Year: 2010

Boys Holiday outfits

How to dress boys  up without suffocating them?

Since ties bind and collared shirts are stuffier than stuffing, try a few other options this year. Trust me…there’s a way to turn the usual battle into a nice celebration (one that happens to include dressing up a little).


The Dagmar Daley Cowboy Shirt and Earnest Sewn Lit’l Earnie Hutch Jean is a nice checkered shirt and jeans outfit that has an all-American cleaned-up casual look to it. Or keep your boy on par with classic trend with a vest/shirt combo.


The Dagmar Daley Striped Henley Shirt goes handsomely with the Wool Mason Vest or dress the sporty set in ADD Italy Shiny Down-Filled Vest and Estella Henley Top. Pair either top combination with a pair of Finger in the Nose Slim Fit Kids’ Jeans.


The Kit + Lili Panda Long Sleeve Shirt is a playful topper complement to the soft design and faded details Imps & Elf Six Pocket Jeans.


And for watching that afternoon football game, he’s sure to relax in the Max & Lola Khaki Side Pocket Cargo Pants and Estella Striped Lap Tee.

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Top Baby Boys Holiday Outfits

The holidays are just around the corner. You’ve really taken the footie-pajamas-as-an-outfit thing as far as it can go.  Why not treat baby boy right and make sure the dinner table isn’t the only thing in the house that’s dressed up.


Add a Estella Henley Top, some matching leggings and booties and your boy is good to go. Looking for a more sporty look for baby boy — perfect for bouncing on grandpa’s knee while watching football games?  We suggest IMPS & ELFS Striped Baby Hoodie and a pair of IMPS & ELFS Dotted Leggings.  Score!


For cozy sleepovers, Estella’s striped newborn hat and Devon Striped Romper can’t be beat.  We’ve expressed our love for all things striped many times and this dynamic duo only solidifies that love.  Soft cotton and leg snaps make this outfit perfect for newborn skin and perfectly huggable.


A casual holiday brunch calls for a casual — yet stylish — holiday outfit.  Bring out the arty Picasso in your baby boy with Estella’s Dylan Striped Lap Tee (there’s just something so classically artsy about a black and white striped shirt).  Add a pair of Estella ribbed leggings and some red booties for a Boho chic look that can’t be beat

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Our Interview with Katherine from Wovenplay

wovenplay girl

Wovenplay successfully features sustainable clothing that hasn’t lost its playfulness or touch of magic – a combination that seems perfect for every child and family.  Culling inspiration from vintage books, Woody Guthrie, Jacob Lawrence and her own son, Wovenplay owner and designer Katherine Edmonds creates effortless play clothes that ignite a child’s imagination while keeping them stylish.  As we look forward to the Wovenplay’s exclusive holiday collection for Estella, we caught up with Katherine to ask her about her work and life.

I love your tagline, “Sustainable Couture for the Everyday Artist and Adventurer.”  That’s beautiful.  Do you think that is the kind of child who wears Wovenplay?

Yes absolutely.  Children are drawn to the expressive quality of the original fabrics, hand-tinted colors and original trims.   The clothing is comfortable and great for everyday adventure.

I recently read your guest blog post at Boz Around where you describe the perfect New York day.  You mentioned feeding birds at the Bronx Botanical Gardens, grabbing a sandwich at Walter Foods, and taking the subway often instead of a cab.  Is this list permanent, or do you see it changing as the seasons change and your son grows?

This is a timeless list for me. I love being outside in nature, wandering into new experiences and being free to get around  efficiently so there is more time to have fun.  I have a curious and passionate son and we have fun playing, learning and exploring together.

Let’s talk about the Wovenplay Holiday collection. What was the inspiration for the collection? There’s definitely a touch of theatricality to the clothing – without being too costumey.  I love that!    How do you find inspiration before you design a collection?

This holiday collection was inspired by the lines, colors and shapes of Modigliani as well as the opalescent and glossy shine of natural materials like shell and glass.  I like clothing to be expressive and original yet subtle so the person wearing it is the prominent focus in the end.  I find inspiration from many sources—art, literature, nature, ideas and discussions, memories, dreams and theater… all coming together and re-connecting in new forms.

How is this collection different from your past collections?  What pieces from your special holiday collection for Estella are you most excited about? Why?

For Estella’s holiday collection, I am most excited about an exclusive starburst tutu which has a one-of-kind luminous radiating pattern on the bodice resulting from the hand-dying method we used on the silk satin and finished with a striking silk tulle skirt.  We are also introducing hand-knit cardigans with vintage glass buttons, exclusive ribbon tights in pine/dark cherry and two new holiday featherbands with hand-made italian beads in dark turquoise and wild grape.

