Spring is in the air. Only last week Hector and I ventured out without our coats…I know, I know, we like to live life on the edge.

All of a sudden it feels so warm, the hellebores and snowdrops are out, we’ve even spotted some grape hyacinths and primroses too and my thoughts have turned to brighter days ahead, shorts and t-shirts and fun in the garden. I’m so excited.

So to celebrate what better then, than to start prepping and planning Hector’s Spring wardrobe. He’s also had a bit of a growth spurt of late and so many of his clothes just don’t fit him any more which gives me another reason to legitimately bash the plastic. The curated collection below includes both those items I’ve been purchasing and those that are on my wishlist if money was no object.

Let’s get started…


Zara isn’t killing it like it used to. That said Hector lives in their slim fit jeans day in day out. They’re pretty much the only trousers that fit his skinny pins and I love the fact there’s no zip or button and just a popper instead which means it’s that much easier to change him at nursery and at home.

On a recent Spring spree I bought Hector this lightweight “Bonjour” sweatshirt because stripes and French words is a no-brainer especially given our French heritage. Honestly who am I trying to kid? I just liked it and I’ve since found out that Miss Mabel has it too. At £6.99 this C’est Tres Bien long sleeved tee is cheap enough to not worry when it inevitably gets covered in mud from Hector’s latest round of puddle jumping.

One thing I am head over heels for is this pair of charcoal grey dungarees available in sizes up to four years which would look awesome with this Cactus t-shirt for the tropical vibe.

We don’t have a Summer wedding to attend this year but if we did then I’d definitely be popping Hector in one of these basic button t-shirts which are smart enough for a more formal occasion but comfortable enough for him to run (within reason!) around in. Available in four colours for a bargain £3.99!

John Lewis

I only discovered John Lewis’ heirloom collection last week; has it been around for a while? Suffice to say most of the designs in the range are for more ‘event’ orientated occasions but I do rather like this blue and white linen shirt complete with Granddad collar. I’m not sure if it’s intentional but the slightly cropped sleeves with buttoned cuffs are also a winner in my book!


I love Boden although I think their girls’ collection is much much stronger than the boys most seasons and especially for Spring/Summer 2017. Hector lived in their shorts last year getting tonnes of wear out of his rolled up blue and red cotton versions so I’m especially pleased to see that they’ve released the range in more colour ways for this year. I’ll definitely be purchasing some more for this year especially since they’re so easy to wash and dry super quickly after dips in the sea and running through the sprinkler in the garden.

I’m a big fan of knitted cotton jumpers for those between-season days. Cosy enough to keep the chill off but not so warm as woollen knits, they are the perfect compromise for sunny but windy days. This contrasting stripe design with its bright colour combinations is a winner in my book.


Mamaowl is my go to if I want something for a special occasion or a knit to invest in that will see him through a couple of seasons. I love their range and I was very pleased to see that they recently starting stocking Rylee & Cru which is the brand who have designed this ‘Magic’ t-shirt which is pricey but I love it nonetheless.

The tee would look super cute paired with this pair of stripy shorts from Serendipity Organics which I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up buying for Hector. Alternatively these Gray Label shorts made from organic cotton jersey with elasticated waist are suitable for littles from 1 year and look super comfy to boot.

Mamaowl are also members of our The Littles List directory so it’s worth heading over to their profile in the directory to find out what else they have on offer.


A fairly new addition to my ‘shops for Hector’ list, Mango has surprised me with the quality of their products and the fairly inexpensive price tags. There isn’t a huge amount at the moment in their toddler boys range that I’m in love with but I do really like this striped shirt which has got ‘SUMMER’ written all over it complete with shorts and sandals. I don’t think it’s too bad for a tenner and the brand are also affiliated with Kidstart which means you get 4% cash back if you’re signed up to the scheme too.


I don’t often purchase many things from this brand, not because I don’t like it, but really due to the fact that the clothes don’t really seem to fit Hector all that well despite going up or down the sizing. That said I don’t think you can really go wrong with a pair of dungarees like this set. I like the dark denim and the slim fit. Available in sizes up to ten years too!


I know COS is on the pricier side of the spectrum but when you apply a cost per wear perspective I think the brand is incredibly good value for money. Hector is still wearing a shirt that he first wore to my sister’s wedding a year ago and it looks brand new despite the amount of times it’s been worn. I particularly like this monkey print sweatshirt and I know Hector will too so I’m tempted to buy for those chillier Spring days….I might just wait though to see if it goes into the sale.


Ok ok so technically this two piece romper set is far too small for Hector to wear but I couldn’t not include it because it’s so sweet. Perfect for keeping littles cool on warmer days…it’s making me ever so slightly broody…

Have you started your Spring purchasing yet? Anything you simply must share with us? We’d love for you to tell us in the comments below…