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With the list of designers creating children's collections growing faster than a five-year-old, you might not be surprised that we sometimes wish these mini duds came in adult size. That's certainly the case with Diane von Furstenberg's newest collab with GapKids and BabyGap, which is filled to the brim with the designer's signature bright prints and iconic silhouettes. But don't think she simply shrunk down her iconic looks to fit these pint-sized frames. Rather, she's taken simple shapes like circles and flowers and highlighted them with primary hues and thick, black boarders, giving the prints an almost cartoon-like effect that still looks endlessly chic.
While there are a few (faux) wrap dresses in the mix, the perky colors and the fact that they're actually skorts (or drorts?) keeps them age-appropriate. And, can we talk about those incredible wrap sandals for a minute? The spring green print, simple little straps, and itty-bitty wedge heel totally kicks the cartoon-slathered kicks we wore as children to the curb. But we think the most important thing is how the lookbook highlights the way these tot togs are meant to be worn—as in, they're not showpieces you keep in a dust bag in your closet. Rather, the snaps show kids having a blast with paints, illustrating that the clothes are made to be played in, messed up, and thrown in the washer for another day of fun. This is further reinforced by the fact the simple tees, leggings, and dresses are so easily wearable, and by the way — everything is $20 and up. So, forget precious Dior pacifiers and $1,570 kiddie trenches: This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you do children's clothes right. If you try to fit into them, well we're not looking...
Photo: Courtesy of Gap