Christmas party season has come roaring in on a heatwave, but that’s no reason for kids to look anything less than adorable at family Christmas lunches or end of year fetes. We’ve rounded up the sweetest hot weather outfits to keep kids cool, comfortable and looking festive, and because no one knows Christmas in summer better than Australians, we’ve kept the list completely local.
A summery, Antipodean Christmas means barbecues, backyard parties and plenty of ice lollies, and Eeni Meeni Miini Moh have got the gear to match the festivities. For boys, citrus hued bottoms like fluoro lime ($74.95) or orange shorts, paired with classic striped polos ($49.95) or button downs make for dapper little dudes.
For girls Eeni Meeni Miini Moh has embellished soft, dusty pink tulle ($89.95) or cotton dresses ($74.95) with bows and brilliantly bright ribbons (above). A pair of metallic Saltwater sandals dresses up each look while keeping little feet comfortable and well-supported.
Munster is a brand known for its laid-back, surfer and skater style, but with the right pieces, a Munster outfit can be a wee bit dressed up without losing its rebel cool. An outfit of a traditional grey and white horizontal striped tee ($44.95) with the bold black and green Palm Off Shorts ($69.95) gives a subdued nod to the very au courant pattern-mixing trend and popping a chambray shirt on top will satisfy nanas and little boys alike: it’s got a collar, and it’s still denim. Everybody’s happy.
Speaking of pattern mixing, Oishi-m has managed to design a dress that’s festive in a tropical kind of way, comfortable and that crams no less than five different prints and textures on its small form. The Fran San Dress ($69.95) is the quintessential Oishi-m masterpiece, and is a fabulously fun summer party dress.
When little girls like ruffles, the more layers and textures, the better. Oobi’s Colette Scarlet Sunshine Dress ($69.95) is a ruffle-loving little girl’s dream come true. The skirt is three layers of stepped tulle and printed cotton ruffles, and the bodice is fully smocked which makes the dress just the thing to wear when you’re planning to eat a very large, very delicious Christmas dinner.
When the occasion calls for something more formal, Pappe’s pared back, traditional designs are ideal. Made from soft Japanese cotton, the pale blue Pippen Shirt ($89.95) looks delightfully Christmasy with the Dewy Check Pant ($79.95) in red. What makes this outfit really special though are the Winsome Lace-ups ($189.95), a gorgeous pair of pheasant brown leather shoes handcrafted in Italy by shoe-makers who have been honing their craft for half a century.
The only thing that can make an Australian summer day brighter is a gorgeous Liberty print like one on Peggy’s Mae Dress ($99.95). Between the cornflower blue print, the sweet pleated skirt and puffed sleeves, it’s no wonder the Mae Dress is regularly sold out.
When it comes to dressing up, sometimes traditional is the best way to go, and that’s why we love a preppy little outfit from Seed. A miniature Panama hat is the only thing missing from this ensemble of sailboat printed navy chinos ($39.95), breezy cotton short sleeved button down ($39.95) and striped boat shoes ($49.95).
Then there are the occasions where traditional needs to be turned on its head, which is exactly what this Seed outfit of a tribal printed jacquard shift dress ($69.96) and shiny silver brogues ($59.95) does.
For my family, Christmas isn’t complete unless we go see the Nutcracker, and a very special outing requires a very special dress, like the Harvest Tutu Dress ($171.99) from Tutu du Monde. With its hand-beaded bodice, and soft layered tulle skirt, this is a piece to love and pass down to the next generation.