Toddler Dressing

This is not the baby sitter’s club. What?


This week in sure-fire man repelling tactics that may rest unbeknownst to the naked eye: emulating primitive style cues, exhausting them. People often ask how I would describe my personal style and on the rare occasion I am not feeling like a douche nut, saying something ambiguous like “it’s personal” or taking the former sentiment further and just saying “ambiguous,” I do believe I have been able to quite clearly assess my aesthetic and that is: little boy meets little girl–this is often followed by, and then Hell’s Angel motorcyclist kidnaps them. For the sake of today though, let’s just stop at little girl.

All too often, I’ve learned my style is only reverting back to an early phase in my life when yes, I was deeply interested in toddler dressing, see tent dresses and Peter Pan collars but ultimately also couldn’t allow it to register as cool because I was, you know, a toddler. And really now, what’s worse than age appropriate dressing other than illness and bombs, etc? Not very much.

So I decided for MR-sake to kick it back to the playground where I grew up running through sprinklers and staying the fuck away from monkey bars. I’m like Benjamin Button growing down only my facial features are not getting fresher. There is a clear sign at the entry of this park that states, “no adults unaccompanied by children permitted to enter park grounds.” It was pretty bad-ass when we entered anyway. They’ll never know I’m actually not six, is what I argued.

Once we were in, magic was had. Puffy and me–see, that’s Puffy played and played (and played…)

Until we were asked to leave. Ultimately, you see, the point of this anecdote and the post at large is to remind you that short of a prospect that suggests you may get kicked out of the very parks that raised you, I know you’re thinking what I’m thinking on the rare, or I don’t know, maybe really frequent, occasion you come by baby clothes, and that is: I wish that came in my size. Embrace it and find it and infant wear proud. Layered tents are awesome, Peter Pan collars are for chic dudes who don’t want to grow up and chilling with your stuffed animal while in your mid-twenties is not weird. In fact, I think it may turn out to procure one big fat F/W 2013 runway trend. Just my speculation though. Live life in the stroller lane, happy Monday.

Lauren Moffatt shirt and shorts, Michael Kors platforms, from Net-a-Porter where prices are dropping like freakin’ flies, MR. Dannijo necklace, Puffy my childhood friend–remember his last cameo? And when he stole my coffee? Fancy dude. All photos by Naomi Shon.

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  • so pretty! Love!

  • Elisa

    I’m a big fan of toddler dressing, but not always a good man-repeller tool. Some strange men love it.


    Wandering Minds fashion

  • Bri Wang

     Haha, love it! You look adorable in the last photo.



    • Polaminou

      Hum, no she doesn’t…

  • Natali Karppinen

    You always make me smile! Great outfit, you look so cute 🙂

  • Hahaha the last picture is hilarious! And that’s also why I love to read you blog! it’s sooo man repelling! Hahaha

  • Cassandra

    Cute pictures! Love your shoes!

  • Elsa

    hahaha love your style Lean!!! You are perfect!!! I whis know you!!!!! Love from Spain.


  • emmaattheedit

    LOOOOVE your Michael Kors platforms, and I have to say I’m a big fan of toddler dressing. That last shot of you is actually hilarious, I love it 🙂

    xxx the edit xxx 

  • What a fun post and the pictures are amazing. Great outfit! (: xoxox

  • Kim

    Toddler dressing or not, I absolutely love this outfit! You look great.

  • LOL, you facial expressiong are priceless though, and it’s clear that whoever runs the park has seen more than their fair share of LAw and Order perhaps? LOL, anyway i love the shoes! I discovered that I can walk for days in chucky heels.

  • Hilarious! And, the infant wear is cute on you, but not on ancients like moi!

  • brianna.mestre

    hahahah this is hysterical as well as adorable

  • your outfit is so excellent! i’m obsessed with your shoes (and facial expressions, natch)

  • You’re the living proof that our inner child never abandons us!! And you certainly gave an hilariously exact definition of your personal aesthetics. We couldn’t expect less, coming from you! BTW, when is the book release??
    María José

  • Luna

    Oh, this made my morning. I’m on my way to work now. Needed that.


