I’m not sure whether I should lead with the kids back-to-school clothes or mine, because I have to tell you— I made perhaps the most important clothing discovery in my 44 year-old life. I am KICKING myself for not discovering this earlier, because it really would have changed everything.
I am a size petite.
I know. People think I am tall if they only know me from pictures online, but they are forgetting that their frame of reference is two other exceptionally small people— aka, Mazzy and Harlow. Yes, of course, I look tall when I stand next to my two tiny children. Would it surprise you to know that along with Harlow, Mazzy is also the shortest kid in her class?
Now I am not THAT short, which is why I have never tried on petite clothing before. I am 5.4″. At Boden, they size their petite clothes for 5.3″ and under. Also, I never went the petite route because I associated petite with being small in general (likes Sizes 0-4), and not just short. I’m usually a Size 8. A couple of years ago, a fashion designer friend told me that I have a short shoulder to breast expanse, which is why I am always adjusting my bra straps to the shortest length possible and also explains why neck and waist lines are often too low for me, creating a very dumpy effect, particularly in dresses. My friend told me that I should be altering all my shoulder seams with a tailor. I nodded and said, “Oh yes, my clothes will look so much better that way!” Then, out of purely sheer laziness, I did absolutely nothing to change them.
When I was faced with today’s collaboration with Boden, in which Boden was kind to include me (the mom) in a back-to-school clothing haul with my kids, I gravitated to the pretty dresses as usual. Then I reminded myself— NO. YOU NEVER LOOK GOOD IN THOSE. Just select something safe.
But what’s the fun in new clothes, if it’s always the same boring colors and silhouettes? I wanted to try some stuff that was fun and feminine! Then I saw the petite option and thought— Hmmmm…I wonder if the petite clothes would look right on me?
It worked! I cannot even tell you how excited I was putting on the dresses and seeing the waist in the right place. So much more flattering! I also got the petite size in these awesome wide legged pants, which made wide legged pants work for the very first time too.
Look how I don’t even have to hem the pants! Also, I’ve decided this polka dot shirt is the new black. It looks good with everything.
But enough about me, let’s get to the main back-to-school clothing event— MY KIDS.
Mazzy and Harlow have very different styles, but they have both always had a sweet spot for Mini Boden clothes. They have been wearing their clothes since they were little and since the stuff is so durable, most of Mazzy’s stuff makes it to Harlow’s hand-me-downs. And to just take it one step further, most of Harlow’s stuff gets handed down to Neve or Arami. So, when we get a new shipment of Mini Boden clothes, everyone in our family is excited.
I let Mazzy and Harlow choose their own clothes, and as expected, Harlow gravitated more towards the pretty tutus and playful dresses, while Mazzy selected fun t-shirts and funky leggings.
BUT. There were also a whole bunch of surprises. Like the fact that Mazzy selected a yellow bohemian dress with no prompting whatsoever.
She completed the look with a pair of navy boots and the whole outfit looked ADORABLE on her.
She also was excited about a sequin hedgehog tee (Mazzy is all about obscure animals) and a top with a peekaboo tent filled with hidden forest creatures.
Harlow flipped for the floral skirts and butterfly dresses. But her favorite stand alone item was definitely the pettable panda shirt. She LOVES pandas and wore that top for the rest of the weekend. Did you know it goes with leggings, jeans and pink tiered tutus?
It also goes great with navy polka dot kicks.
Because we took these photos on a pretty hot day, some of my favorite selections didn’t make the shoot (like Harlow’s gorgeous cardigan with bird appliques on the shoulders, Mazzy’s new unicorn fall jacket and my black button down denim dress), but you should definitely look forward to seeing those in the fall. And probably for the next few years too, because Mini Boden clothes last and always get handed down.
Meanwhile, as long as I don’t grow, I’ll be wearing my new petite-sized clothes forever.
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I LOVE the apple dresses for apple picking!
Printed transparent Mac for all the rainy days my 6 year old daughter has to walk from the main building to the annex.
Both my girls are loving the dog prints! Their Nene has a weenie dog named Rudy and when my toddler saw the weenie dog play set the squeeled “Rudy!”. It’s a must have. We LOVE mini boden
My youngest girl would love all the dog clothes– especially the cozy waterproof coat and the “I am a dog person” T-shirt. My oldest would go wild for the glitter boots and everything in their unicorn shop. So great!
My daughter HAS to have the Everyday Jacket in Mid Vintage Denim. She’s been dying for a denim jacket ever since she outgrew hers a year ago and we just haven’t found the right one. This one’s perfectly worn in and she can rock it even with her dark jeans (because that’s still a thing and even it wasn’t, it wouldn’t stop her).
