Duchess Kate is a fan of Spanish children’s brands, particularly the adorably traditional Pepa & Company. Not only is founder Pepa Gonzalez responsible for the sweet whale sweater seen in Prince George’s birthday portraits last July and the fetching smocked dress Princess Charlotte wore in Canada (above), but she also designed the bespoke bridesmaid dresses and page boy outfits for Pippa Middleton’s wedding in May.
“Seeing the little members of the Royal family in some of our clothing is always a surprise and an honour,” she wrote in an email to Town & Country.
While most of us (you know, aside from Meghan Markle) will probably never be a member of the British royal family, Gonzalez can help us dress like one. Below, she shares the top 10 pieces she believes every child needs in their closet.
“Every girl should wear a hand-smocked traditional dress once in lifetime.”
“Liberty is the king of floral print. I think it’s a must to introduce children to these lovely patterns.”
“A knitted cardigan is cozy, and easy to put on and take off in case a child gets hot or cold while playing. I also love the fact that a cardigan can let your daughter show off her top or collar underneath.”
“The classic shoe style is perfect to pair with a dress but also with jeans and a beautiful blouse.”
“There is nothing more girly than a big hair accessory to complete a look. In Spain, no girl leaves home without a bow matching her outfit!”
“I love designing these sweaters, and thinking about which animals might be a child’s favorite. Boys love wearing a little whale, elephant, or a puppy, and the motif looks so sweet on a child.”
“There is nothing more traditional that little boys wearing shorts. It’s a very English thing to dress a young boy in shorts until age 6. Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on younger boys are one of the silent class markers that we have in England.”
“Peter Pan collars bring a sweetness to any baby outfit. They are such a traditional touch, and we feature the style in every collection.”