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2014 Fall Formal Looks

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Summer is yawning to a close – it’s time to change out of that swimsuit, and once again ask toes to enter sock hibernation (sorry, guys). Kids stop waiting for ice cream trucks and start waiting for school buses. Their thoughts will turn to serious, scholarly pursuits. They’ll perfect the ABC’s, and the finer points of shoe-tying, using laser-like focus to soak up any other important information along the way. Your kids should dress for success during the school year, to prepare them for dressing for success the rest of their lives.

girls dresses fall colors

Think of the possibilities! Now that the temperatures have taken a dip, you can expand your kids’ wardrobe to include a wider range of fabrics and lengths. This is the season of layering. They can still wear their favorite girl’s dressesand boy’s short-sleeved shirts, simply paired with a light jacket or a blazer for formal occasions. Buy a dress with a matching jacket, and use the jacket to Fall-proof a bunch of other outfits.

For the first day back to school, get the year started on the right foot with a sharp outfit. A full suit might be over-the-top, but consider sending your son off in a short sleeve shirt with a collar. (It’s still a good idea to check out some boy’s suits to accommodate how much he’s grown over the summer.) If you live somewhere that’s already pretty chilly, your daughter can wear a sweater dress with a warm pair of leggings.

If it’s still too cool for a sleeveless dress, pair some of sweet little boleros with girl’s dresses. Short, poofy sleeves on a bolero are a cute, non-stifling addition. With a casual dress, you’ll have a pulled-together look for a church or family event. Once there’s a definite nip in the air, make sure your little girl doesn’t leave the house without a cardigan. It’s a practical, snuggly addition to any outfit.

If you’re looking for something more formal, check out a cold-weather girl’s dress that comes with a long-sleeve shrug. Or check out a lightweight dress paired with a long-sleeve girl’s jacket. Either works well for formal school and church occasions.

Girl’s dresses contrast with an opaque, pastel-colored tight, or a sequin legging, for an even more colorful outfit. Closed-toed shoes come with the advantage of an extra frill around the ankles – get as many pairs of girls’ and boys’ cute socks as you can stuff in the drawer.

Best Colors for Spring

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

It’s not just Easter that makes pastels a popular choice for kids in the spring. Lighter colors reflect sunlight, while darker colors absorb it. So there you have it, the science of Easter colors. When you’re dressing children up for a formal occasion, encourage them to try something outside of their favorites. We don’t always think to wear the color that looks the best with our complexion!

Back in the 1980s, young beauties were supposed to find a season of colors that matched their skin tone, eye color and hair color. Supposedly, your coloring dictates how bright or how saturated a color palette you should use. These rules have gone out of style, but there are some basic rules of Color Theory to follow to ensure your child’s boys dress suit or girls Easter dress brings out their natural beauty.

green for spring

1. Green

In the list of favorite colors, green often gets short shrift. Green looks great with brown or hazel eyes, and will garner your red-haired child lots of compliments. We can explain this phenomenon using Color Theory – red and green look good together because they are opposite each other on a standard color wheel.

2. White with colorful details

A flower girl classic, you can’t beat the pastel-and-white combo for epitomizing a happy-go-lucky springtime feeling. Sashes and brightly colored bows make a white dress look more festive than formal. Since white is a cooler color, it makes pastels look especially bright by contrast.

3. Lavender

If you have a brown-eyed girl or boy, lavender will quickly become their best friend. A cool shade of lavender makes brown eyes look especially warm. Lavender is also a great color in a shade of pastel, and matches a beautifully-scented bouquet of everyone’s favorite springtime fragrance.

4. Yellow and Orange

Controversial color alert! Both of these serial offenders often look unflattering on adults. But while they can make grown-ups with pale skin look washed-out, children are more likely to have the ruddy complexion to pull it off. It also helps if they’ve been running around outside, developing a tan. The less pale the skin, the nicer it looks with especially bright colors. In pictures, kids dressed in yellow and orange really stand out from the crowd!

5. Pastels

Any shade of pastel will make your child look picture-perfect for spring. Because we associate lighter colors with new growth, pastels highlight your children’s youth and all-around cuteness.

