A while back I showed you a top that I had purchased from Crewcuts by J.Crew – a boy’s nautical striped French Terry top with a shawl collar with wooden toggle closure. I’m not afraid of children’s clothing – and you shouldn’t be either. The key to not looking like a child is how you pair the children’s items.
First, you want to choose something from the children’s department that doesn’t scream “child.” Luckily for petite ladies, lots of great brands and designers are expanding their lines to include children’s clothing and the pieces don’t look juvenile – they just look like shrunken down versions of the adult line (which is perfect).
Next, you want to choose the items you pair the children’s piece with carefully. You want to steer away from anything too youthful. If the children’s item you chose isn’t particularly young looking you should be fine pairing it with the existing pieces in your closet. Just to be sure, make sure that you add some grown and sexy statement pieces like a great bag, bold jewelry and your favorite shoes.
My boy’s Crewcuts from J.Crew nautical top was not too young looking to begin with and I styled it the way I would have any other of my “adult” nautical tops in my closet. Here’s a breakdown of my look:
Shirt: Nautical Top by Crewcuts from J.Crew (boy’s department)
Pants: White stretch denim jeans Crewcuts from J.Crew (girl’s department)
Shoes: Patent Red Ferragamo Flats
Bag: Gucci Tote
Earrings: Gold Hoops
Ring: Knock-off of a Tiffany ring I had made in Thailand on my honeymoon
*I know this looks like a lot of clothing for almost-summer but I live in the Bay Area, and summer here means 60s and foggy.
What do you think of this look? Would you have known that the clothing was from the children’s department if I didn’t tell you?
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