So you are over organza and have finally admitted to yourself that you also hated crinolines as a child (they itch!)? Does your kiddo doth protest a starched collar to the point of tantrum? Then it might be time to rethink holiday attire for your wee ones in 2012.

No worries, you won’t end-up with bad holiday pictures. These looks will shine in front of the camera. That said, I will admit to a sneer to two from your mother-in-law… but that sneer was coming one way or another.

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This one is simple, give the pretty red dress a pop with fresh outerwear. The Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear runways were awash with this reinvented classic from favs Mui Mui, Valentino, Chloe, Hermes and more. So bring on the cape. It is sure to be a showstopper like this cozy knit cloak by Appaman (pictured on the previous page)

Lose the Khakis
Jazz up the classic boy khakis-button-down-sweater-ensemble with a  cheerful pant. The trick to pulling this off is to let the bright hue shine and keep the balance of the outfit tame like the Toobydoo combo coupled with an Appaman blazer (see left). Let’s face it, boys deserve some color in their lives too.

Pint Sized Holiday Style - (cool) progeny

Rock the Romper
For the wee-ist among us this holiday season a festive romper is the bees knees (you would wear your PJ’s to Aunt Mildred’s brunch too if you could get away with it). Be on the lookout for a dressed up version like this sweater knit number in fun, rich colors by EGG Baby. Lil’ Miss & Junior will appreciate the comfort and  you will love that they are warm and cozy from their heads to their sweet little feet.

Shades of Greige
Coined “gr-eige” by the who’s who of fashion in 2012, grey is the new neutral and it’s here to stay. Give classic styles a modern update in shades of grey like this charcoal wool dress coat by Mayoral or this dove grey, flowing dress by Isobella & Chloe. Finish your party girl’s seasonal look with bright, sparkling accessories.

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You know it and they know it: your days of dressing them alike are numbered. Maybe you can buy yourself a bit more time by getting creative with your “matching”. Instead of going the straight up matching route, look for colors and fabrics that compliment like the Fore, Axel & Hudson polo romper and big brother patchwork Polo shown here. The less matchy approach will pay off with better photographs and Thing 2 won’t have to wear the exact same shirt when he grows into it two years later.

Pint-Sized Holiday Style - (cool) progeny

Purple Pride
In Baltimore we love our purple but sometimes overlook it’s holiday appeal. Doing a switcheroo away from traditional holiday colors will not disappoint. Often in the top two favorite colors of every little princess, purples from lavender to rich grape are pure pleasure like this dotty dream from Splendid. Bring up the fun dial with a bling-y legging (Tea Collection here) and a metallic shoe.

Better Sweater
There are some true crimes against humanity that come in the form of holiday sweaters. Let them die people! This simple cotton knit pullover by La Miniatura (from Project Runway winner, Jeffrey Sebelia) matches festive color, hip styling and the ace in the hole, comfort. Be sure to do the arm test on any sweater that you bring home. It’s an art to make a truly comfortable chunky knit. Nobody wants to see little Bobby when he’s itchy! Nobody.


Images by Laura Black, Laura Black Photography. Children featured are part of of Wee Chic’s 2012 Little Characters, an annual search to find Baltimore’s local characters to be the face of Wee Chic.