Styling Tiffany Espensen for the Kids Choice Awards

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Last week I received an intriguing phone call from Melinda at Womentorz.  A young actress named Tiffany Espensen (now appearing in the movie Hop) needed a dress for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.  Is this something I could help with?  Of course!  That evening I met with Tiffany and her mom, Robin (and her grandma!)  on the set of her new Nickelodeon show “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures”.  She tried on six dresses and looked fabulous in all of them.  We spent an hour being girly and looking through dresses and getting ideas of which would fit her style the best.  This family is so nice and they were very easy to work with.

The next day I came back to the set during rehearsal with the final selections: the April Dress and the Trinity Dress.  The only decision left was which dress to wear to the Friday pre awards party and which she would wear down the Orange carpet to the Awards show.  Tiffany invited me to have lunch with her family (which I tell you was much better than the Lean Cuisine I was planning on eating back at the office) and a tour of the stage.  How fun is that!  This looks like it will be another great Nickelodeon show for kids with some laughs for parents as well.

Here is Tiffany trying on the dresses.

The Pre Party Dress

The Awards Show Dress













And here is Tiffany on the Orange carpet with the cast.

Cast of Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures at the 24th Annual Nickalodeon Kids Choice Awards

Tiffany at the 24th Annual Kids Choice Awards

This was truly a fun experience and I look forward to working with Tiffany again in the future.  You can catch up with all her tweets or find her on facebook.  I suspect we will see a lot more of this talented young actress in the near future!

And one last picture, me and Tiffany!

Baby Gift For Jewel

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Puddles Collection had the opportunity to be part of  a baby gift basket for Grammy award winning singer Jewel and her husband Ty Murray.  They are expecting a boy who will make his debut later this year.  We hope baby boy Murray will enjoy the Justin infant boys tuxedo.  This outfit comes with shorts, shirt, vest, bow tie, and hat and will be great for any special occasion the family will be attending.



Along with Puddles Collection, nine other companies contributed to the gift basket:  Western Journeys (Little Journey’s World), BooB TooB, Bibagogo, Annabellea Jewelry, Find Me Book, Jewelry by Andrea, My Smart Hands, Toyconomy, and Dr. Heather: Human Body Detectives.  A fabulous group of small business owners!

Boys Easter Clothing

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

The smaller your children are, the easier it is to convince them to dress up.  As they get older, particularly the boys may start to give you a hard time about getting in a suit so it’s good to make it a tradition.  Easter is one of those great holidays where many people still put on their dress clothes.  There are tons of girls Easter dresses to choose from, but boys have fewer options.  A classic look that has come back into style is this four piece boys suit that includes the pants, shirt, vest, and tie.


Colorful shirts are very fashionable right now with turquoise, fuchsia, and purple being the most popular.  For Easter and spring you will find lavender, pink, yellow, sage, and periwinkle also top the list.  Clip on ties are a life saver for young boys.  They don’t feel tight around the neck and you don’t have to worrying about tying them.  Elastic in the back of the waist makes the pants flexible.

If you want a more casual look you can pair a dress shirt and tie combination with a nice pair of dress pants.  These two will make a handsome outfit.


And don’t forget the feet!  A nice pair of dress socks and shoes will complete the outfit.  Choose 100% nylon socks for the dressiest look.  You want to make sure the socks are thin and will fit well inside dress shoes.  Never try to shove athletic socks into a dress shoe!  A new pair is best so there are no holes when he inevitably kicks off his shoes.


It always a good idea to have your child help you pick the outfit.  Narrow it down to a few selections that you like and then let the child make the final decision.  Or choose one outfit and let him pick the color.  You want it to be a happy day for everyone!

Fall and Winter Outerwear

Friday, November 5th, 2010

This time of year wearing that special occasion dress can get a little chilly!  Choosing a nice coat or sweater to go with a dress makes all the difference.  The first thing you need to determine is how much coverage you need.  This varies by region based on climate and fashion.  Try to avoid anything to bulky looking.  If it’s really cold you can opt for a long, thick coat, but nothing too puffy for a formal dress.  In warmer conditions a nice knit sweater will do the trick.  Another consideration is how long you will need to wear the coat.  If the event is held completely indoors and the coat is just to get you from door to door, the look becomes less important.  But if you will be outside for part of the event then the coat becomes just as important as the dress itself.

