September 16, 2018 on 3:59 am
Shopping for fall and school can become an expensive undertaking, since you have to purchase back-to-school supplies, backpacks, electronics, clothing and many other things within short time frame. Weather usually turns quickly once September comes and if you live in colder climate, she may also need a winter coat or boots. I understand this since I’m also a parent and always dressed my daughter in boutique clothing.
I decided to write this short article, to give you some ideas about how to shop on a budget and not to go broke by mixing-and-matching several items to create a wardrobe for fall and winter this season. Many times, we base our buying decision on price and not on the functionality of item or it’s usefulness. I’m just a s guilty of this myself. So many times, I would go in the store and see something affordable and cute and I would buy it. Then I would come home and realize that I have absolutely nothing in my wardrobe that would look good with this. Which means that I would need to spend more money to make an outfit. I still make this mistake, but I’ve learned over the years, that it’s better to buy less and maybe at higher price than having full closet off mismatched things. So we would like to show you some of the items from our Fall 2018 Collection that would mix and match well and are absolute must haves.
This first grouping shows 4 items from Hannah Banana that all mix and match together, depending on the age and the look you are trying to achieve, this Sparkly Hannah Banana Tulle Skirt looks great with all other 3 pieces and makes 3 different outfits. let’s expand little more, let’s add another grouping and see what else can be added to expand the wardrobe.
Ok, so we add 2 more items, Autumn Cashmere Sweater w/Black Pleated Back and Ragdoll & Rockets Black Faux leather Pants. Both of these mix and match perfectly with all 4 items from previous grouping, especially with the skirt and leather jacket. The leather pants and not just your regular pants, they are super nice with soft suede on the inside and are perfect for winter.
Need more casual options for school ? No problem, let’s add a couple more. Let’s add Plaid Ragdoll & Rockets Shirt & Dropped Shoulder Winter Bloom Ruffle top, both of them are perfect with black faux leather pants
We could keep going and keep adding more, but I think you got our point. These 9 pieces will look great together and give unlimited outfit options, especially if you give it a little bit more thought and incorporate this into her existing closet. Stay tuned, we’ll be back with another post about mixing and matching!
Oh, and you are wondering why we added that Cosmic Cutie Dress by Hannah Banana on top of this blog? This just an overall great party dress and will look fabulous with black leather jacket, especially in tween sizes
August 11, 2015 on 4:18 pm
Fashionistas and food-lovers don’t always have lot in common, so who would expect fashion designers to take styling advise from the culinary arts? And that’s exactly what they are doing for fall 2015. This season’s attempt at print mixing invites a little bit of everything to the table. With a dash of cheetah print here and spot of polka dots there, designers are taking a more-is-better approach to the print making, creating a whirlwind of whimsical and quirky fashions for tween girls and little girls alike. Girls fashions are often accented with glitter and sequins to make it even more over the top. And as prints become more more vivid and realistic in part to advancement in print making, this mixing trend is sure to continue well into Spring 16.
Here are some of the examples from our fall 15 offers:
October 3, 2014 on 3:32 am
Leaves are turning yellow, one of my favorite seasons is here. Holidays will be upon us very shortly too. October is the time when most of us schedule Holiday photo sessions and kids have pictures taken at school. These pictures are important because they create precious memories of the childhood that will last for years to come. Personally, I save all of my daughter’s little mementos, thinking that one day, when she has her own kids, she would like to open the box and show it all to her own children. However, shopping for a Holiday outfit for your little girl can be stressful if not approached correctly. After all, she doesn’t need just a dress, which would be fairly easy to find, but she also needs matching headband, shoes, tights and sometimes a shrug to keep her warm. If you are in the same boat as I’m, you probably know how hard it is to find all that in one place.
Unfortunately, my 14 year old outgrew kid sizes recently, so I can’t just go to the warehouse and pick something cute for here, like I used to when she was younger. Now I have to go shopping someplace else. And of course, she has to approve everything I buy for her. On many occasions, I tried to go to the mall and get everything I needed in one or two stores, but it was virtually impossible. By the time, I found a dress ( if I was lucky), I was so exhausted that I had no energy to look for matching shoes or accessories. I also tried boutiques, but boutique stores usually carry a small selection and sizes are usually sold-out. Having recognized that need, I realized that it would be nice to find everything you needed in one place. Littlefashionsboutique.com strives to be that one place.
