When you have a little girl and love both the holidays and fashion in equal measure, the joy of choosing outfits for special occasions is limitless (see: Sloan as a dinosaur this Halloween). My style advice for holiday dressing has always been about balance, which becomes even more important with babies. The temptation to go overboard during the holidays increases when you're dealing with a mini-person who is easy to turn into a caricature. Though dressing her in tiny faux fur separates is about as cute as it gets, I want to create memories that are timeless (and of course, adorable), but not to the point of being silly.
Enter: balance. When selecting Sloan's holiday wardrobe, I looked for a few pieces that could be mixed and matched (and worn with more casual items in her closet), as well as a few statement items, like a dressy brocade shift dress.
My guiding principle is to stick to one festive or feminine trend/accessory per outfit. For example, if she's in a faux-fur collar cardigan, I'm going to pair it with simple fair isle print leggings, rather than a tulle ballerina skirt. The same goes for bows: if she's wearing a bow headband, I'd veer away from any other items with decorative elements. The exception to the rule is Christmas morning, when I fully intend to step it up one notch with a pink bow sweater that matches her tulle skirt. I'd just make sure to then ease up on glittery shoes and a headband.
There will come a time when Sloan is dressing herself, and, as all style journeys go, probably making some questionable choices. For the time being, I'm having a blast planning her capsule Christmas wardrobe and trying to do right by her, which means embracing the festivity of the season without turning her into a cartoon. Below are three outfits we'll be reaching for throughout December's busy schedule of social events.