I loved this illustration as a girl and used to try to
imitate her lovely, feminine winter style!
-Tights, leggings and layers! These three words are the key to keeping young girls warm in cold weather months. Turtle or mock neck tops under dresses or a sweater over top are often all it takes to make a dress suitable for winter (I've even seen this done to girls' summer dresses). Layer warm socks over thick cotton tights or leggings on a very cold day with sturdy shoes or boots and you're all set. Of course, the hat, gloves and coat can make things even warmer and it's really fun to find them in feminine styles.
-Keep priorities! I know I'm always saying this, but it honestly helps me a lot to remember why we dress like ladies and in turn dress our little girls like girls. It becomes much easier to find the inspiration to continue dressing nice in winter. Thrift stores are really my best tip for finding pretty things for girls at $2 or $3 that they can wear all winter and not have to worry about staining or hard wear. I have found the most adorable classic wool coats for the girls at consignment sales for a fraction of what they would cost new, which I know I would never afford. They grow so fast and it is not necessary to make a huge investment in Janie and Jack or Laura Ashley (although if you can afford it, I'm definitely not stopping you).
I'd love to hear your advice on keeping little girls warm in winter in the comments below! I expect it becomes more difficult to find feminine clothes as girls get older so please let me know any suggestions for this as well. Thanks for visiting!