We carry a wide selection of beautiful girls’ Holiday dresses, along with matching shoes, hair accessories, tights and socks and lots more. We even show matching accessories on the same page as the outfit in “You will like column”, which means that accessories shown there will match the dress. Unfortunately internet also has it’s limitations, due to various screen resolutions, items may appear different color than they actually are. It may appear that items don’t match at all because pictures were taken with different lighting or different camera. The best way to decide is to see an actual item. And this is what we do here, we put accessories with the dress and see how it looks, before offering them as an outfit must have. If you are in doubt, you can always call or email our customer service and we will help you fin right accessories and answer any questions you may have about an item.
Of course, there are basic rules that apply to creating an outfit. If you are going with solids, it’s pretty simple. Just make sure that your shade of red is the same or similar on your accessories. If you are more daring and love mixing colors, or the dress has multiple colors, make sure to alternate colors. For example, if you want to combine gold and ivory, (one of the most popular color schemes after red), make sure to alternate. Example: Ivory headband, gold dress, ivory tights, gold shoes. You want to combine red and gold, do gold headband, red dress, ivory or beige tights, gold shoes. What if the colors are mixed? Well, if the bottom of the dress is gold, wear red tights, if the bottom of the dress is red, wear ivory or gold tights. Simple alternating is the best solution.
In some cases, it is not so intuitive and easy, as I mentioned before, it’s not always easy to determine colors online, especially when you are trying to match something you already purchased. So I decided to put some of the Holiday looks together showing different looks with different types of accessories.
The first dress is beautiful Haute Baby “Ivy Rose” Tween Slip Dress.
The colors on this dress are soft pink and golden beige, that shimmers and shines and is hard to describe or match. Haute Baby already offers matching ivory and beige bow and ivory shrug. But is is the only option? Of course not. One of the options would be Coastal Projections Sparkly Golden Beige Sequined Shoes w/Rosettes paired with manufacturer’s bow or Golden Rose Heaband by Kids Kapers.
Another route would be Coastal Projections Sparkly Light Pink Customs Sequined Shoes paired with light pink hair accessories. What if you want her to wear an ivory shrug? No problem, pair it up with Coastal Projections Ivory Sequined Flower Sparkly Shoes w/Rosettes and an ivory
Ok, next item is gorgeous Biscotti “Deck the Halls” Festive Red Drop Waist Holiday Dress. This is a traditional rich red tulle bottom dress with sequined bodice and can be easily accessorized with red shoes and bow. But what if you want to try something different? No worries, we have that covered too. How about stunning Joyfolie Valeria Red Satin Holiday Girls Shoes w/Gold Bow & matching Couture Clips Large Gold Glitter Bow Headband. If you don’t want to spend extra money on headband, you can always use a small hair clip that comes with Joyfolie Shoes free of charge.
August 26, 2014 on 4:51 pm
Recently we have been getting quite a few new customers who are not familiar with the way pre-orders work. So we decide to write a little article explaining this interesting way of shopping.
To begin with, pre-orders are not commonly offered through large online retailers, they are only offered through smaller, more unique upscale boutiques that sell designer clothing. In short, pre-order is an advance purchase, similar to layaway, but not quite the same. With layaway, you are putting aside something that is readily available in the store; but with pre-order, you are purchasing something that has not been produced or has not yet arrived to the store. At Littlefashionsboutique.com pre-orders are usually done for 2 seasons: fall/winter and spring/summer and are taken out of the current stock. In other words, you are pre-ordering items that we already ordered from the manufacturer and only limited quantities will be available for purchase. Fall/Winter pre-orders are usually offered from June to late August, for Spring/Summer from November to late February. Once items arrive to our store, they become “in-stock” items and can not be pre-ordered. Then is it called ” special order” and it’s not guaranteed. The reason is that when we shop for the season, we frequently order merchandise 3-8 months in advance, and most of our manufacturers cut-to-order. They do not cut any extra merchandise or cut very small amount in addition to what was already ordered. Some larger companies cut about 10% overstock and we can place “special orders” or get extra available stock from those companies.
