrasi checks.” The cloth’s popularity grew when it was exported to Africa and the Middle East for headpieces. Soon, Europe caught onto lightweight, breathable benefits of the cloth and began importing madras for soldiers based in warm regions. In the 1960s, the checked material became a hit with trendsetters when it was made with vegetable dyes that caused the colors to take on a new look with each wash.

Ralph Lauren Skirt

Ralph Lauren Skirt

How to wear it?

The material is at home on a campground, but looks just as cool on the playground as button-up camp shirts and shorts. Easy, breezy shift dresses and skirts in madras offer a relaxed, but dressy option for family cookouts and block parties.

 

 

 

 

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About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.

Staff Picks: Casey C.

Casey_CurtisMy name is Casey Curtis, and I’m the Director of Ecommerce at BabyUnited. Though I’m not yet a mother, I’ve clocked some serious time with kiddos when I was a nanny in college. I had the pleasure of spending my afternoons with several wonderful children from newborn to 10 years old. I was fortunate enough to learn the value of BabyLegs early on, and when I had the opportunity to join the BabyLegs team, I couldn’t have been more excited!

Now that spring is in full swing, and summer is fast approaching, I wanted to show off a few of my favorite BabyLegs styles with great outfits from Baby Gap. It’s no secret that the vintage/retro vibe is trendy this year, and that’s definitely extended into the children’s wear arena as well. BabyLegs Spring collection has great styles that coordinate well with this trend.

TranquilityTranquility:

This adorable dress has a sweet muted palette and adorable bow straps. Paired with strappy sandals, a sunhat and BabyLegs Tranquility warmers, you’re little one is all set for a trip to the waterfront or tea-time with their imaginary friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosette

Rosette:

She’ll look sweet as can be in this simple, yet chic, lace dress. Pair with BabyLegs Rosette and white sandals for a classic ensemble perfect for a summer picnic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petals

 

Petals:

There are few things cuter than a babe in a romper. This sweet number is perfect for rolling around in the grass or playing on the jungle gym. Add BabyLegs Petals for a pop of mod styling and these dot chambray sneakers to complete the look.

 

 

 

 

 

JanelleJanelle:

Color blocking is a great trend from fall which transitioned effortlessly into summer. Pair this adorable top with Janelle warmers and these sweet pink floral shorts and she’ll be ready to go anywhere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

EdwardEdward:

Who says boys clothes have to be boring? Break away from the cargo shorts rut and put these hip neon shorts on your little man for a fun pop of color. Pair with this fun sub shirt, hat and BabyLegs Edward warmers to complete the look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fly Away Fly Away:

A simple pocket tee and sandals, paired with these casual striped shorts and Fly Away BabyLegs make the perfect outfit for a lazy afternoon spent reading under a tree or hanging around on the playground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BoardwalkBoard Walk:

How could you resist this adorable mustache bodysuit? Paired with Board Walk newborn warmers and bright loafers, you’re little man will look so charming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart FeltHeart Felt:

Spotted- your little gal looking cute as can be in this garden bodysuit and Heart Felt warmers!

 

Staff Picks: Lauren N.

LaurenNHi there! My name is Lauren Nobile and I’m the new E-Commerce Marketing Assistant at BabyUnited. I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the BU team. Although I’m not a mother, I was once voted “Best Babysitter Ever” by the neighborhood kids in my New Jersey hometown – a title I’m still proud of. I also have plenty of friends with young nieces and nephews that I ‘m surrounded by more than I ever expected. I’ve become very familiar with the  many uses of BabyLegs since I’ve come on board and I’ve grasped why our customers are so crazy for our products – distinguished designs, comfort, accessibility, practicality; I could go on all day.

Here are my favorites picks:

 

 

1. Anchors Away

Maybe vacations spent at the Jersey Shore or my summer birthday influence my taste, but  I’m completley obsessed with anything nautical for both genders. Sail boats, anchors, variations of the color blue all give off an “Americana” feel of timelessness.  It’s a classic look that can’t go wrong – for the young and old.

OshKosh B'Gosh: $10

OshKosh B’Gosh: $10

BabyLegs Anchors Away

BabyLegs Anchors Away

 

 

 

2. Fan-Tastic

It’s always a win going with something crisp and simple but to make it a homerun, there needs to be a pop of color to tie it all together. The playful Mediterranean colors in Fan-Tastic work perfectly with basic aesthetics for spring and summer months.

H&M Top: $9.95

H&M Top: $9.95

BabyLegs Fantastic

BabyLegs Fantastic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Alien-Invasion

I don’t need to tell you how fun babies are, so it’s a no brainer that fun babies like fun things. That’s one of the best parts of being around them! Cyclops aliens are not typically the cutest characters, but these legwarmers can put a goofy grin on anyone’s face.

OshKosh B'Gosh: $24

OshKosh B’Gosh: $24

BabyLegs Alien Invasion

BabyLegs Alien Invasion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your favorite styles for Spring?

Spring has Sprung at BabyLegs!

It’s still cold outside, but here at BabyLegs, things are warming up! Our new Spring 2011 is available now, including the Cool! line of BabyLegs with UV protection. Spring’s collections include Secret Garden, Bake Shop, Boys World, Candy Land, Seaside, and Cool! Kids, along with all of the Classic Favorites!

Fluttering Butterflies

Hungry Alligators

Pixie Stick

Crab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make fun in the sun a little safer with the Cool! Kids collection of warmers. With breathable fabrics and 50+ UPF protection, wet or dry, their little arms and legs will be protected from harmful UV rays while staying cool.

Shades- Cool!

Hibiscus- Cool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to www.babylegs.com today to view the full Spring/Summer 2011 line and shop for your favorites!

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