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Suit on a toddler - naff??

(27 Posts)
MistergodthisisSal Sun 20-Sep-09 18:09:05

With a family wedding coming up in the next couple of weeks, I'm debating whether or not to buy ds (18 months, but wearing age 2 - 3 years, and running around everywhere) his first suit. Just told my sister about lovely suit I saw, and it took her a good 5 minutes to stop laughing... blush

Am I pfb? Classless? Just plain stupid? If so (well, judging from dsis's reaction, probably) - what should I dress him in? It's bil's wedding, so ds will prob be on a lot of family pics!

I've got a week and a half, please help.

I'm a little embarrassed to admit now, but these were the suits I considered:
black - prob too dark anyway
Or this from Monsoon?

CybilLiberty Sun 20-Sep-09 18:10:24


moondog Sun 20-Sep-09 18:11:41

(I cringe to think of hideous waistcoat and tie combo I bought my nephew when I was about 20. Hadn't a clue!)

Monsoon thing just about passes muster but best bet is a pair of cords or chinos, nice shirt and a plain jumper in winter and sometihng in linen for summer.

CybilLiberty Sun 20-Sep-09 18:12:50

this is smart

themildmanneredjanitor Sun 20-Sep-09 18:13:19

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mrsjammi Sun 20-Sep-09 18:13:51

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PortBlacksandResident Sun 20-Sep-09 18:14:55

I'm going to go against the grian here but at the last wedding i went to there was a toddler in a suit and he looked DARLING! I think it's dead cute and cords etc. are a bit boring by comparison.

OrangeFish Sun 20-Sep-09 18:16:40

Nice shirt, nice trousers and nice plain jumper.

Suits on toddlers are naff, particularly if used with a tie or even worse, a bow.

janeite Sun 20-Sep-09 18:19:02

Awful...just awful..Please don't go there.

Flamesparrow Sun 20-Sep-09 18:19:08

I like toddler suits

No tie though

OrangeFish Sun 20-Sep-09 18:19:45

a more winterly version of something like this would be nice

alwayslookingforanswers Sun 20-Sep-09 18:25:24

there's a picture on my profile (DS3 in his Christening outfit last November at 18 months) - that'll tell you my answer

MistergodthisisSal Sun 20-Sep-09 18:26:43

Oh wow, thanks for all the quick replies! You must be seriously worried about the harm I was about to inflict on dear unsuspecting ds. grin

CybilLiberty, I just laughed so hard at your link dh came checking if all was ok.

I love all the links so far - I made the ultimate mistake of not giving enough info on fist post, but uhm, it'll be summer (in South Africa). Sorry. blush

I also quite like OrageFish's option, that's so beautiful - but £85 for something to wear once? shock

Hmm, ok, well, since at least PortBlack and FlameSparrow like suits so far, I'll try and console myself that I was almost there, just go a bit carried away with the tie bit...

Soooo, plan of action - to be safe and going by majority opinion - no suit then? Will go off to search for linen trousers etc then.

(And try and stop myself from buying your other options anyway...)

Wanderingsheep Sun 20-Sep-09 18:27:44

Oh I think a suit would be cute!

I've just got home from my nephew's christening and although not a suit, there was a toddler in a shirt and waistcoat with jeans. He looked gorgeous!

When my sister got married, my older nephew was 2 and he wore exactly the same as my bil. He looked so sweet!

differentID Sun 20-Sep-09 18:27:47

I'd say the M&P item would hit just the right note.

I personally think it's a bit silly to pay money for something a child is going to want to take off the second they can. Which is why for my wedding, I didn't even go for a jacket in the hire suit for my pageboy who was 7, because it would be uncomroftable. He wore a shirt and waistcoat and cravat and smart trousers.

LittleMissBliss Sun 20-Sep-09 18:33:53

We got a suit for ds as we had two weddings to go to this summer. He/we got loads of compliments on how sweet/smart he looked, (pic on profile) Think it cost a total of £26 (from the net) inc postage for a 5 piece suit so not expensive.

Maybe it's a marmite thing toddlers in suits. I like marmitewink!

MistergodthisisSal Sun 20-Sep-09 18:34:08

Now see, alwayslooking's confusing me - I think your ds3 looks so lovely! grin

I should probably concede that there is a practical problem too - if it is actually very hot, a suit won't work anyway, would it?!

I'm having problems moving away from suit idea! I go all mushy - also think they look so, I don't know, dapper! Will promptly close the pages in question and try for something halfway then.

It's weird, I'm not a silly designer-clothes-for-rapidly-growing-kids-kind-of-nutcase, but go all mushy at suits. On men too (dh, not random bankers in the street of course). Oi.

PinkTulips Sun 20-Sep-09 18:35:02

two little lads at my cousins wedding had the cutes outfits on... collarless shirts and waistcoats with scarves tied a bit like this (excuse the pic... finding an image of what i wanted proved harder than i thought and this lad was the closest i could find... obviously the little lad didn't have the fag or drink wink)

they looked brilliant though and much more comfortable than most of the other kids whilst more formal too iyswim?

i had ds2 in linen pants and a kadin shirt from monsoon and he looked fab too grin

OrangeFish Sun 20-Sep-09 18:38:16

I agree that is silly to pay such prices for something he is hardly going to use. For DS christening I used something that emulated that look but got the pieces form here and there and at the end I spent less than £20 with the jumper being the only expensive option.

If it's in Southafrica (and summer) is even easier, some beige linen shorts/trousers, a good long sleeved white shirt with brown leather sandals.

MistergodthisisSal Sun 20-Sep-09 18:38:25

Love your Marmite comparison, LittleMissBliss.

Since it's a very strong argument either way, maybe I should play it safe, as it's going to be first time in a year I see almost everyone, and I will feel terrible if half of them think I'm being stupid and feeling sorry for poor ds! Will pick another battle to fight and show I have some backbone. grin

PinkTulips Sun 20-Sep-09 18:40:37

cravat... thats the feckin word [do'h]

MistergodthisisSal Sun 20-Sep-09 18:44:56

I'm nervous at the though of having to tie a cravat, but guess the "day tie" not too bad here. Hmm, he'd prob just pull it out anyway! Sounds lovely though, will keep in mind in my new search.

If going for summary linen, I'm hoping to find it in a sale somewhere. Another night of browsing coming up. grin

PinkTulips Sun 20-Sep-09 18:45:43

like this but black with white collarless shirts, black waistcoats and black pants..... they looked gorgeous

alwayslookingforanswers Sun 20-Sep-09 18:46:48

I wouldn't hedge your bets on it being too hot yet - depending on where in SA it is end of September might still not be that warm.

MistergodthisisSal Sun 20-Sep-09 18:54:06

Oh that's really nice, PinkTulips. Only thing with that - I'm wondering if I go that formal, it's almost the same as suit, not? (Which I love, clearly, but think I'd rather go for the safe option and hopefully still show off my darling ds.)

Alwayslooking - true, true. It's in Pretoria, so at least chances of nice weather is good, but yes, change of seasons and all that. I'll go for something I could layer, and will take casual clothes for once he's covered in mud during the reception.

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