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Preschool Style: Tough Little Valentine

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In our house, we wear pink. No matter how I try to encourage Ayva to try other colors, she can’t help herself. She’s just drawn to rosy, bubblegum colors! This Christmas, however, my Mother-In-Law bought Ayva a beautiful red dress, and she fell in love with it right away. The chic cable of the dress mixed with the sweet little bit of tulle sticking out from underneath the hem melted my heart a little, and I couldn’t wait to see Ayva wearing it.

Preschool Style - Mama Knows It All

I usually let Ayva pick out her own outfits and wear what she wants, but I had to step in as she was “styling” this dress. Because the tulle makes the dress feel extra fancy to Ayva, she wanted to wear the sequined (preschool version of) high heels that she wore to our wedding. Since it’s the middle of winter (California winter, but winter, nonetheless), I had to pull rank and suggest another pair of shoes. When I first pulled out the black boots to wear with the dress, she wasn’t convinced that they went together. “I always like to stomp in my boots, and this dress is for twirling”, she said. I convinced her to give it a shot, and I’m happy to say, the Preschool Fashionista was pleased!

It’s easy to toughen up a sweet dress. Jean jackets go with everything, and should definitely be a staple in your preschool fashionista’s closet. Make sure to pick one up made of good quality denim like the DKNY one Ayva’s wearing in the pictures that we bought on clearance at Marshall’s. You might even be able to find a great jacket at a thrift store or consignment shop. You could wear a jean jacket over a ball gown, and it’d instantly  double your tough quotient!

Preschool Style - Melissa & Doug Beads

Instead of dainty jewelry, Ayva wore a chunky wooden necklace that she made from a Melissa & Doug kit. Seriously, how adorable are these hearts? Perfect for Valentine’s Day, right? Macaroni necklaces would probably have the same outrageously cute result. By the end of the day, Ayva was convinced that boots and twirly dresses DO go together. And that it’s perfect for casting spells and ruling her kingdom!

Preschool Style - Mama Knows It All

What does your little girl like to wear? Does she have a “go-to” color?

Read the previous Preschool Style post: Tips for Shopping for a Little Girl

Shop for Preschool Style: Get a similar jean jacket as the one in the photo , or purchase the Melissa & Doug Bead Set

Patricia Cook

Monday 13th of January 2014

Your daughter looks so adorable in that red dress. After having three grandsons, I have a granddaughter to buy for. She's only two, but is already wanting to pick out her own outfits and shoes! Thanks for sharing these cute pics :)


Saturday 11th of January 2014

She is truly a fashionista! I have one here at home ...but he's 7! He LOVES to go shopping for clothes. Most little boys love to be rewarded with a toy truck..and mine loves to be rewarded with shoes or clothing ever since he was a toddler. Ayve is such a doll! I love how you spell her name, too! (=

Brandi Riley

Saturday 11th of January 2014

Thank you so much, Kim! You know these little girls are just something else! LOL!


Friday 10th of January 2014

I'm with her, i think dresses and boots do go together. she's a doll


Friday 10th of January 2014

Thank you, @Melinda! It's fun having a little girl to dress up!