Friday 17 May 2013

Poppy Children Dresses for Little and Big Girls

Childhood Inspiration

I am an '80s child and even back then I enjoyed clothes. My favourite pieces included a sparkly Mickey Mouse jumper, a red and black polka dot waistcoat and matching skirt(!), stirrup-leggings (wardrobe staple, reader) and then my collection of dresses.

My fascination with dresses began early on. I don't even remember the moment, but I do remember having names for them: there was The 'Sound of Music' Dress; The Magic Dress; The Old Dress; The Sunny Dress; The Birthday Dress and The Pudding Dress. Among many, many others.

I associate dresses with stories and possibilities. In fact, I rarely buy a dress for an occasion, rather I create the occasion for the dress. I love imagining where a dress might take me.

Now I own more dresses than I care to mention and I still have The Old Dress and The Sunny Dress in the hope that some day I might pass them on to my daughter. It has taken me years to gather my collection and every dress has a memory attached to it. 

But sometimes I find myself looking longingly at children's clothes in shop windows pining for the myriad of colours and patterns. And the stripey tights!

So imagine my delight upon discovering Poppy.

Poppy is a children's clothes design company based oop north. The clothes tell the story of Poppy and her dog, Fred. The images are depicted on the borders running around the hem of each dress. You even receive a storybook with your dress and each season brings a new adventure. The best bit? They also make the dresses for grown ups! 1950s inspired and feminine shapes are what you can expect to find here. 

So, to re-cap: that's bright colours, feminine shape and adventure story all in one dress. I think this might just be the epitome of wonderful.

My pick of this season:

I wish...Make A Wish Dress £129.99

This is simply delightful: Birthday Bash £139
Giraffes and telephone boxes. Perfect. London Dress in raspberry £125.99
Wispy and Dreamlike: Butterfly Dress £129

1950s bridesmaid dress
These sugary-sweet shades would look lovely as bridesmaid dresses. Add a bright, frothy petticoat for a vintage tea party finish.

I met the team at the Country Living Christmas Fair in London last year and they were delightful. They also stock a range of petticoats in a fabulous range of colours to wear underneath for a Fifties look.

And adorable stripey tights - which of course I bought.

See where Poppy and Fred will take you...


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