Fashion Challenge Autumn 2015 | Toddler Trends

A little chill in the air at night is certainly hinting that Autumn is here, meaning it’s time to think about ditching the sandals, lowering the hemlines and starting to add a couple of layers to our summer wardrobes.  I’m super excited to be taking part in The Warehouse’s Fashion Challenge this season, meaning I will be heading in store as an official blogger to dress our family head to toe in the latest trends for $200 or less!

I like to keep things bright and fun when dressing Nixon, he’s a toddler and the whole monochrome trend is a bit lost on me when it comes to both his bedroom decor and his wardrobe.  I base his clothes on both form and function, Nix is one helluva boy, a full-on, dirt loving,  rock throwing, future All Black-type {fingers crossed : P} BOY.  His clothes need to be easy care, but also look great and wear well.  I found some key summer pieces at The Warehouse  – did anyone else pick up those super cute navy drill shorts with the anchor print?  Amaze – so knew I would have no problem dressing Nix for the challenge.

The Warehouse Autumn Toddler Fashion NZ 1.  Bonds Infant Anchor Leggings $18 Size 2

2.  Hippo + Friends Short Sleeve Striped Tee $8 Size 2 1/2

3.  Hippo + Friends Boys Strike Canvas Shoes $8 Size 6

Starting with quality basics is key to creating a versatile and lasting wardrobe that can be mixed and matched easily.  The Bonds Baby range is my favourite, these anchor print leggings are perfection and can easily be styled for both little boys and girls.  With quite a neutral bottom I was looking for a shirt with a bit more colour; classics stripes never go out of fashion and should be a wardrobe staple, plus there are plenty of colorways to choose from in this Hippo + Friends range.

Shoes are trouble for us.  Both of the boys have feet akin to little chubby sledgehammers.  No laces just works for us and so do these uber cute little canvas slip-ons, comfy for Nix and easy to put on for me – everyone’s happy!

So, total cost of this stylin’ little outfit?  $34.  Hello!?  It’s gorgeous, comfy and totally on trend.  Nix thinks he looks like a babe, what do ya reckon?

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Acquisitions | Attipas First Step Toddler Shoes

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Nix was recently fortunate enough to be gifted a wee pair of toddler shoes from the range at  After struggling to settle on a style from the huge number of options I eventually chose a pair from the Marine range – because I’m a HUGE sucker for anything with stripes on it!  When they arrived a few days later I was quite surprised at how completely different the Attipas were to any other baby shoe I had ever seen.  Which, they should be really.  Baby’s feet are not like those of adults so it doesn’t make much sense to squish and force them into hard, solid soled shoes that do nothing to assist a child’s burgeoning sense of balance and coordination.  My initial reaction was that they were a bit strange, but this was quickly put to rest the second I put them on Nixon. 

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Attipas are seriously as light as a feather and as easy to put on as a pair of socks!  Nix’s feet are like little sledgehammers; they are huge and chunky and squeezing them into shoes is a mission so he and I both welcomed the relief of some easy-on shoes.  So, so many things to love here;

  1. These didn’t fall off once either at the beach or charging around the yard at home
  2. Attipas are super-flexible with so much room in the toe, Nix looked so steady on his feet whilst wearing them
  3. They were pretty dirty after playing outdoors all day and cleaning them was as easy as pulling them off and popping them in the washing machine.

These little shoes have been designed with the goal of being as beneficial for developing minds and bodies as walking barefoot, and I’m genuinely happy to recommend them.  Shop online at

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