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Loralin Design ice cream baby tee, $22 at totshop.com. (Julia Ewan — The Washington Post)

Old-Fashioned Looks For the New Baby

The Washington Post
Thursday, March 23, 2006; Page C02

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Old-Fashioned Looks For the New Baby

Babies care about fashion. Really. It’s right up there with the other necessities: eating, drinking and sleeping. So, for those babes not in the know:

Vintage and classic are the big story for spring, says Julia Beck, founder of Forty Weeks, a consulting firm with a focus on expectant and new mothers. This means everything will look slightly familiar, with vintage-inspired fabrics and old-world styling. With exotic prints and ethnic embroidery, “an infusion of world culture finds its way into the mix as well,” she says.

Loralin Design ice cream baby tee, $22 at totshop.com. (Julia Ewan — The Washington Post)

And look for bursts of colors like yellow, orange and fuchsia, says Kristen Franklin, owner of K Baby, a Georgetown bambino boutique. “A bohemian influence is really evident across the board, from the edgiest to the most traditional lines,” says Franklin, herself a new mom.

“Designers are finding new ways to combine hippie with chic and classic all at once. They’re basically mixing sophisticated prints with peasant-style pieces and classic details,” she says. “And the end result is really fun and retro with a little twist of romance.”

– Janelle Erlichman Diamond