You’re Never Too Young to Accessorize

March 8, 2010 · 6 comments


Dressing a little girl is fun.  She’s cute beyond belief, and, at 18 months old, still too young to object to our ideas about what she should wear, at least for a few more weeks. Shopping for a little girl isn’t easy, though, at least for these two men.  There’s certainly a lot to choose from, but a lot of what’s out there seems to fall into two problematic categories.  In one, the clothes are too elaborate –overly sweet, frilly, over-embellished, impractical and, often, a little kitschy.  In the other, they’re basic, practical and mostly tasteful, but they can seem a bit drab for a bubbly little girl. A toddler-chic middle ground is hard to find.

This winter I discovered a solution that stylish people have relied on for eons: accessories.  We had got Julia a nice winter coat that was tailored, tasteful and, well, brown.  Strolling through the girls section of the little J.Crew store in Southampton (which we do often), we ran across a fabric flower hair clip that I thought might make a nice ornament to cheer up her new (and, yes, slightly dowdy) coat.  It wasn’t difficult to adapt.  I gently peeled off the felt backing, removed the metal barrette and reattached the felt with a little fabric glue.  A few stitches secured the flower to the coat.


It got good reviews.  Spurred on by this success, I’ve adapted a couple more of these hair ornaments to add a little girlish charm to some of Julia’s more utilitarian jackets and sweaters.  They seem to dry-clean reasonably well, but I remove them from anything before it goes in the wash.  Attaching them with a safety pin makes this easier, and, of course, gives one more accessory options.

The girls’ Fleur hair clips are $8.50 at J.Crew stores and  FlowerPin

J.Crew now makes fabric flower pins for girls, but they’re far too large for a toddler.  Next, maybe some cool belts . . . .


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HL August 5, 2010 at 4:35 am

I officially am jealous! hehe. Hey, I just found out about this amazing site of yours (thanks to Bryanboy), I seriously think it’s amazing! I lvoe every bit of it and that cute lovely little girl.

Damn, this is way better than depending on torrent(if you know what I mean) for the fantasy! You guys are such cool dads!!

have a splendid life!

Jan August 5, 2010 at 11:05 am

Such a refreshing site – what a great homemaker you are.
Congrats on your little one.
(I’m also via Bryanboy)

cnordquist August 5, 2010 at 11:33 am

Thank you, HL! I’m glad you’re enjoying the site.

cnordquist August 5, 2010 at 11:34 am

Thank you so much! (And thanks to Bryanboy for the great feature.)

Sydneychic August 6, 2010 at 3:11 am

I, too am visiting via Bryanboy. Here, here to a wonderful site and great dads with a refreshing, honest and very, very stylish take on life.

cnordquist August 9, 2010 at 11:04 am

Thanks so much, HL. I’m glad you’re liking the blog.

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