Kate Middleton's Favorite Kids' Designer on the 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Child Needs
Want to dress your kids like Prince George and Princess Charlotte?

Duchess Kate is a fan of Spanish children's brands, particularly the adorably traditional Pepa & Company. Not only is founder Pepa Gonzalez responsible for the sweet whale sweater seen in Prince George's birthday portraits last July and the fetching smocked dress Princess Charlotte wore in Canada (above), but she also designed the bespoke bridesmaid dresses and page boy outfits for Pippa Middleton's wedding in May.

"Seeing the little members of the Royal family in some of our clothing is always a surprise and an honor," she wrote in an email to Town & Country.

While most of us (you know, aside from Meghan Markle) will probably never be a member of the British royal family, Gonzalez can help us dress like one. Below, she shares the top 10 pieces she believes every child needs in their closet.

For Girls: A Classic Hand-Smocked Dress

"Every girl should wear a hand-smocked traditional dress once in her lifetime."

For Girls: A Liberty Print Frilled Collar Top

"Liberty is the king of floral print. I think it’s a must to introduce children to these lovely patterns."

For Girls: A Knitted Cardigan

"A knitted cardigan is cozy and easy to put on and take off in case a child gets hot or cold while playing. I also love the fact that a cardigan can let your daughter show off her top or collar underneath."

For Girls: Mary Jane Shoes

"The classic shoe style is perfect to pair with a dress but also with jeans and a beautiful blouse."

For Girls: Oversized Hair Bows

"There is nothing more girly than a big hair accessory to complete a look. In Spain, no girl leaves home without a bow matching her outfit!"

For Boys: Knitted Sweaters with a Motif

"I love designing these sweaters and thinking about which animals might be a child's favorite. Boys love wearing a little whale, elephant, or a puppy, and the motif looks so sweet on a child."

For Boys: Shorts

"There is nothing more traditional that little boys wearing shorts. It’s a very English thing to dress a young boy in shorts until age six. Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on younger boys are one of the silent class markers that we have in England."


For Boys: A Top with Peter Pan Collar

"Peter Pan collars bring a sweetness to any baby outfit. They are such a traditional touch, and we feature the style in every collection."

For Boys: Knitted Dungarees

"Dungarees are so comfortable and cozy for babies and toddlers. It’s the perfect piece for 6-month-olds to 20-month-olds, allowing them to crawl and move around non-stop, while still looking good in their outfits!"

For Boys and Girls: Leather T-Bar Buckled Shoes

Leather T-bar shoes are another classic piece that belongs in every baby's wardrobe! Not only are they the traditional shape for baby shoes, but they also look sweet on both boys and girls.

We make our shoes in Spain using high-quality leather materials inside and outside, making sure they are the right shoe for your baby’s first steps.

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