Would LOVE the opportunity to purchase the Fox Cub sweater for my preschool/toddler boys this fall. Adorable! xoxo
We love Boden! The bright classic and timeless pieces that are so soft and comfy are awesome! Cute and comfy with all of them!
We have loved loved loved Boden rain coats and boots. They’re adorable and they are so needed when it rains.
My 6 year old would LOVE the red Chelsea boots.
My son would love the sequin guitar shirt – he just started Kindergarten, and music is his favorite class. There are SO many cute baby dresses for my daughter, but I think I might sneak in a jumpsuit for myself!
Chawton cord pants in green for me FOR SURE..cold weather accessories for my son.. the striped blue knit stuff would go great with the coat I’ve already bought!!
I love that they have an older boys section on the website, sometimes this Mom needs help keeping it cool.
I could see my oldest living in the Shaggy-Lined Joggers in every color.
My girls would adore the cat person shirt!
My daughter is a Horse lover! I love Mini Boden for all of their fun clothing incorporating animals. I would love to get her the Unicorn Applique T-Shirt 🙂
There are so many good things! But def would get one of the Waterproof Parkas. its cold up her in New England. Then a close second would be slip on shoes so he can change out of his boots. But I was def eyeing the Harry Potter merch
My older daughter loves the Harry Potter collection but my youngest wants all the flip sequins.
Also my daughter wants that same yellow dress and she is not a dress girl.
I love the fun pocket Jersey dress – my kids love dresses with pockets! THe spotty skater dress is super cute too, love the gold waistband.
The embroidered cardigans are so beautiful! And I totally agree with you about how long these clothes last!
My daughter has been a long-time fan of Boden’s dresses, especially the twirly ones.
PS – I love the boots Mazzy chose!
All the Harry Potter stuff is awesome!!!
My daughter can’t stop talking about the camping trip we did this summer so I think the tent shirt is a must!
That smocked dress is adorable!! But my youngest really loves those sparkly Chelsea boots!!! Really their line is really amazing this year!
My 9 year old son needs the Harry Potter Seeker zip up hoodie…
We want the Harry Potter Hogwarts sweater!!! Do they make that in an adult size? #please
O my gosh – my daughter would flip for the ladybug maryjanes! Wish they had them in adult sizes too!
I think my kid would love the adventure applique flower shirt or the fluffy bunny sweatshirt.
We need a new Sherpa lined jacket! We get a new one about every 2 years because they last forever and both my boys love them!
The novelty monster sweatshirt! My son would get such a kick out of that!
Finally, a store that has awesome flip sequin options for BOYS! I love the khaki green with the electric guitar for my 4 year old.
Love Mini Boden! My daughter would go crazy for the Printed Appliqué dress with the unicorn!
Definitely the Harry Potter dress! 😍
The pink glittery leather boots are to die for! My daughter loves to dress fancy and those are perfect.
I LOVE the new Harry Potter line — bought some for my toddler to “grow into” already!
My girls would be adorable in the everyday smocked dresses with a fair isle sweater layered over the top! We love Mini Boden!
I was going to look around and then this was the first thing I saw; Printed Appliqué Dress – Navy Love Clouds Unicorns. Done.
I am loving that polka dot shirt and wide leg pant combo, so that would be first on my list to buy!
We LOVE the look of the smocked dresses! My daughter loves anything twirly!
Fun Cosy Leggings – College Blue Sixties Rainbow or Active Leggings – Starboard Blue
My daughter loves bright dresses, and clothes with animals so I am loving the ecentric styles I am seeing on mini Biden. My 3 year old would love printed applique dress with the rainbow and unicorn or the cheetah one! She’d probably pair it with some clashing leggings!
My girls would adore the colour change sequin dress with the rainbow (https://www.bodenusa.com/en-us/colour-change-sequin-dress-college-blue-sixties-rainbow/sty-g1435-mul?cat=C1_S13_G4).
PS – I am in love with that floral dress you have on! Beautiful.
My older son would love the shark or the snow leopard shirt, and my younger son would love the monster socks. But honestly, I think they’d both love the hedgehog sequin shirt that Mazzy is wearing!
We love Boden (Mom and Dad too) and we NEED all of the Harry Potter collection! ⚡️
I need your polka dot shirt!! So cute!
Not going back to school- but back to day care that we call school! Love the animal print appliqué set! Especially the dachshund one!
