Friday, March 18, 2011
So I recently took a photo of my daughter in one of her favorite dresses. My daughter only likes to wear dresses, for now at least, and is always up for a smocked one. In this recent photo, as you can see, she is wearing her beautiful Bois de Rose blue floral dress with her construction hat and goggles. This got me thinking - smocked and classic clothing look great for any occasion! It also reminded me that I make a point as the buyer (and owner) for Maison de Belles Choses to buy quality at multiple price points.
I have been very pleased with Royal Child and Carriage Boutiques and the quality of their clothing at more affordable prices. This Celery Smocked Bishop Dress by Royal Child is beautiful! The color is great and the smocking is well done. What varies, I noticed, is the material is a cotton/polyester blend, rather than 100% cotton. The pink accents throughout look wonderful and this dress will get a ton of wear throughout the Spring/Summer season.
Carriage Boutique did a great job with this Blue Striped Smocked Dress. I love the fabric with the slightly raised white lines. The smocking is nice and tight and well done and the puff cap sleeve and peter pan collar just finish is out so well. It also comes with coordinating panty cover in the smaller sizes.
Funtasia Too is another favorite of mine and the brand is made in the USA. This is a family affair and they are true advocates for dressing kids well without breaking the bank. I am a huge fan of their bathing suits (more about them in another blog) and the Pillow Case Dress. This dress is well made, reversible and absolutely adorable! You can't pass this dress up this season.
Two dresses stand out this year in party dresses. First, the Vive la Fete Pink Smocked Party Dress has a wonderful vibrant pink for those girls who go for a more intense color scheme. For those with perhaps a more delicate color preference, the Zuccini Pink Party Dress is sure to please. The quality of the smocking and fabric is evident. Your little girl will look beautiful in these dresses also for her special occasion!
My children are often spotted in smocked or appliqued clothing - at school, at parties, and many other days. I find all the brands we carry to wash well and to last. My son has gotten almost everything on his smocked shirts and I can always get it out and the clothes hold up. I think you can never go wrong with well made clothing, at all price points and I hope you agree that smocked clothing can work for everything occasion!
Posted by Jen at 4:06 PM