This Saturday, Mazzy will be attending a wedding. The invitation says “formal attire” and it will be my baby’s first fancy event. (Milestone alert!)
In order to make sure Mazzy is properly decked out, I enlisted the help of Jenny Cooper, head of crewcuts design, the adorably fashionable kid’s line that’s an off-shoot of J. Crew. In addition to casual kid’s wear, crewcuts also has some of the best “special occasion” options for kids 2T and up.
Jenny humored me by answering a series of “fancy toddler” questions, including what to do in the event of Mazzy’s ULTIMATE FASHION NIGHTMARE— another girl showing up in the very same dress!!! (That’s Jenny pictured above with her two sons, 9 year-old Walker and 6 year-old Miller— just biding time till their next tuxedo-wearing opportunity, I’m sure).
Mazzy is invited to a summer wedding. What would you suggest she wear to steal maximum attention from the bride?
Something so chic the bride will be out-chicced. I would go with the brilliant color of our Maisie dress (perhaps rename it Mazzy in her honor!) It’s a little bit architectural, with a burst of flowers on the waist tie. Then I would let her have fun with the shoes and be comfortable – maybe the Bensimmon tennis Elly in coral, to play off the striking pink dress. Top the look off with a pair of sunglasses – The Selima Ecole for movie star glam OR the Selima Scout, if she prefers a bookish charm. Either way, the bride will die of envy!
I am in the process of growing out Mazzy’s bangs. Without a barrette, she looks like the baby version of Captain Caveman. What hair accessory can she wear to keep her locks in check?
A bunch of flower snap clips would be darling. It may sound like overkill but it will just look like a few of the flowers from the belt have escaped and lodged in her hair.
Let’s say Mazzy was invited with a date. Once she has selected her companion from a long list of interested candidates, what should she tell him to wear?
Obviously a tux jacket, but since I expect Mazzy will be dating a rebel that refuses to wear pants in summer, he can pair it with a spiffy short – like the blue oxford cloth and our red gingham bow tie. Then, because kids are allowed to mix it up a bit – add retro orange Jack Purcell sneakers. Selima aviators polish off the look.
Two toddlers show up to an event wearing the same dress. How should their moms handle it without causing a scene?
How adorable would that be??? Take lots of photos of them hugging each other and become BFFs.
That never would have occured to me. No wonder I have so few mom friends. Do you have an opinion on toddler heels?
I do. It’s unprintable. They are not my favorite thing…
AGREED. What is the biggest mistake parents make when dressing a child for a special occasion?
Trying too hard to make them look “formal” and forgetting that children are creatures of comfort. If the outfit is restricting or itchy, it will end up elsewhere than on the child. If a girl likes to wear a graphic tee with a taffeta ball skirt and her sneakers – let her!!! She’ll still steal the show!
Mazzy has a full schedule of classes, naptimes and playdates. Add an evening affair into the mix and we barely have time for a playground visit. Is it possible to take a toddler look from day to night without a full wardrobe change?
There is really no way to do day-to-night without a change of clothes. From my experience, too much of lunch winds up dripped on the day outfit to make it presentable for evening. I know it’s hard but sometimes an entire change is just a necessity.
Understood. One last question. On a scale of 1-10, how adorable is my daughter?
I would have to say 100.
THAT IS CORRECT! I mean, thank you.
UPDATE: Read all about my experience at the wedding in a post I call: The World’s Worst Wedding Date.
And check out pictures of Mazzy in the crewcuts dress here.
Check out crewcuts by J. Crew’s amazing selection of sweet-chic frocks, shoes and accessories for “pint-size party girls” by clicking here. I promise, you’ll find yourself wondering if they carry the clothes in your own size.
I’d like to know – does that pink dress come in an adult size? Because I WANT TO WEAR IT. Love the flower detail.
And the boys outfit? Adorable!
OK if I arrive at a function snd another Mom is wearing the same outfit … I am totally not being her bff unless her *ss is bigger than mine 😉
I am in love with those orange Jack Purcells. Not sure if I could pull it off, but it would distract from my muffin top. Be sure to post pix of Snazzy Mazzy!
Cute outfits! My mom absolutely hates it when I let my 4 yo daughter wear sneakers with her formal/Sunday dresses. I’m like would you rather her wear my 5 inch leopard printed Spice-Girl-wannabe hooker heels? Uhh…I mean…not that I own something like that or anything.
So crewcuts is one of MY favorite brands for kiddos. One of my favorite outfits for Anna was a crewcuts army green shirt dress when she was 3. It had a plaid belt and I also had a pair of awesome brown leather boots with it also from crewcuts. It was ADORABLE!
