Review: The Children’s Closet.

Before Bea the bulk of my knowledge of babywear was minimal and mostly shaped by what I saw on the high street. Then one day I had one of those Instagram Wormhole moments where you stumble across beautiful things that would have never existed in your consciousness! This was the day I discovered Spanish Baby Wear and I cooed at the feed of cutesy, frilly, Pom-pom’ed items that I observed made these babies look rather regal.

Ruffled two pieces, Peter Pan collars and knee high socks to match really piqued my interest in this fashion and these items soon became part of my baby clothes search. What makes this trend really stand out from regular baby wear is the exquisite attention to detail and I would personally describe it as elevated style that you would not expect from a Babies every day wear; in a sense it even looks a little “fussy” and I initially questioned its practicality credentials. Surely these beautiful angel white rompers would soon be dirtied by every day play and wear and tear?

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Spanish wear isn’t particularly easy to come across in bulk and certainly not in high street shops. It is usually a market find or stocked in Baby Boutiques.

The Children’s Closet really is the jewel in the crown of Spanish Baby Wear. It was established in 2015 to provide “affordable everyday Spanish Children’s Clothing” and came to be because of the lack of availability in the UK. Amy (the owner) was unable to source a nice frilly collar on local shopping trips but saw loads of items on her holidays in Spain and fell in love with this style and decided that “the UK needed things like this!”

Indeed it is a niche market but I very much champion individuality and whether you love the Spanish Style or hate it (The “Marmite” of the clothing world perhaps?) there is more and more conversation centering around its whimsical charms. Like The Children’s Closet I too believe that this is a trend the UK needs because we all have different tastes and the Spanish flavour is certainly spicy.

These beautifully, often “over designed” pieces certainly allow for memorable photography, capturing the idyllic image of childhood. I particularly like that there is the vintage vibe, but it harks from overseas and is almost jarring when you see it because it is not English vintage. There is something rather fabulous about decadent, old-timey looking little people.

So Bea will be test driving the AW18 baby girls layered dress from the Newness collection and we were sent an extra Mystery Piece from Dadati, which is ideal for “The C Word” with it’s super cute reindeer print . Both have come in the smallest stocked size which is 6 months so Bea will need to grow into the pieces as she is still the lower end of 3-6 month clothing! But they will be perfect for the Party Season with the colours and designs.

Dealing with Amy was super easy and she certainly has a deep routed passion for all things Spanish Baby wear as I asked her what her favourite piece was and she couldn’t choose “I have different favourites for every brand and season!” I was certainly excited to see how these dresses could be practical as well as stylish and ensure the baby is warm throughout Autumn/Winter.

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1st impressions of Newness- in the packaging it looked bulky in terms of the material and the colour seemed brighter than in the photo of it on the website (which was a positive for me because when I opt for colour… I want colour!!!) For just £26 you get an awful lot of skill present in the garment.

There’s the layers, the collar and the two materials seamlessly joined in one piece. They are both materials that hold their own but also compliment each other so well. I couldn’t get enough of the almost aquamarine colour alongside the most decadent gold. The design will be easy to wear throughout AW18 into Spring 2019 as the design isn’t as Seasonal as some of the other designs in the collection.

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1st Impressions of Dadati- I am a sucker for pink so I was thrilled Amy included this item to review. I wouldn’t say from my own Instagram research that this dress is typically Spanish Wear or overtly so, as it seems much more wearable & understated. I don’t feel like people would question this piece compared to dressing Bea in the Newness dress which is much more an acquired taste! I would say this is a nice introductory piece into the world of Spanish Babywear. The deer pattern is really adorable and looks great at long & close distance.

The dresses in action- As previously mentioned with Bea being quite the dot of a baby still we had to roll the sleeves up, but in terms of sizing I would advise that the sizing is on the smaller side with it being a European import. I didn’t feel like the dresses were large on Bea and were wearable without looking like she was a shrunken baby in clothes 3 sizes too big, which often happens with UK sizing (for some reason ASDA seem to think that babies are rather long and Bea fits sensibly in 0-3 months rather than 3-6 months!) I would suggest maybe buying the size up to ensure you get full wear out of the gorgeous garments.

