The Essentials of a Southern Child’s Wardrobe
We don’t dress our tykes in miniature tuxedos for weddings, no, they’ll be wearing a button-on bobby suits. And there’s no occasion that doesn’t call for our sweet-as-sugar little girls to don their best smocked dress with a hair bow to match. It seems children’s wardrobe essentials are just a bit more classic down here. Whether we’re talking monogrammed children’s clothes, smocked children’s clothes, or children’s clothes for playtime; there’s a certain look that makes it easy to spot a Southern child in a crowd of the pint-sized skinny jeans so popular elsewhere. Our affinity for timeless styles allow for a son to wear a hand-me-down not only from his big brother, but one from Dad’s childhood too. Southern children’s clothing stores and designers, like the ones featured here, tailor to this fact and make their clothes durable enough to suit multiple generations. Take a look through these essentials and make sure all your favorite little ones have a suitably Southern wardrobe.
Little boys and little girls look just a bit sweeter when they’re wearing knee-highs, don’t you agree? Whether they’re cable-knit, stockings, or ribbed, knee-socks are as classic as they come.
Mary Janes and Saddle Shoes
We take our footwear seriously down here, with an emphasis on sticking with the classics. Mary Janes and saddle shoes are the special-occasion treads discerning Southern moms choose for their little ones, though you won’t see them jumping in puddles (unless someone is being a bit naughty)—there are playtime shoes for such adventures.
Peter Pan Collars
There’s no match for the Peter Pan collar. It’s the perfect undergarment for jumpers, longalls, and shortalls, in addition to being a prim-and-proper choice for pairing with pants, shorts, and bloomers.
When it comes to monogramming, Southern mama’s can attest more is more. Cardigans, dresses, shirts, backpacks, blankets, newborn gowns and bibs; nothing is off limits when it comes to monogramming little belongings.
Smocking isn’t gender specific, though smocked dresses abound down South, year round. Jon jons, longalls, and even dress shirts are go-tos for the boys’ smocked looks.
No matter whether they’re of the hair or tie variety, bows are an essential part of every Southern tot's wardrobe. We love this tartan version for little gents this holiday season, but we don’t want to forget the girls. These petite velvet hair bows are just festive enough and come in a pack of six to ensure there’s one to match every smocked dress in her closet.