  • Anna Safronova

    We’ll see if it’s gonna become a large F/W 2013 trend:)

  • lela


  • Gita Bončina

    How I love your writing. Your an amazing toddler.


  • María Belén Acosta Meana

    Love the outfit and the whole post!

    And, today I have a request I hope you consider! I recently became a vegetarian and I want to achieve veganism soon, for both an ethical and health issue, but at the same time I don’t want to give up great fashion! I have an unbelievable leather jacket I feel bad about wearing now, but well, I already have it, maybe I’ll sell it, dunno. Nevertheless, I think it would be great if you could make a Vegan Shoesday, with a selection of amazing non-leather shoes that are not only Stella McCartney! I guess you can find some amazing pieces that are both fashionable and cruelty-free. Hope you can make it!

    • Aganbhullar2

      Hello Maria! Sorry for the essay. I just waned to share something with you, having been vegetarian since my teens, and enjoying clothing. I never gave away or sold my pre-vegetarian-days leather wear or *gasp* fur jackets. I simply continue to wear them until they fall apart. They are so hardy, they will be around long after I’m dead and gone, so I’ll probably never need to buy another jacket in my lifetime. Being vegetarian is not just about eating non-animal foods and wearing only vegan/non-leather/non-silk/non-cotton clothes and throwing out every single one of your still wearable/newish (less than 5 years old) leather items. It is, however,  about making the decision from the moment you eat your first vegetarian/vegan mouthful, to live as sustainably as you can, which means never, ever buying new clothes/accessories/furniture that hurt the world and its inhabitants (include a bye-bye to pearls, non-conflict-free diamonds/precious stones and silk and cotton that use pesticides harmful to local life, many forms of make-up because of their content and testing methods, and some forms of PVC/synthetics whose “run-off” is environmentally detrimental). So, my advice is, keep your present, beautiful leather jacket/shoes/furniture/makeup… And use those items until they fall apart (they will last quite a while yet): that’s “saving the world”. Then, once your present items are useless, you can start buying either brand new “vegan” clothing/accessories/shoes. Or, lessen the effects of manufacture (also a vegan concept in that it lessens environmental impact) and shop local second-hand, which may mean not having to avoid leather items.

      • Aganbhullar2

        Sorry for the meander, Leandra!

        • María Belén Acosta Meana

          I just read your replies! 9 months later! I still have, wear and love my leather jacket. And I guess after this time I started to be more flexible about this whole fashion and veganism thing. It’s hard being vegan-vegetarian in Argentina, so well-known for its meat and leather. But hey! I’m still not eating meat and I’m doing some vintage shop research too!

      • Smoseley13

         totally agree. i was a ‘vegan” for 12 years and terrified that someone would shout things at me just because i was wearing vintage leather.  Worry more about properly and ethically sourcing your products, as a vintage leather jacket (or vintage ANYTHING) is much more eco (and in turn animal) friendly than a brand new “pleather” one made out of toxic PVC that will taint the environment until it decomposes in 10,000 years….. there is nothing more animal friendly than using your hide as much as you can!! Also, unlike fur, most leather (not specifics like python, eel, etc.) is a byproduct of the meat industry, and in my opinion it is much better to use every part of the animal that just gave its life….. it’s the only way to be truly respectful and thankful!!

  • Coralie

    In love with this outfit ! Especially the top !


  • Jo

    Hi Leandra
    You look so beautiful!! Always love your posts, you are so funny dear
    And gosh, tell me about this shoes, they are so beautiful! Just love it!

    Kiss kiss.*Jo

  • TheNouveau Pov

    Excellent! Perfect toddler-esque facial expressions too! Love the double collar, for double regression.

    Park life!

  • Naina

    I can see that you were a very attractive baby. See above – your wailing “NO I DON’T WANT TO GO” face … very sexual, if I may say so myself.

