I have so many fond memories of springtime and the Easter season growing up in Texas and Tennessee. My mother always did an outstanding job creating holiday traditions for our family, and this time of year was especially fun! My mother encouraged us to help decorate, as she made an elaborate Easter dining table display, filled our fireplace’s mantel with porcelain bunnies, eggs and other fine collectables, and hung Easter eggs from our front yard tree branches. We made Easter bonnets, painted Easter eggs, and joined in on community festivities, like egg hunts, egg rolling races, egg-and-spoon races, Easter Bunny visits and more.
One tradition that I particularly loved was the importance of picking out our Easter clothes. If my mother didn’t hand-make our clothes (she once sewed the most darling pink smocked dress for me), we went to the department stores to select what would be the finest clothes in our closet to wear on Easter Sunday and throughout the remaining warmer months until we outgrew them. I remember how special it was to pick out a fancy dress with my mother, and I couldn’t wait to debut my new “big girl” dress on Easter Sunday. We’d celebrate the holiday with family, attend church and dine with a large Easter brunch afterward. Of course, there were Easter baskets, treats and egg hunts to make the day especially fun for young kids.
What I love about this “Easter clothes tradition” is that it taught me the importance of dressing up and how to wear and care for special, formal clothing. Growing up, we believed that how you dress shows respect for others around you, in addition to being a reflection of how you feel about yourself. We did not grow up rich – we were very much a middle class family – but my parents knew the value in looking nice, dressing for the occasion, and caring for the way we presented ourselves. My parents ALWAYS look nice: My mother has been known for wearing heels on her grocery store runs, and my father almost always dons a suit and tie to church. Back when I was growing up, our Easter clothes may have only cost a few dollars at JCPenny, but we treated them like gold cloaks. This approach to appearance and clothing may be an unpopular opinion these days, but I firmly believe this attitude has been an important factor in any of my business and life success. It’s always been important to our family to show up appropriately for the occasion and feel our best in our clothes, so I love passing down this Easter clothes tradition to my children.
This year, when it came to picking out our Easter clothes, I took my 3- and 1-year-old children to Janie and Jack, because their classic styles and high-quality materials remind me of the beautiful clothes I wore on Easter Sunday growing up. This was the first time I’ve taken both children to a store to actually try on clothes in a dressing room, and we had tons of fun! I let both kids pick out three outfits each to try on in the dressing room, and they loved standing on the stool in front of the mirror to see how beautiful the clothes made them look and feel. The best part of the day was when my 3-year-old son tried on his spring-colored seersucker button-down shirt, looked in the mirror, gave a big smile and said, “I look handsome.” Be still my heart!
We left Janie and Jack with two outfits for each child, but I really wish I could have purchased the whole store! Below are our favorite pieces, which could be perfect for Easter Sunday, spring school recitals, spring weddings, a nice dinner on Spring Break vacation, or a dressy brunch!
Janie and Jack Spring Favorites for Girls:
I’m obsessed with Janie and Jack‘s color palette of pale pink, mint, and baby blue for little girls spring clothes! The bubble sleeves and smocked dresses are to die for! The shoes have so much beautiful detailing! Complete your little lady’s outfit with a quilted purse, beautiful sun hat, or pink floral barrettes! Every little girl should also have a classic white cardigan in her closet for those chilly spring mornings. Links to all the products are below!
Top Row, Left to Right:
- The Emily Seersucker Smocked Sundress
- Rosette Cropped Cardigan
- Flower Sandal
- Floral Chiffon Puff Sleeve Dress
- Floral Bubble Sleeve Top
- Ribbon Cuff Ponte Pant
Bottom Row, Left to Right:
- Quilted Ruffle Purse
- The Charlotte Floral Smocked Dress
- Straw Bow Sun Hat
- Pink Bow Flat
- Floral Eyelet Dress
- Basketweave Sandal
- Flower Barrette Set
Janie and Jack Spring Favorites for Boys:
Classics never die, and that’s why I absolutely love Janie and Jack‘s styles for little boys. I was giddy picking out the blue oxford shorts, seersucker shirt and boat shoes for my little man. Plus, so many of these styles coordinate with the little girls’ outfits for a picture-perfect sibling ensemble! The sweater is so sweet if you live in a place where the winter chill can linger into spring, and your little guy will love accessorizing with these wayfarer style sunglasses! Links to all the products are below.
Top Row, Left to Right:
- Striped Seersucker Shirt
- Stretch Twill Pant – White
- Leather Boat Shoe
- Madras Plaid Shirt
- Tinted Sunglasses
- Striped Shawl Collar Sweater
- Linen Dress Pant – Navy
Bottom Row, Left to Right:
- Pique Polo – Navy
- Knit Sneaker
- Oxford Short
- Striped Belt
- Linen Roll-Cuff Shirt – White
- Oxford Slip-On Sneaker
- Linen Short – Navy
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2 thoughts on “Our Favorite Children’s Spring Outfits from Janie and Jack”
Maggie- I loved reading your story about your parents the way they dressed and the way they dressed you. I relate! Funny story-when we took Alle to Washington DC when she was 1 year old for one week to see sites mama was in high heels and papa a tie. They pushed the stroller for 7/8 hours a day in and out of museums-Very proud grandparents! Alle in her bonnet dressed for a photo opportunity! Very sweet! That was a daily experience with them. I miss the days of dress up! I am not giving it up!
Marla: This is so sweet! I love this story! After a couple pandemic years of little to no dress up, I’m ready to wear formal clothing more than ever!