Summer … it’s just around the corner, and we can’t wait to get out into it. The Marie Chantal summer collection is inspired by those storybook summers that seemed to last forever when we were kids; long weeks of picnics, games and adventures, of sunny days and balmy evenings, scuffed knees, grass stains and ice cream cones. The weeks of perfect weather might be more of a midsummer night’s dream than reality, but we’ve got five dreamy outfits that are ready for summer, whatever you’re up to. Holidays, parties, outings or just enjoying the garden, kids will love these simple playful styles.
Summer is the season of parties, from regattas and garden parties to weddings and fetes, and our Honey suit is the perfect party piece for a well-dressed little boy. Tailored from cool cotton with a slim fit and stylish cut, it’s perfect for smart celebrations, but the jacket is casual enough to be dressed-down for everyday wear with shorts and sandals.
This classic linen shirt for boys, paired with Navy Resort shorts and Marie Chantal flip flops, has a touch of the nostalgic 1930s vintage chic of recent TV serial The Durrells; just the kind of thing nature-mad Gerry would wear as he runs off to examine his latest creature discovery. The cool linen is ideal for hot days and cooler evenings alike, and you can imagine your own budding mini-beast naturalist planning expeditions to the ponds and hedgerows. It’s also a smart but practical option for special occasions in the hot weather.
Little girl nature-lovers will adore this outfit from our yellow butterfly print range, with coordinated skirt and frill-sleeve top, paired with super-practical flip-flops. Made from the ultimate summery yellow and white fabric, the design allows lots of movement and freedom for play on the beach or by the pool, and the butterfly print on breezy cotton is so summery – think lawn games and summer birthday parties!
For a striking summer look with a splash of colour, our gorgeous Liberty Print Dresses are perfect for a Little Red Riding Hood skipping along in her red Mary Janes. The prints transport you to the English countryside, through the woods and fields full of nodding flowers and curling leaves, but those shoes! Your fairytale princess won’t be able to stop smiling at them.
And for the smallest member of a summer expedition, we love a little timeless baby style with a pure white garter knit sweater and matching bloomers, the kind of thing our grandmothers use to knit. These are warm enough to work for a cool evening and lovely for a wedding or party, but they’re very practical everyday wear too, allowing for lots of rolling, kicking and playing. If you’re sad when your little one grows out of this cute outfit, the beautiful quality makes it a real heritage piece that you’ll want to pass on.
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