In addition to style, color is a key factor.  Black, white, and brown provide nice compliments to dresses with a lot of color or patterns while dresses of those colors can be really jazzed up with a fun color piece of outerwear.  For example, these two go together nicely:

If the dress has a pattern or is very busy a solid color neutral piece of outerwear is the way to go.  So with dress I would go with a simple coat:

Graduation Is Just Around The Corner

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

From Kindergarten to high school, every graduation is special!  And having the right outfit is important for both parent and child (and enough Kleenex!).  I find boys outfits to be a little easier to put together.  You can choose fromeither separates or a boys suit.  There are a lot more color options available for boys, particularly in the boys shirts so be creative!

With girls the trick is to find something age appropriate in the correct size – not too short, low cut, or revealing, but still cute and stylish.  Our Victoria dress with multicolor polka dots has been a favorite with both kids and parents.  And it is available through size 16 so it is an option for both elementary school and middle school graduations.  The Nina dress is another style which has a nice length and a trendy tier style.

And as I always suggest, it is much easier to have your child wear an outfit if they had a party in picking it out!  So give them a few choices that you have already picked out and let them choose.  Always best to avoid an argument on a bid day.

Hot Spring Fashions and Colors

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
Josie Girls Dress

Easter Sunday

I look forward to seeing the new fashions each spring because they are usually full of color, and this year is no exception.  Pantone lists turquoise, coral, violet, aurora yellow, amparo blue, and champagne among the top 10 spring colors for 2010.  I have definitely seen these colors to be popular in children’s clothing for boys and girls.  We sold out of boys turquoise shirts almost as soon as we got them in!  As soon as we received the new girls dresses, I had to buy the Josie for my daughter’s Easter dress.  She loved it and will be able to wear it all summer.

Nicole Girls Dress

Nicole Girls Dress

Pink and purple continue to top the best seller lists, but yellow is definitely making a strong comeback.  I expect to see more clothes available in shades of yellow for 2011.  One of the hottest dresses of the fall season was the Nicole which is now available in two new spring colors:  White with fuchsia and purple polka dots, and light blue with bright blue polka dots.

A few fashion trends that have continued through the spring for girls party dresses are bubble skirt dresses, tiered skirts, and pattern materials.

It’s nice to finally see some color coming into the boys clothing this year.  It started with boys dress shirts but we plan to keep adding fresh colors to the boys line including new boys suit styles.

What To Do With Old Special Occasion Wear

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Many of us buy outfits for a special occasion for our children or ourselves never to be worn again.  If the clothing is in good condition, you have a few options!

Donate It:  There are several organizations that specifically accept special occasion wear to be passed on to people in need.  Check out and if you have dresses to donate.  I could not find any specific organizations  for donating boys suits, but places like Goodwill and the Salvation Army will take them.  You can also check with your local school to see if they have any clothing drives, and if they don’t consider organizing one!

Hand It Down:  Contact friends and family to see if anyone can use your item.  If you belong to a local group (such as a moms club) post that you have an item for giveaway or trade.

Sell It:  You can make some money towards your new clothes by reselling the item on sites like Ebay or Craigslist.

Reuse It:  If you know a seamstress or are handy with a sewing machine yourself, consider altering the garment to make it more appropriate for casual wear.

Now it’s time to go through your closet!

How To Measure For Size in Children’s Clothing

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Finding the right size for your child can save everyone time and money when ordering on line.  The measurements given in a size chart are usually the measurements of the piece of clothing, not the child.  The best way to get accurate measurements is to measure a piece of clothing that fits the child well.   Use a measuring tape, not a ruler! .  If you measure the child (and not a piece of clothing), you will need to add extra inches for the child to fit into the piece of clothing.  For example, a child with a 25 inch chest will not be able to fit into a dress with a 25 inch chest.

Children are often in between sizes.  In this case, it is always best to go with the larger size.  It is much easier to have clothing altered if it is too big rather than too small.  When ordering special occasion wear, it is very common to need to have a dress or suit altered.


Find a piece of clothing that fits your child well.  Lay it flat and always use the seams.

CHEST:  Measure armpit to armpit from the seams.  Double the measurement.
SLEEVE LENGTH:  Measure from the seam on top of the shoulder to the end of the sleeve.
SHOULDER WIDTH:  Measure from seam to seam at the tops of the shoulders.

WAIST:  Measure from end to end and double.  The pants should be flat with the fly facing towards you with the button closed.
INSEAM:  Measure from the seam at the crotch to the end of the pant leg.

DRESS LENGTH: Measure from the top of the shoulder to the bottom of the dress.

When in doubt, it is a good idea to contact the store you are ordering from for clarification

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