Do your girls just wanna have fun? Try these smart buys from just £11

Gilly Ferguson,-Writer

From secret shoelaces to DIY dungarees, meet the wardrobe icons expertly designed to take the stress out of dressing your mini-me

Whether your kids are school age or not, there’s something about September that squeals ‘fresh start!’ – from new stationery to new season resolutions, pressing reset is so very autumn 2022. 

And nothing puts you in a new season state of mind quite like that first drop of autumn/winter clothes – all cuddle coats and puddle-proof shoes… and bonfire night… and crunchy fallen leaves… and Christmas… and… we’ve absolutely gotten ahead of ourselves, haven’t we? 

But then this season’s fresh new intake of baby girls’ to girls' clothes is so cleverly designed, it'll see you through this season and next – and they’ll likely double as family hand-me-downs too. Boasting ‘light-bulb moment’ laces, intelligent layers and genius gilets galore – for ages 0-3 months to 10 years – these mini marvels look fashionable, feel functional and last forever. 

They’re so smart, you’ll wish you could super-size them and wear them yourself. 


John Lewis Baby Quilt & Borg Faux-Fur Reversible Gilet, from £11

Thoughtfully designed by parents, with a reversible (aka 2-in-1) design, this gilet laughs in the face of spillages. A little bit Cottagecore (hello quilting) and a whole lot of cosy (borg, we’re looking at you), this gilet is super soft for both cuddler and cuddlee. Best of all, the in-between wadding bits are made from recycled materials, for guaranteed feel-goods, inside and out.
Sizes: 0-3 months to 18-24 months


John Lewis Kids’ Freya Riptape Chunky Trainers, £25

Is your pre-teen looking for some new kicks? Perhaps your fiercely independent three-nager is shoe-obsessed? These smart sneakers boast riptape fastenings, so your mini-me can slip their shoes on ALL BY THEMSELVES and have locked-in elasticated laces (for kiddy kudos). With durable rubber grips and a tough puddle-proof leather upper, these It kicks are made to last.
Sizes: 4 Junior to 8 Junior


John Lewis Check Collar Detail Dress, £20

Anyone who’s tried to wrestle a 3-year-old out of the house knows the value of a throw-it-on dress. In forever fashionable gingham with a curved collar (which doubles as a handy bib), this dress really does do-it-all. It’s even made from 86% cotton with satin-feel labels that won’t irritate young skin.
Sizes: 2 years to 14 years


John Lewis Kids’ Classic Plain Parka Coat, £40

Created with kids in mind, this parker is genius – with shower resistant fabric, faux fur around the (detachable) 3-piece hood and a seriously cosy teddy fleece inner. And for parents? It’s made using recycled wadding, and the label comes with bonus space to write your childs' name and class details. One clever coat.
Sizes: 2 years to 14 years


John Lewis Baby Ruffle Bodysuit & Leaf Print Dungaree Set, £20

Busy much? For anyone who doesn’t have time to fiddle with outfit fastenings (that’s all of us then) there’s this cord dungaree set. Thoughtfully designed, with a ruffle cuff detail jersey top, these one-and-done 100% BCI cotton dungarees mean stress-free dressing, every time. 
Sizes: Newborn to 18 months


John Lewis Baby Needle Cord Quilt Jacket, from £26

Love a quilty pleasure? Whether you’re 4 years old or 44 years old, nothing says ‘wardrobe icon’ quite like a needlecord jacket. Wadded and with a fleecy collar, this jacket has cosy dressing wrapped up. Made from sustainable 100% BCI cotton, it even has simple snap front-fastenings, so little fingers can dress themselves.
Sizes: 3 months to 4 years


John Lewis Kids’ Embroidered Ruffle Shirt Dress, from £20

Made using a soft and cosy cotton jersey, this AM>PM party dress feels as cute as it looks and is easy to dress up and down be it for birthday parties, school discos, Christmas or those Saturdays when they simply wake up adamant that they want to wear a dress! Plus the ruffle hem gives just the right amount of waft for spinning, Strictly Come Dancing style. 10/10!
Sizes: 2 years to 14 years

The Top 100 – This autumn John Lewis has singled out 100 heroes that showcase how John Lewis products take a joyfully bold approach to enhancing all life’s moments.

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