Pre-order is a great way to shop early and to guarantee that your favorite items do not sell-out by the time shopping season starts. Good thing about pre-orders is that you don’t have to pay in advance, Littlefashionsboutique.com only charges 25% deposit once your order is received. We also offer flexible payment options, per customer request, we can charge 50% deposit, charge entire amount or not charge anything at all until you ask. However with Paypal purchase you will be charged in full, that’s just how Paypal works. So if you are placing a pre-order and want to pay just a deposit, use regular credit card, this way you have more options. Pre-Orders are great way to shop for necessity items like winter coats & jackets, Holiday dresses or a matching pair of shoes that will be needed a month or two. Another great thing about pre-orders is that they ship Free, make sure to check all the announcements on the website and join mailing list to be aware of the promotions and coupons.Expected delivery windows for pre-orders are always stated in item descriptions, but they are approximate and are not cut in stone, if you have a short time frame, you can always call us to confirm the expected delivery time.
April 26, 2014 on 4:38 am
After long and dreary winter, I’m sure you can’t wait to put away darker clothes and start wearing bight, summer colors. In this article we would like to highlight some of the top hues for Spring and Summer 14 that your kids are sure to enjoy.
Blue is a New Pink this Season
Blue is always thought of as a traditional color for boys, however this Summer, many girls’ clothing designers incorporated this color into their collections. From stunning shimmering tulle dresses by Ooh La La Couture with Swarowski Crystals, to a trendy white and Blue China Print tunic dress by Laundry Girls and sweet white and blue lace eyelet creations by Halabaloo, almost girls clothing designers have created their own versions of beautiful girls frocks in vibrant blue hues. Some are more subtle than the others, some are more bold and patterned, and almost all of them combined with silver, white or rhinestones. We feel that blue is a great alternative if you are getting tired of pink and it looks flattering with many types of complexions as proven by our little collage below.
Shop the blue trend now!
February 13, 2014 on 5:27 pm
Are you watching the Olympic Games in Sochi? I usually don’t follow them very closely, but this time it’s much closer to home and to my heart. I grew-up in Sochi area, just 5 kilometers away from the stadium where Russian figure skaters won silver and gold medals yesterday. I’m very proud of them and of Russia in general. Figure Skating and Hockey are immensely popular sports in Russia. When I was a kid, growing up in the 70″s, we always watched figure skating on TV, it was an event for the whole family and it’s my favorite sport to watch even now.
You hear a lot of negative publicity about Russian President, about how much money was spent on the Olympics, how much was stolen, about stray dogs running around the streets etc, etc. Much of this stuff is over-blown and exaggerated. You have to go there and see with your own eyes, before you believe everything you see on TV.
As far as I’m concerned, this is totally irrelevant. I know that Olympic Games are good for Sochi and for Russia and what was achieved for past 7 years is simply staggering! Do you know what was there before they built a huge sports complex with hotels and stadiums? There was a waste land with mosquitoes and weeds. I was there in 2003 with my husband and my daughter who was 3 yrs old at that time. We drove around the area in my brother’s car one day, and the car broke-down. We had to wait for a friend to come and help us for an hour or maybe more. (Yes, Russians call a friend, not a triple – A) My daughter had mosquito bites all over her. And that was exactly where the Olympic Park of Adler is right now. Sochi is a sea-side resort town that spreads 120 kilometers along the Black Sea Coast , there is not much industry in that area, except tourism. It’s going to bring more jobs to that area and help develop the economy. And this is what Adler Sports Complex area looks like now:
Entire infrastructure has been rebuilt with new airport, new roads and high speed trains, new train station and housing. I was in Sochi in 2007 when they won the bid for Olympic games and my relatives, who live in Sochi, are telling me that I will not recognize the area, it’s totally transformed. I don’t know why this can be bad and why so much negativity. See new 7-story train station in Adler below:
People are the same everywhere, they try to live, to raise their families and to have fun, if they can. Russians are very Cosmopolitan, they embrace other cultures with open heart and try to adapt the best of the Western World. I wish the Western World would do the same. Don’t judge, just get on a plane and see it for yourself. You’ll be in for treat, it’s a lovely pace to visit.
January 22, 2014 on 9:41 pm
As a boutique store owner, every so often, I get emails from my customers about starting an online store and how to find merchandise for your store.
So I decided to write a little bit about this in our blog.
Sure, having a children’s clothing store it a lot of fun and is very rewarding emotionally, especially if you love kids and have lots of patience. I got into this business, because I loved to dress-up my own daughter and I love fashion in general. I learned about different brands by browsing Ebay and selling second hand clothing on it. Then I started purchasing new clothing and reselling it on auction sites. It took me several years to figure-out what’s hot and what’s not.
For stay at home moms who have some free time and want to make a few extra bucks, it’s perfect. However, if you want to build a serious business to support your family, it’s not that easy.
