Baltimore Magazine


Beautiful Baby

Baltimore Magazine
May 2006
Hot Stuff

Babies are not accessories. But, they do reflect a parent’s personal style. “It’s not like your 6-month-old is dressing herself,” says Julia Beck, founder of Forty Weeks, a marketing firm with a focus on the expectant and new mother. So it’s only right for a baby’s wardrobe to do a mom and dad proud. So what’s hot in toddler togs? “There’s lots of cultural and ethnic infusions,” says Beck – everything from Mexico to Asia. Colors are vibrant (the better to hide a little dribble): teal, coral, strawberry, icy blue. And adult looks are translating into kidwear, like pint-sized bolero jackets and Guayaberas. Two of springs biggest trends? East Coast beachwear (summer stripes, scalloping, canvas – think “Nantucket clambake” meets “surfer dude”) and retro punk (screen- printed tees, cargo shorts with skull buttons, tie-dye). And for the tree-hugging crew, organic lines are becoming much more mainstream. “Green is becoming the new luxe,” says Beck. But don’t fall too in love with a specific outfit – baby will outgrow it before you know it.