Southern Living blogger Travis M. Andrews sums up the Southern dress code in his brilliant post, “The royal baby proves all Southerners are basically royalty.”
And he’s 100% accurate.
Babies dress like royal babies in the South.
My grandmother called my toddler son “Little Lord Fonteroy” because I dressed him like a little Lord. (There may or may not have been navy velvet involved when she made that statement.) No little man outfits or trendy little girl outfits are appropriate at social special occasions like Sunday church, play dates where photos could be taken, July 4th picnics, or Easter Egg Hunts.
Field Test: Does your baby’s attire adhere to the Southern Dress Code?
Here’s a simple field test to see if your baby’s attire meets the Southern dress code: snap a photo of your baby, use your favorite black & white filter, and assess: does the photo look like it could have been taken in 1960?
If you answered yes: You pass.
If you answered no: Read on.
Field Notes: what babies wear in the South
Smocked clothing is like formal attire for babies and should be worn at all major social occasions. Smocking is a type of embroidery. Example: Pink and navy whale pattern on the girl. (Isn’t she precious?)
Bubbles and Rompers
Bubbles and rompers are the alternative to dresses for little girls, and every bit as dressy. No diaper cover required. Also appropriate for boys!
AKA shortalls. Jon Jons are like classy short overalls for Southern baby boys. Worn with or without a shirt underneath, they are a one-piece outfit with buttons on the shoulder.
Appliqué is what Southern mamas can get away with when their boys outgrow Jon Jons, which happens around age 3, according to my personal experience. It’s the fabric sewn on another fabric in a shape like an animal. Example: the whale shirt on the boy. (Isn’t he the cutest?)
Tasteful monograms add a Southern accent to any item of clothing in your child’s wardrobe. A casual t-shirt, pair of seersucker shorts, plain Jon Jon, or simple dress are the perfect candidates to be kissed with a monogram. Cece Dupraz, a luxe monogram company (founded by THE most stylish friend I’ve ever met!) has an excellent monogram ettiquette guide to determine the order and design of a monogram.
Extra Credit: Southern Baby Girls
- A bow, if she’ll allow it
- Frilly socks: the frillier the better
- Pretty Diaper Cover: a monogrammed bottom will get you an A+. An uncovered diaper will get you an F on the social report card.
- Bonnet: practical for keeping the sun from her face and adds at least 50% more “she’s so PRECIOUS” comments from an adoring audience
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Thank you to Shrimp and Grits Kids for providing the proper Southern attire for this post, which contributed to me winning with the best dressed matching siblings at our Easter Egg Hunt. (Disclosure: Panel of judges included grandparents.)
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