The Best Occasionwear For Babies – Next

When I look at photos of friends’ children on Facebook, I am silently judging them. I try to stop myself as I know it’s unfair to say that a child looks scruffy when it’s been playing outside and getting up to mischief like kids do, but when kids are younger and they just sit around all day then it’s the perfect opportunity to try out some new looks on them. Why buy a boring plain sleepsuit when there’s so much choice out there? And surely, I can’t be the only one judging the photos. Don’t we all want our children to look the best they can?

One of my Facebook friends has an adorable pair of 18-month old twins and the photos she posts of them in preppy outfits make my heart melt. Little jumpers and cardigans over polo neck shirts with formal trousers look adorable on a baby boy and they’re not much more expensive then a regular t-shirt and jeans. Of course, you wouldn’t dress them in this to go to the adventure playground, but there’s no reason they can’t wear this for everyday activities. I plan to try it for a while and see how mucky everything gets.



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I found out about Next when I got a maternity wear catalogue through the door. Normally I throw all these things in the bin straight away, but I was feeling a bit insecure and ugly and there’s nothing like shopping to cheer a girl up!

What jumped out at me the most were the romper suits with collars. I had no idea that you could get a shirt for a baby that doesn’t require complicated buttons (in case of wriggling) but fastens around the nappy area instead. My favourite was Next’s navy gingham shirt with a breast pocket that’s suitable for 0 months – 2 years. It would look great with a chunky cardigan like Next’s shawl collar cardigan.

I know not everyone shares my tastes, but I think Prince George has worn some cute outfits in the past. Next’s three piece braces and shorts set look like something he’d wear – they’re adorable. I’m so impressed by the prices as the two pack of navy/white poloshirt bodies that’s in the centre of the photo above is £14.

What do you think of the preppy look? Am I being unrealistic in thinking my baby will be able to wear it without getting it messy? Any style / parenting tips are gratefully received as I have no clue!

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Zoe Griffin


Journalist, author and mother-of-one. I love fashion, beauty and gossip (preferably over a glass of bubbly). I founded the blog in 2009 and VIP Mums launched in April 2016 - the same month my son was born.

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