Our New England travels took us on a last minute trip to my hometown in Connecticut last week and we all soaked in some grandparent pampering and fresh air. I came back with a treasure trove of dresses and tops from when I was Elise's age. For the most part, they are timeless, classic pieces and I can't wait to repurpose them. Others scream the early 80's but lucky us, that late 70's early 80's vibe is back big time this year.
The little dress that Mila wears below is from our favorite store for vintage clothing, Mary Beth Hale's Etsy shop. I first ordered some items from her when my husband and I were in search of Halloween costumes for a party last year and I was blown away by the quality and pristine condition.
This little dress has the perfect amount of smocking and embroidered rosettes. I love that some of my favorite photos of Mila at this age are with her in this simple piece.
Apparently Elise's floral dress was a favorite of mine when I was her age. It was the first of my own vintage finds that she reached for.
If you're on the lookout for vintage children's clothing, you may run across sheer white dresses similar to what Elise has on below. I'm guessing they were worn with a slip underneath or perhaps they were undergarments. For our purposes, they are delicate, airy works of art from times past that are perfect for hot summer days. This was another find from Mary Beth Hale's shop and one of my favorite pieces. I imagine Mila will wear it as a dress not too long from now.
Its fitting that Elise's blouse pairs so well with shorts from a brand named Tocoto Vintage. The blouse that Mila wears above is also from this nostalgic children's brand. In fact the brand was conceived from a love of antique patterns and clothing. The collection can be purchased at Minikin in the U.S.