Seeing the boys outfit above just made me realize that Jack could probably use some really cute clothes for fall. And those aviators glasses?? O.M.G.! Going to check them out now…
Mazzy is going to steal the show!
Ok, first off: so damn cute.
But you forgot to ask my biggest question: How do you keep your 22 month old from pulling adorable dress over her head and flashing everybody?? Because face it, she loves how her longer dresses are the perfect peek-a-boo accessories…
Wait. Never mind gingham bow ties for little boys. I want them for grown men. I will marry every man I see with a gingham bow tie. It will be my small contribution toward bringing back polygamy.
Love the dress. Of course, Mazzy would look to-die-for in any dress, but I have to say that the Maisie dress will be particularly fetching. Bonus: Its name is spelled differently than the godawfully annoying fictoinal mouse of the same name. WIN.
Can’t wait to see pics of Mazzy in her formalwear! I remember Hazy’s first wedding – she had a beautiful silver dress, but unfortunately, she was going through her awkward balding stage. No flower barrettes could save her!
I want that little boy outfit. Even though I have a little girl. I just want to hang it up as an ensemble in my closet and stare at it because it’s so darn cute.
And I also have unprintable opinions about toddler heels. No. Just no.
Love both of those ensembles! I think you definitely need to find a date for Mazzy now because we NEED photos of her & the lucky boy in those outfits. Too cute.
As the mom of boys, I am drooling over hot pink dresses and coral sneakers. I am also remembering the wedding we attended last year, where my older son couldn’t wait to put on his tie and blue linen jacket, whereas my younger child refused to put on the so-cute sailboat tie and argyle vest, and thus attended in an untucked shirt and orange crocs. I even uttered the phrase “You are breaking mommy’s heart by not wearing a tie.”
Is Jenny positive I can’t show up to a formal affair in a pair of vivid colored sneakers? Maybe if she wrote me a note excusing me from excessive adult behavior? Also, I must immediately see Mazzy in those flower snap clips in order to relive my lost youth. I would have died for those things as a kid.
A stylish post for a stylish daughter. As Coco Chanel once said…”Never leave the house without a dab of milk behind the ears, a fuchsia gown, and an Elmo effigy.”
Amen to that.
If the Dane doesn’t make me a girl for our next child, I will weep. The dress! The shoes! The SUNGLASSES!
You have all the fashion fun!
They are one of my all time fav brands for my kids. So classic and amazing and awesome quality. I really need a frequent shopper punch card there.
So when do we get to see pics of Mazzy all dressed up?
Wish WE had a kid-friendly wedding to go to! Think that gingham tie is a tad too much for day camp???
Crewcuts makes me wish I was a little tyke – their clothes are just too too precious 🙂 And Mazzy will be the perfect model to rock out a crewcut outfit!!!
Mazzy wears her sparkly velcro purple and pink converse with almost everything.
Except when she wears her crocs. (shhhh)
The boy’s outfit almost makes we want to have a boy. ALMOST.
This is an excellent point. If there is ever a PART II to the interview, this will be my first question. Also— have you ever considered making an evening outfit that can transition into sleepwear? Like sequined footie pajamas? Half the time we take Mazzy out later than bedtime, we put her in pajamas so she can shipped straight from the car to bed.
Well, I am pleased to announce that you will not be making a play for my husband any time soon. I think you’d have to kill him, before he would wear a gingham bowtie.
Should I put an ad in the paper? Is there a toddler version of J-Date? Maybe I should put a “Date Me” sandwich board over her head and stick her in the playground? Let’s make this happen!
I just realized who’s gonna be wearing that mini-tux jacket. Mazzy first choice for a date would definitely be our furry red little friend.
Thank you Ilana! Now I know exactly what to style Ben & Sophie in for an upcoming wedding. Lucky for me orange is Ben’s fave color (as are sneakers!) and Sophie is a huge sneaker-with-tulle-and-tutu kinda girl. Cannot wait for pics of Mazzy’s wedding debut…I’m sure there will be a story to tell!
love both the boy and girl looks! my kids (all 3!) were just in a wedding and getting them ready almost killed me. i needed some of these easy tips!
ROFL! Love this post. Now if only we could all get permission to wear pink sneakers to the next wedding…
I have two children, two boys. And the only thing that makes really ache for another baby – a girl – is crewcuts. The girls clothes in crewcuts are SO, SO CUTE! I shop for my boys there all the time, because I love the clothes, and they’re SO comfortable!
LOVED this interview!
LOVE it!!! Curio+Kind has AMAZING special occasion too!!