With autumn in full swing and party season just around the corner we sat down with mother of two and Deputy Editor of Red Magazine Sarah Tomczak, to talk all things glitter, party dresses and what she would like to see next from Wild & Gorgeous…
What do you look for in children’s party wear?
Well I’m probably just as girly as my daughters! I love glitter, yards of tulle and pink, but I’m a bit more particular. I only like certain shades of pink – either a bold neon pink or a really dusty, muted old rose, both of which I put with navy or grey to temper them a bit. I also gravitate to blue a lot because I think something sparkly and blue just feels a bit less obvious. That’s the reason I fell in love with the Degas Moon Dress in silver. It’s the ultimate party dress but the sequins falling away to reveal that dove grey netting is just so romantic and unusual. But equally I’m taken with the Metallic Stardust Skirt and Snap Crackle Jumper in grey because I think it’s a more unusual party choice, yet the fabrics and details amen both pieces super special.
How does girls party wear differ from boys?
I think it’s easier for girls to feel special in party clothes – they’re are so many more options and a giant bow in the hair or a pair of glitter-clad Mary Jane can instant dress up even the simplest outfit. For boys you have to be more subtle (i.e. sequin-free), but I think everyone likes to have clothes that make them feel good.
Do your children love to dress up?
Do they ever!! Coco, my eldest daughter is a complete show pony. Just like me she gravitates to pink and a bit of glitz. It’s already a challenge going shopping with her because she has clear ideas of what she likes, so I find it easier to make the choices myself and slip them into her wardrobe – although we both instantly loved this gorgeous Firework Dress in hot pink and agreed it could be her next party dress.
She also loves the process of styling up an outfit so before a party we put together a couple of ‘looks’ complete with accessories and she chooses which one she’ll wear. I realise I’m making a rod for my own back by doing this, but I love clothes (as does my husband!) and we have fun doing this together. My littlest daughter, Sylvie, is only one, but I’ve already caught her swishing in front of the mirror in a party dress too, so it’s only a matter of time… I love this Baby Marni dress for her because it’s so simple and charming – and because the teal colour is unusual.
What makes them feel special?
I think as much as the lovely clothes, the girls enjoy the process of choosing an outfit – spending that time together and being creative. The other day we were putting away a pile of clean washing and I suggested to Coco we pretended she was a designer and we were hanging up the clothes to restock our shop. She loved it. She has such a vivid imagination and loves role-play, so that is as much part of the fun as the outfit itself.
At Wild and Gorgeous we love to team party wear with scruffy shoes and a ‘Lets not just keep it for best’ approach to dressing up. What is your approach to party wear?
If we’re going to a party, we go all out – party shoes (I love old-school Mary Jane in metallic leather or velvet) are a definite, plus a glitzy dress and usually a big bow too! BUT I also hate to save things for best, and now Coco’s at school I also worry about her growing out of her clothes before she’s really had a chance to wear them, so I’ll definitely dress down her party wear too. I’d put this stardust metallic skirt with a striped Breton top, white Converse and a little denim jacket for an everyday look. I also love glitter shoes with denim dungarees and a little blouse and this snap crackle jumper would look great with cords and Chelsea boots.
Have you veto’d pink for girls or do you allow their inner Barbie to speak?
We are known for our girls party wear but is there anything else that you would like to see?
One of the things that’s so special about Wild & Gorgeous is the prints - in a sea of Liberty florals they are unique and so beautiful. I love how you’ve translated them into nightwear, but I think they’d also be amazing for kid’s bedding. The Traditional PJs with their brights trims would make the perfect duvet cover and pillow cases…
How do you like to accessorise a party outfit?
I don’t really encourage Coco to pile on bracelets and rings (they always get lost!), but she has a few little necklaces she loves – one is a pair of crocheted cherries so it’s really light and she can put it on herself (she tends to snap chains putting them over her head). Her favourite thing to wear is a headband and she’s totally obsessed with this Sequin Meow Headband, otherwise we tend to keep it simple – less things to lose!
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