How far in advance do you work on your collections and what is the process?

I begin designing about 5 months in advance for each collection.  Much of the process is difficult to describe as it is happening deep inside my mind without a logic, but very much inspired by color, textiles and hand-processes.  Often technical methods need to be worked out through a number of trials and suddenly something completely unexpected turns out to be a great surprise and then leads into another area of development until finally the collection almost builds itself!

I know your background is in textiles and traditional French dressmaking, how did you decide to get into fashion?  Did you happen upon it serendipitously?

I was an Art History major in school with a Studio Art minor and always wanted to make things with my hands.  I worked in both fine arts and design before falling in love with draping and making clothing after I enrolled in an intensive French dressmaking course in Manhattan.

Which women’s clothing designers to you admire the most? Are there any other Estella kids clothing designers that you admire?

I am most intrigued and excited by designers like Boudicca, Hussein Chalayan, and Dries van Notten taking risks and pushing outside the lines with color, texture and always something abstract and conceptual.  I also like Rick Owens  and Ann Demeulemeester for their modernity, comfort and rock and roll aesthetic.  I also like very much the modern elegance and luxurious decadence of Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. Other Estella designers I like are Max and Lola, Simple Kids, and Maan.

Do you have any fashion advice or styling tips you could give to our readers for dressing their babies and toddlers during the holidays?

I would focus on original, colorful and charming pieces that are always comfortable and inspire the children.

Thank you!

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Snowflakes and Angels

Girls Outerwear:  Best Little Girls Coats

They say that no two snowflakes are alike, and by looking at your little snowflake dancing in her winter coat you can say with complete confidence, “That is SO true!”  Yet you can also notice that your little snowflake has grown quite a bit since last winter, so you’re in the market for a new coat.  With all of these great choices, how will you pick just one?

yhst-87491494023326_2132_42744030Appaman’s metallic pink Puffy Down Coat is a futuristic fashionista’s dream.  A new classic, the puffy down coat offers warmth and urban chic style.  The knitted ribbing around the hood keeps body heat in.  For a twist on the classic down coat, why not go for a bit more length a slightly fitted silhouette with Appaman’s Long Down Coat?


You’re completely smitten with Album di Famiglia’s Paula coat. This little wool number is the go-to coat for special winter occasions and dressier events.  The charming Peter Pan collar is the perfect way to top this Italian A-line beauty.

anais and i

Smart is the word to describe Anais & I’s Shiny Jacket.  Smart, sassy and spunky — this cropped jacket is lined with fleece for soft warmth.  Sp perfect with jeans or dresses, you’ll wish New York based Anais & I made this jacket in your size.


Still, your final option may be the winner. Album di Famiglia’s stunning water repellent goose down-filled Lina kimono is perfect for any winter charmer since it’s as stylish as it is warm.  The unexpected kimono silhouette is whimsical while still being cool as heck.

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Baby It’s Cold Outside…

Sure you have to dress in layers, and you know there will be days where you feel you left your nose back on Houston street, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish — noseless and all!  And this holds true even for babe, and with these fantastic helpers your little snowball will be comfy, cozy and chic

7 am enfant

Part papoose, part sheer glam, 7 A.M. ENFANT stroller footmuff is the glorious marriage of style and functionality.  The outside is made with waterproof nylon and the inside is a fleece lining fiber insulation.  Available in silver, metallic gold, silver, black and a striking grape. If only they made these in adult sizes.

finger in the nose

French made Finger in Nose (say that three times fast) offers a french duck down and feather-filled hooded snowsuit that has a sleek, modern look to it.  Not only will baby be warm, their style will be white hot.

album coat

Calling all future fashionistas!  The future is here, now and it’s named Album di Famiglia’s Lino coat.  This down-filled beauty offers a hip, futuristic look with a teeny wink to all things elven.  Featuring a back zipper, the Lino offers easy on and off to keep baby from getting too fussy while entering and exit the home.


A bundle of joy in carnate, Album di Famiglia’s down baby bunting and quilt is the chicest, easiest way to keep the tiniest baby toasty warm.  Luxuriously soft down is encased by 100% cotton,  This beauty comes in three colors (pink, brown and black) and grows with baby to turn from compfy cocoon to a stroller blanket and bedding.

Not sure which route to go?  Visit our complete Coats and Outerwear section to see which one tickles your fancy.

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