There are many aspects to owning online clothing store. It’s 24/7 job as it requires so much more than just building a website and buying merchandise to sell. Retail business has very low margins, so you will not become rich overnight, if ever. To build a successful kids clothing store, you need to know about SEO, Online Marketing, Google, Facebook, Pinterest and other numerous Social Media venues. With constant algorithm changes by search engines, it is very hard to stay on top of the page, where customers can find you. So you need to figure this out yourself or to hire someone else to do it for you, which is very expensive. You also need to figure out what carriers offer the best shipping options, packaging, wrapping and so much more.
And here comes the fun part. Shopping for your store. Let’s face it, many online store owners get into this business, because they love to shop. But shopping for the store is very different that shopping for yourself. Let’s say you purchase a few thousand dollars of merchandise from the brand that you absolutely love, but your customers don’t feel that same love. What do you do? Bring it back and return it like you would your own personal item? Not so fast, you can’t do it. You have to figure-out how to sell it without a loss or persuade your customers that this is an amazing clothing line that they absolutely can’t live without. So good marketing skills are a must.
To set it all aside, shopping is still so much fun for me. When you go to trade show, there is so much diversity as you see manufacturers form all over the world and get to talk to many people with a variety of backgrounds in manufacturing field. However, for the past few years, due to week economy, it has been increasingly difficult to find new quality lines that we would like to add to our store. I have the seen the trend that many store owners are selling the same tried and true brands that they have been selling for years. The downside to it is that there is too much competition, & customers are getting tired of seeing the same clothing all over again. To keep your customers coming you need to find fresh new lines that they will appreciate & love.
This is why I was very excited when I found several new lines for our store for Spring 2014 Season. Those are: Ondade Mar Swimwear for Girls, Reina Mora Dresses and Cupcakes & Pastries. We will have a separate blog post about these lines, but I jut had to mention these. Ondade Mar is my absolute new favorite. This collection is sold at upscale stores like Barneys, but I think we are the first online store to carry it, so you won’t find it on your next door kid at the pool. The quality of this line is amazing and the prints are so fun! It’s good for little girls and tweens, but we mostly have it in tween sizes, we just received it and it’s ready to ship. They also have amazing cover-ups and dresses, one of them is: Ondade Mar White Eyelet Dress/Cover-up.
Here are the pictures of some of my favorites form Spring 14 Ondade Mar Collection, have fun shopping and ask questions if you’d like about his post or in general.
August 29, 2013 on 8:00 pm
From holiday parties to school pictures, casual play dates to family gatherings, Isobella & Chloe offers a gorgeous selection of special occasion dresses and every day outfits that’s as just as adorable as it is affordable. This designer is known for the ability to capture the innocence of youth, while still incorporating a fashion-forward style that your little girl or tween will absolutely adore. Plus, Isobella & Chloe loves to offer headbands and hair accessories that match their dresses and outfits, making it easy for you to create a simply stunning head to toe look.
But pretty dresses aren’t the only thing that this unique designer brand is known for; Isobella & Chloe also creates swimwear for little girls and tweens. And whether its for that tropical winter vacation or summertime fun, you won’t want to miss Ciao Bella, Isobella and Chloe‘s super-cute swimwear collections.
In fact, it’s not a surprise that Isobella and Chloe has been the recipient of 2012 Earnie Awards — a prestigious annual competition that’s been recognizing the best in design excellence in children’s clothing for more than 35 years — in multiple categories, including Best Dresswear and BestSwimwear.
Isobella & Chloe got its start as an offshoot of Best of Chums International Inc.. Since 2000, Best of Chums created baby booties, onesies, hoodies and gift sets, all done up in unique, hard-to-find color combos, soft knitwear, whimsical, humorous styling, and innovative ready-to-give packaging. The line quickly grew in popularity and in 2006, the line released a small collection of special occasion dresses under the Isobella & Chloe brand.
Customer response was enthusiastically positive, and the line expanded to include more casual looks, knitwear, swim wear, sister styles and coordinated hair accessories. Despite the brand’s explosive growth, Isobella and Chloe has remained true to their original — and unique — design vision: Creating innovative detailing and stylish, feminine looks that make every girl feel like a treasured princess.
Celebrity kids love Isobella and Chloe, too! Tween actress and singer Joey King, who’s starred in movies such as “Ramona and Beezus,” wore a gorgeous, white Isobella & Chloe frock in her role as Molly in 2011′s “Crazy, Stupid Love.”