My previous observations about the Newness dress were unfounded as the material was much lighter than I anticipated and the movement aspect was clear to witness as Bea rolled the skirted section of dress up and was moving her legs as normal. I think where  there may have been a little space at the top of the dress the collar did tend to pop up but this piece is very much an occasion dress because of its decadent design. I would not be putting Bea in this for baby groups but with the festive period quickly approaching I feel this will be her go-to party frock!

The dress can easily be styled with bonnets, tights or long socks, I would personally love to see Little winter boots with it. It is also easy to wear with every day items such as the winter hat I have styled with the dress in the pictures.

The shine on the material is captivating and in different light the colour changes from green through to the more blue spectrum. I love the lace detail as this is a much softer inclusion against the hard layering and collar feature.

The dress was easier to put on than I anticipated. Bea has gotten to that age where she hates being fussed and changes of clothing often upset her. I was worried but the dress went on with minimal grumbles and no tears and the back button-fastening was easy.

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Bea was comfortable in the dress and posed for us for almost 40 minutes and was happy throughout. The dress did not impede her movements in any way however silly Mummy forgot to bring her ruffled pants to the shoot location (Nannies house!) so that is something that would have appropriately completed the outfit!

Do excuse the nappy shots because Mummy also forgot cream tights (I blame the broken sleep of the previous night where I welcomed in every hour from 12pm through to 5am!! I truly understand why the military use Sleep deprivation as a form of torture!!!)

our little model had to have a nap in between photographing each outfit but we put her in the Dadati dress before she fell asleep and it was comfortable enough to catch her zzzz’s in! The dusky pink screams luxury and is a colour that is being incorporated much more in childrenswear in the UK now. What makes it Spanish Baby Wear was the ruffle effect around the neck again and the fact that there are two very different materials fighting each other yet managing to compliment each other of one garment.

I loved the whimsy of the reindeer pattern, as woodland theme is often popular in baby room decor but it is nice to be able to wear a stylised version. The best feature in the pocket at the front as unlike many pocketed baby items in the UK the pocket could be used to store Bea’s tethers and even her small rattle rather than being a throw away feature- there was actual  functionality.

The material was very soft and again it was very easy to put on. This piece is much more every day appropriate and would look great with tights and a cardigan going into the colder months.

Both dresses withstood Hurricane Bea, and she seemed to enjoy wearing both dresses. I would even suggest that she enjoyed the Newness dress more as it brought together lots of exciting elements she hasn’t experienced from an outfit previously.

This was the first time that I have attempted flatlay photography so I am a novice, (Please go easy on me with any feedback- I hope to improve soon) but I really enjoyed capturing these two outfits. It gave me an idea as to how both these dresses can be worn to ensure Bea is happy and warm throughout Winter. Disclaimer: The pearls were only used as a photo prop. Please do not put your own babies in necklaces. Bea never wore the necklace nor would I ever let her!

Both outfits exceeded my expectations and proves  to me that Spanish Baby Wear IS wareable on the daily when you buy the right pieces. The quality and design certainly surpass many brands I have used from the UK. I look forward to occasions where I can bring out the Newness layered dress and be confident that this will be the only one in the room. I am sure it will certainly get people talking.

I thought Bea truly looked like a little princess in it. I am obsessed with historical dramas and thought that it wouldn’t be out of place in the dramatisation of Queen Elizabeth & Mary Queen of Scots in Reign!

If you are interested in introducing Spanish Wear into your babies wardrobe The Children’s Closet is the place to start and Amy would be able to direct you towards appropriate pieces for you and your lifestyle. I honestly believe it is a style that is glamourising yet clearly practical.

Having now seen it in action, there is so much give in the design that you wouldn’t necessarily expect from it at first glance. It has certainly been a pleasure to shoot Bea in it. If you are keen to explore this gorgeous fashion you can utilise Discount Code: BEAANDME at the checkout for your own piece of Spain in England.

What are your thoughts on Spanish Baby Wear? Can you just not get enough of the ruffles and Pom poms? Do you think the collars are ridiculous or regal? Would you dress your little boy in this style?

#StaySweet

– Bea’s Mummy.

 

These two items were gifted to Bea and I as part of our review agreement. With thanks to Amy of The Children’s Closet. All opinions are my own. 

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