My son is 7 and big for his age. He is past the little kid/cute clothing stage and I feel like boys clothing gets a lot less interesting as they get older.
With that said he would LOVE the rainbow stripe hoodie or the sporty sweatshirt with rainbow shoulders. He loves rainbow things (and sparkles and prints) but you don’t see too much of that in every day boy clothing. He needs this sweater. 🙂
Both of my girls wear a lot of dresses and they would LOVE any of the ones with unicorns and rainbows!
Those pink glittery boots would be awesome for my daughter!!
My daughter would LOVE that glow-in-the-dark cat tunic, and the pull on trousers look like they’d fit my hard-to-fit boy to a T.
My daughter has been eyeing the sparkly Chelsea boot!
The glitter leather Chelsea boots! So perfect with leggings or
Love Boden! My kids sometimes get clothing from this brand as presents from aunts and grandparents. My 4-year-old would go crazy for all the rainbows. It’s rainbows and hearts and dresses all the time in my house!
My daughter loves their leggings! The knees stay in good shape, much better than other brands! She would also love the cozy vest 😉
My child needs Harlow’s favorite Panda shirt!
The frilled knitted jumper with the bunnies kissing on it! Too cute.
I love Boden clothing! I have had my eye on the Hengrave coat for awhile now. I could get my daughter and I matching ones!
I love just about everything in the Harry Potter collection, as well as the fox sweater. My son would probably go for the bunny sweater, too, if it didn’t have the ruffles on the shoulders.
We live in NJ and need a good fitting winter coat for snow. I love the all weather waterproof coats and snow on colors! And I think I must get your polka dot shirt! I will be trying the petit options based off your recommendation. I am 5’3″ and have all of the same issues. Thanks for the post!
I can’t pick just one; I like so many designs for my boys. Favorites include the Sequin t-shirts Grey Marl Car and the music applique t-shirt with the red drum set.
Love the cargo trousers. There are so many great choices. Wow….
The girls smocked dress is adorable!
The unicorn appliqué dress and fair isle heart cardigan are right up my girls’ alley! I always love paging through their catalogs, need to finally place an order!
Mini Boden has long been a favorite of ours as well!! I just actually got my 5 year old the cutest polka dot high tops with flowers on the laces. I also really love the gray cardigan with rainbow stripes on the sleeves!
I need a million colorful cardigans and shoes to mix and match with my otherwise boring black/navy wardrobe!
My daughter would love the dog person AND cat person shirts and all the rainbow choices! 🙂 So many cute things!
LOVE Boden! We coordinated our entire family outfits around the Boden Florabunda print because my daughter HAD to have the Scallop Knit Dress and I chose colors from the print for the rest of the family! Our go to for both kids!
I would love to get the pack away puffer jackets for my boys and the Crocodile surf suits for upcoming swimming lessons.
We love the short overalls! we want to try the long overalls for the colder weather. And the hogwarts sweater!
The cosy waterproof coat in dusty rose is to die for! I have two daughters (ages 2 and 4) and have been on the lookout for coats just like that! ❤️
Its all unicorns and dresses for my 4 year old. She would flipped for the unicorn tiered dress or the the printed smock dress. I would love to see her in the easy everyday dress.
I’ve been eyeing the unicorn coat for my kindergartener. She’s been wearing another mini Boden coat that I bought on consignment for two years now and she’s finally outgrown it!
My daughter would love the color changing long sleeve panda shirt!
It’s all darling but this grandma LOVES the patterned tights. They add more than just coverage, they add personality and make any outfit more fun. I think I need some for myself!
For myself, the teacher, the Jasmine Ottoman dress. For my daughter, the cat appliqué dress. There are too many cute things!
My daughter is 6 months old so she doesn’t have much of a say in this (lol) but I think she would look adorable in the red striped Harry Potter long john PJs. I am a huge HP fan and can’t wait until she is old enough for me to share the stories with her.
My tween girl loves the cat applique tunic and fun leggings and my kindergartener and 3rd grade boys are eying the fast vehicle t-shirts. Meanwhile, this mom who needs an office wardrobe again is here for the tweed pants, wool toe waistpantsand the ketton wide leg pants.
All 3 of my kids could use a cosy waterproof coat, they look perfect for a freezing Midwest winter!
Sorry if this comment posted more than once, the site keeps crashing 🙈
Love the polka dot sneakers! My littlest has suddenly started preferring fancy sneakers.
I love the Chelsea leather boots with glitter!
The Harry Potter collection is awesome! Being a boy mom it’s hard to find fun graphic tees that aren’t superhero, Minecraft, or anything of that sort! I would love to be able to get my guy some cool shirts from the Mini Boden boys line!
