A few months ago I decided to make a bold promise to myself...from the time Ella turned one to sometime in the future (at least a year), I am going to dress my daughter only in clothes that are:
- second hand or hand-me-down
- a gift
There are so many darling clothes on the market, especially for little girls, but I feel it's important to support individual artisans and give old duds new life. Before Ella was born, we received a box of perhaps the nicest hand-me-downs from friends with amazing taste (and generosity!)
One of our favorites out of the lot are a pair of little red shoes. When Ella learned to walk (at 10.5 months - eep!) she went barefoot around the house. But as the weather grew colder and she mastered her steps, it became clear we needed some footwear. I must have tried at least 5 different pairs of shoes! Soft soles, hard soles, slip-ons, maryjanes...nothing worked as poor Ella tripped and fell all over the place! Finally we tried this pair (which, I admit, I liked because of the color - the idea of lace-up shoes with a baby just seemed silly!) They worked. She was off and walking like a pro and we haven't gone back!
Another current favorite in Ella's small vintage collection is this little yellow number. I found it in a thrift store in New Hampshire with great baby clothes that all smelled like they had been dunked in a bath of bad perfume (ick!) It zips up the back, all the way to the tip of the hood, which makes putting it on a wiggly kiddo that much easier!! I love the little house details and the pom-pom pulls on the front are a built-in toy in our book.