Looking at the designer’s holiday dresses, its not hard to understand this brand’s popularity. This “Neverland” holiday dress for little girls exemplifies the brand’s attention to detail, with exquisite floral accents — all with hand-beaded centers — sparkling pailettes, and layer upon layer of tiered ruffles, all in rich jewel tones. And, of course, like so many special occasion Isobella & Chloe dresses, this one comes with a matching headband for effortless accessorizing.
But it’s not all about the little ones; for the tween in your life, Isobella and Chloe creates stunning confections that make any special occasion even more special. Case in point: The stunning “Sabrina” holiday dress, which combines rich, navy blue velvet with exquisite lace for a look that she’ll adore.
With a dropped waist silhouette, a lovely tiered skirt with contrasting hemline, ruffles and embroidered accents, and just-right floral detailing, this beautiful dress is sure to be her favorite for parties, school events and holiday celebrations, not to mention picture day.
Isobella & Chloe‘s Fall 2013 collection is available now. Don’t miss out on this amazing designer!
April 23, 2013 on 2:47 pm
To tweens and young adults, celebrities and fashion are extremely important. They want to imitate the fashion trends and outfits that they see on their favorite television shows and movies. They read magazines and watch fashion shows to see how they can imitate their favorite stars. The goal in all of this celebrity following is to buy tween brands and celebrity fashion that they see their idols wearing. The following blog post delves into these popular tween brands that are worn 8- to 14-year-old celebs.
Ooh La La Couture
Kiddo by Katie
Les Tout Petits
Luna Luna Copenhagen
If you’re looking for a cute outfit for your daughter to wear to a special event, vacation, or family portraits, consider checking out these tween designers that have been turning heads of tabloids and celebrities for many years. Each designer provides a special touch that makes each piece unique and beautiful for the tween girl in your family.
March 8, 2013 on 5:00 pm
Spring is in the air and you know what that means – Easter is just around the corner! This special holiday is the perfect time to get together with friends and family to celebrate the season of renewal. And along with all of the holiday festivities comes a host of events, from church gatherings to school functions to garden parties.
With so much to celebrate, you want your daughter to look her beautiful best. What better way to usher in the change of seasons than with a gorgeous new Easter dress!
The search for that perfect dress can feel a bit like a treasure hunt. After all, there are so many styles, shapes and colors of girl’s Easter dresses to choose from – and they all would look so cute on your special girl! These tips will help you narrow it down and find the perfect Easter dress for your baby, toddler, little girl or tween.
Start the Search Early
First, give yourself some time to look. Today’s designer girls’ dresses offer an extremely wide range of colors, fabrics, embellishments and silhouettes from which to choose, and if you don’t have an idea of what you’re looking for, the choices can seem overwhelming.
But your girl’s taste and look are unique, so it’s important to find the very best match for her particular style. Browse through a few magazines to get some ideas of what the latest fashions are before you start searching in earnest. Note the colors and fits that look best on your girl: Do you want a short or long look? A classic A-line skirt or an intricate tulle confection?
You don’t need to know exactly what you want, but a rough idea will help streamline the process.
Get the Perfect Fit
Next, make sure you get the perfect fit. Whether you’re seeking girls’ Easter dresses, special occasion girls’ dresses, or girls’ party dresses, a great fit can make all the difference!
Unlike most casual outfits, special occasion girl’s dresses are constructed from very high quality fabrics that don’t tend to stretch; that means they may fit a bit differently than, say, a jersey maxi dress or other, less formal clothes. That makes it extra important to get the perfect fit!
When you’re ordering online to get the best selection, take your girl’s measurements. Use a flexible measuring tape and take each measurement twice to ensure accuracy. Have your girl dress in the types of undergarments she’ll be wearing under her Easter dress and measure her:
Now that you’ve got her measurements, you can start shopping! When you find dresses that you like, compare her measurements to the size charts or size guides provided to ensure a great fit.
If you’re shopping for baby girl dresses or toddler girl dresses, body shape doesn’t matter quite yet. But for little girl’s dresses and tween girl’s dresses, you should take body type into consideration.
If her shape is bigger, you may want to avoid long or tight bodices. Instead, choose a forgiving silhouette, such as a bias cut or smocked bodice. The chest measurement is the most important for this body type.
Once you’ve found the perfect dress, allow enough time for ordering, shipping and alternations if necessary. A well-sized dress that flatters your girl’s body type and matches her unique style will make for a beautiful Easter!