Unexpected Style Inspiration: Preschool Kids

Julie Gerstein / October 23, 2011

The other day I got a message from my friend Ariel, who works at an alternative preschool in Tuscon. She wanted to nominate an Unexpected Style Inspiration: her students. “At our school, the model is basically let kids do whatever they want, and they come up with fantastic outfits. Just today a little kid told me, ‘Mermaids are in. Dinosaurs are not.'” She sent along the descriptions of a few outfits her students had sported recently and I got to work converting them into (mostly) wearable adult versions. The deets on the outfit above, and two others, after the jump! 

Preschooler Outfit #1: White cotton nightgown. Bike shorts. Jelly sandals.

Lace Dress, $45, Delia’s

Cardigan: $62, J.Crew

Black Leggings: $40, 6pm.com

Ballet Flats: $59, Zappos

Preschooler outfit #2: Hello Kitty T-shirt. Drawstring pajama pants. Chacos.

Cropped Peacoat: $35, Old Navy

Kitten Power T-Shirt: $18, Cotton Factory

Obi Trousers: $128, Anthropologie

Wedge Sandals: $37, Zappos


Preschooler Outfit #3: Chiffon dress. Striped leggings. Cowboy boots.

Pleated Chiffon Dress: $79, Jessica Simpson

Striped Cardigan: $80, Topshop

Slouch Boots, $160, 6pm.com