All of the Harry Potter stuff is adorable, but if I had to pick one must have, it has to be the sporty chevron dress. So cute!
My daughter would flip for the unicorn mittens!
My boys would love anything from the Harry Potter collection!!
Both of my boys would love the prehistoric zip up hoodie!
I LOVE Boden (wearing the Effie blouse right now and wore the Connie jersey top yesterday – both are excellent!). My daughter would go nuts for the cozy waterproof coat with the dog print and I love the sherpa-lined anorak (but it would be so hard to choose the print!) I think we’d also stock up on leggings for her. They are such good quality and there are so many cute designs!
Omgg just checked out the site, so cute! Looks like they’ve got my son covered with the instrument and shark shirts! My daughter is currently obsessed with anything cat or leopard print but I also think she would love the fairy appliqué shirt 🙂 fingers crossed!
The unicorn tiered dresses are too cute and would look great on my 4 year old.
My daughter would like to have that blue stripes with daisies for her Saturday chinese school class ! It’s so beautiful and gives you a happy mood to start school on Saturday 😝. We are family loving boden , since they were babies ! There are so many in my carts right now 💗.
I just received the Boden catalog in the mail two days ago and fell in love with this floral maroon wrap dress! And also I’d like Harlow’s yellow button up skirt in my size please and thank you 😆
The fair isle cardigan is so so cute!
We need this dog shirt! https://www.bodenusa.com/en-us/novelty-lift-the-flap-t-shirt-rockabilly-red-ivory-dog/sty-y0831-red?cat=C1_S15_G360
We LOVE MiniBoden! My daughter always picks a few pieces throughout the year, and everything last long after she outgrows it. This year she would love the fair isle blue cardigan with hearts <3.
My daughter loves dogs and we just got a puppy so she would love the dog person shirt! They have such cute clothes
I have been wanting to try Boden and Mini Boden for so long!! Would love a few new work dresses. I also love that they have so many petite options!
Twirly dress for sure!
I’d get the navy supersoft leather shoes for my 18 month old son.
So many cute pieces to choose from! I’m loving the woolly mammoth cosy sweater. It will look so sweet on my toddler girl and can passed down to the baby brother cooking in my belly.
Love the cargo trousers. So many items to choose from!!!!
Oh my goodness the Fairy Aplique T-shirt is a must for Claire, and the leather sparkly boots (Oops I forgot the name) are a must for Lizzy-Jane!! They have a lot of beautiful stuff💜
I want those Hedwig overalls or anything Harry Potter for my little wizards!!
We love Mini Boden so much! By far the most durable clothes we’ve come across. My daughter would love the glow in the dark cat tunic!
The Harry Potter line just has me spinning over its cuteness! Though there’s always a million cute things I can’t find anywhere else besides Mini Boden…I’d narrow it down to charms dress for my daughter and lightning bolt jeans for my son.
We are digging the skate pants this season!
I love Mini Biden! My
Oldest daughter wants everything from the new Harry Potter line!
My daughter would love the sequin music t-shirt with the microphone. She’s so excited to be in chorus this year! Her school makes all 4th graders participate in chorus. I’m not saying she can’t sing, but let’s just say she wouldn’t make it in if there were tryouts. Lol
Definitely sweatshirt dresses and tights! I love seeing Harlow’s outfits. Her style is very similar to our daughter, Adalee’s. It would be a “fancy dress” kinda day all year round if she had her way.
Btw just wanted to say you seem so honest and are truly a delight to follow. Even our daughter loves to watch the kids box openings, Harlow’s baking show, etc. We love what you’re putting out there!!!!
My 3yo girl hasn’t gotten her winter coat yet so I’m going to be practical and say the water resistant cozy coat in pink metallic because I hear we’re going to have a rough winter this year! But the fashionista in me wants the shiny brogues for her!
I love those navy boots!! So chic for kids!
My 3 year old would love the Saber-Tooth Tiger t-shirt! He desperatly wants to see a real life living breathing Saber-Tooth Tiger, he asks everyday if I can make it happen and is so disappointed they are extinct 🙁
My daughter is in love with all things unicorn so the applique dress with the unicorn and rainbow would be perfect for her!
I am going to need that cord mini skirt in ALL the colors! It’s the perfect mini length!
So much cute stuff but I would first get the car sequin shirt! Combines my son’s two favorite things- cars and sequins!
The puffer coat! And the sweater dresses.
My daughter Lola HAS to have the Cat Person shirt!!