Toddler Fashion File: Pillowcase Dresses!

When it comes to toddler fashion, my style is decidedly classic.

Sure, trendy clothes are cute and all, but there’s just something so timeless about a classic look.

I love dressing my daughter in the kind of clothes I once wore: smocked dresses, Mary Janes, and rompers. My mother even saved some of my baby clothes which I love now sharing with Molly.

Pillowcase dresses have long been a classic favorite of mine. These dresses became popular because they’re so easy to make (pillowcase optional!) and they’re not quickly outgrown because of their liberal measurements.

They’re classic and come in so many cute variations these days. With such a basic shape the fun is in finding patterns and trim that give the dresses a little toddler flair.

And heads up, toddler mamas, your children will soon have their own opinions about their clothes (and everything else!) so if there’s a certain style that you love, now’s the time to indulge. They won’t be babies forever.

Here are a few of my favorite pillowcase dresses from Etsy! I hope they inspire you to make or buy one of your own.

  • Colorful Combo 1 of 10
    Colorful Combo
    The bright and cheerful colors of this print gives this pillowcase dress an updated look.
    Photo Credit: Our Legacy/Etsy
  • Beautiful Black and White 2 of 10
    Beautiful Black and White
    Love the one-shoulder ribbon detail!
    Photo Credit: Dreambirds/Etsy
  • Monogrammed- So Classic and Sweet! 3 of 10
    Monogrammed- So Classic and Sweet!
    When you're going for a classic toddler look, why not go all the way with a monogram on your toddler's pillowcase dress? I love this!
    Photo Credit: Silly Lilly Kids/Etsy
  • Baby Bumble Bee 4 of 10
    Baby Bumble Bee
    This would make such a cute outfit for a picture, don't you think?
    Photo Credit: The Polka Dot Lollipop/Etsy
  • Modern Floral 5 of 10
    Modern Floral
    Polka dots and flowers make an adorable combo on this pillowcase dress.
    Photo Credit: Blake and Bailey/Etsy
  • The Hungry Caterpillar 6 of 10
    The Hungry Caterpillar
    Based on the classic children's book. So cheerful and cute!
    Photo Credit: Jan's Little Hearts/Etsy
  • Aloha Beauty 7 of 10
    Aloha Beauty
    How fun would this be for your next luau or beach-themed party?
    Photo Credit: Sassy Jane's/Etsy
  • Nothing Says Summer Like Watermelon 8 of 10
    Nothing Says Summer Like Watermelon
    Your sweet thing will look as cute as can be in this watermelon pillowcase dress.
    Photo Credit: Kims Kreative Bowtique/Etsy
  • Tres Chic! 9 of 10
    Tres Chic!
    This Paris print brings a certain je ne sais quois to your toddler's style.
    Photo Credit: All Ribboned Out/Etsy
  • Cowgirl Up 10 of 10
    Cowgirl Up
    This is so playful and fun. I love the vintage-inspired print.
    Photo Credit: Bowsie Toesie/Etsy

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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