Holly Willoughby for BHS Baby
I used to think taking my own outfit photos for a blog post was time consuming, but that was before I’d experienced taking outfit photos of a child...
BHS got in touch with me earlier in the year and introduced me to Holly Willoughby’s new baby range that launched back in March. Inspired by her love for classic French and British childrenswear, Holly’s new BHS baby range features pretty frilled dresses and smart pinstripe outfits in natural, breathable fabrics - perfect for the summer months.
They were kind enough to send three outfits for Zachary and I to road-test; he put them through their paces crawling everywhere and spilling everything possible down them, I then took over running everything through both washing and drying cycles.
Zach is pleased to report (not quite in his own words) that all the items he tried on were comfortable to wear and didn’t hinder his natural ability to get into mischief and test the boundaries whenever possible.
I’m equally pleased to report (possibly my most ‘Mum’ sentence ever) that all the items washed well and there was no shrinkage in the tumble drier. Sizing-wise they are quite generous, Zach is wearing size 6-9 months in these photos when the majority of his current wardrobe is sized 9-12.
Over the course of a couple weeks I managed to set up and shoot the three separate outfits. When you’re working with an 11-month old there’s no option for changing outfits midway through and even less chance of them actually doing what you’d like. That being said, I don’t think we did too badly, although it was most certainly a learning curve for us both!
The first outfit is a wonderfully light pair of dungarees that are perfect for summer months when you want children to be cool, but don’t want to battle attempting to coat them in sun cream. The set features soft laundered ticking stripe dungarees with delicate embroidered birds, as well as a versatile white jersey short sleeved t-shirt.
Outfit number two comes as a set; the soft cotton polo t-shirt and woven ticking striped trousers are brilliantly simple, but equally smart, what better choice of attire for riding a colourful caterpillar.
Outfit three is quite possibly my favourite; the oxford shirt is actually a bodysuit, which means you don’t have to fight a battle to keep it tucked into trousers all day long. The slate grey chinos immediately smarten any outfit and I’ve gotten plenty of use out of them over the past few weeks.
A big thanks to BHS for sending me the clothes and an even bigger thanks to Zachary for modelling them for me!