A Four-Year-Old’s Holiday Wardrobe

Look out the passports. Buy the factor 50 sun cream. Yep, we are on the countdown to a family break to Portugal and the usual giddy planning is taking place. But it struck me a few weeks ago that the four-year-old has had a growth spurt in the last few months, so now half of her summer gear from last year no longer fits. The other half of it is covered in paint/felt tip pen stains. In fact, yesterday she went to pre-school wearing a double whammy – a summer dress that was far too small for her and had black paint stains down the front. Mother of the year, right here.

So it was time to sort out a new summer wardrobe for her. My usual hit list for kidswear is H&M, Marks and Spencer, Mothercare, Tootsa MacGinty and River Island. I also hit Next and spent far too long checking out the swimwear and beachwear from Sunuva.

I love kidswear that looks like kidswear – bright colours, cotton, comfort. I’m not as keen on high fashion or grown-up trends shrunk in size (leather leggings on toddlers make me feel a bit uneasy) and brilliantly, there’s lots of fun kidswear around…

Holiday outfit kidswear

Yellow shorts, part of pack of 3 c/o Mothercare // Blue vest, part of pack of 4, Next // Blue sandals, Little Bird By Jools c/o Mothercare // Sun hat, Marks and Spencer

Little Bird by Jools sandals

Summer 2015 kidswear

Because I’m Happy t-shirt c/o Marie-Chantal // Blue sandals c/o Little Bird By Jools, Mothercare // Floral shorts, part of pack of 3 c/o Mothercare

Summer 2015 kidswear

White shirt c/o RI Kids // Blue smock dress c/o Tootsa MacGinty, Sun hat Marks and Spencer, Blue sandals c/o Little Bird By Jools, Mothercare

Summer 2015 kidswear

Summer 2015 kidswear

Rash vest and shorts c/o Sunuva // Cheesecloth dress c/o Sunuva // Pink jelly shoes, Sun Jellies


Hat, Marks and Spencer // Striped dress, Little Bird By Jools c/o Mothercare // Striped playsuit, Little Bird By Jools c/o Mothercare

 It’s official. My four-year-old is going to be better dressed than me, this holiday. Ah well, how well dressed do I have to be for sitting by a pool, drinking mojitos?



  1. May 14, 2015 / 9:04 am

    I love some of these – my daughter’s almost three (with a significantly better wardrobe than me) so she’s only just starting to have opinions on what she wants to wear for now… We do have a separate set of outfits for nursery as well, especially after she came home having coloured in her leggings last night. That very cute Little Bird playsuit would not be getting anywhere near preschool!

  2. May 14, 2015 / 9:20 am

    Wow can I have your little girls wardrobe for me too. Love these Ali! Gorgeous.

  3. May 14, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Wow what a cute wardrobe she has! I’m a huge Little Bird fan too and those sandals are too cute, I’ve never looked at sunuva before but it looks like I’m missing a trick! I would like that smock dress with the yellow trim in a size 12 please! Happy holidays x

  4. May 14, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    We’ve definitely got similar tastes in clothes Alison, I love all these colourful things you have picked out and we even have a few of them already. Have a wonderful holiday all of you. x

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