As the mom of seven, clothing designer Kayce Hughes has amassed plenty of experience determining what kinds of outfits kids like to wear. A one-time mentee of the likes of Reed Krakow and Vera Wang, Hughes launched her eponymous women’s label in 1998, then followed up with her adorable children’s clothing collection. Kayce Hughes’ designs for kids include everything from baby bibs and layettes to boys’ sneakers, but it’s her darling little dresses that truly steal the show. Made of pure cotton, Hughes’ effortlessly feminine party frocks, ruffled wrap dresses, and empire-waist dresses feature bright floral or polka-dot prints, full pleated skirts, and details such as rickrack trim or bows. Match your little one’s pretty dress with a pair of Hughes’ metallic or woven raffia flats.
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Total statement-makers, crafted in the U.S.A.
The laid-back look: Striped sundresses, bright leather sandals, and more
Pint-sized prep with a charming dash of color.