  • Maryse

    j’adore ces photos !! la tenue est géniale =)
    amoureuse des chaussures <3

  • That’s such a cool silhouette you’ve created there. I’ve been outfitting myself in tents this week, but mostly just because it’s comfortable for finals, yet, now I know I’ve been dressing cool inadverTENTly too. That was a terrible pun, ignore it…
    Anyways, you are by far my favorite blogger, your writing style always makes me laugh! 


  • Anna Howe

    love your writing style as much as your personal style!

  • katie

    bahaha, your writing’s hysterical! i love this look – the peter pan collared shirt with the necklace that mimics, so cute! great shoes too!

    – katie 

  • Crystal Taylor

    I think the bibb necklace is what makes this “toddler-esque” but a very chic toddler-esque

  • I love this outfit. Too cute. The proportions are amazing.

  • rhodawong

    you’re so funny! love your shoes as well!!

  • Silviatanav

    Please please please remove the ‘view more’ thingy. I really hate it and so many blogs are having it nowadays, it just doesn’t let me scroll and scroll and scroll until I suddenly find myself in 2008.
    Love from Estonia,

  • Hilary Hinrichs

    Haha, you made me LOL. But regardless, your top and jewelry are great. Have a wonderful day!

    XX Hilary

  • Ba ha ha! You had me at Toddler Dressing!!!

  • Yevy

    LOLER dying and loving your looks as usual 


  • Melissamould

    this is amazing. the photos are so funny and outfit is actually so ace

    Mel x 

  • you’re crazy, but I like it!

  • Allison Jungk

    You are hilarious. Love your writing, your style and your personality.

  • D.

    I’m honestly in love with you and everything you do. You’re perfect. 

  • This is so cute


  • Nadia Auton

    Everytime I read your posts I laugh out loud. The pic you are like crying is the best. When I met you in NY I felt your positive energy! I that’s the same I feel and see when looking at your pics.

  • Cutest stuffed animal I’ve ever seen, besides my own beloved one of course. And I’d have to say, I don’t think a six year old could possibly wear heels like the ones on your feet.

  • Théa Unknown

    Nice outfit!

    Théa Unknown

  • monkeyshines

    cute look, funny photos!


  • nice to see you in another element cray cray layday.

  • Crushing on Puffy a bit..

  • Sealedwithakay

    OMG. Stop it. I’m dying. LOL!!!!

    You are hilarious.

  • Love the top, need it now.

  • Alex

    Love the concept ahaha but not applicable here in paris where the children are dressed like miniature adults !! 

  • Alimoresco

    Leandra is so lucky she can literally wear anything and look great. I am so jealous.


    U r too funny and that necklace is too awesome!

  • Isbellamusicca

    I got kicked out of that park once too!!!! And when I was seven I got a really bad rash from the sandbox!!

  • Jenaly Enns

    hahaha…I love the last picture!!! 

  • so cool!
    love the pictures, and amazing outfit!!

  • Stephanie

    YOu’re awesome ! haha


  • Indi

    soo cute! and love the platforms!

  • Your pictures crack me up! I’ve never heard of toddler dressing as a trend and it’s different but probably not for me but I do love your shoes!

  • Belén cavas

    Lovely pictures, you always make me smile, so funny and very nice style always. kisses!!!

  • You are so damn hilarious and your hair is amazing.

  • Aleksandra Paszkowska

    I’m not sure if it’s Kid Propelling or Kid Repelling that you’re exhibiting in these pictures, but if you’re accidentally propelling (which you absolutely might), run before mothers press charges.

    Hello from Poland!

  • Nik

    Well now I’m all nostalgic and shit. 

  • Nataliya Smirnova

    loved this post!
    toddler wear is the next flower print

  • I love your little boy meets little girl crazy style. You look fabulous.

  • Clare

    I have the exact same bear….. I have had him since I was a baby!!! I looooove the Peter Pan collar on the shirt layered with the Peter Pan collar of the necklace 

  • Neijah

    This is a cool idea and VERY funny! I actually love the entire outfit 🙂


  • Eva Kraaijeveld

    Haha, again great pics and outfits!

  • SO cute!

  • Roula

    Love all your expressions!

  • Holly

    I’m a newcomer to your blog and I’m rather enjoying it. :)However, I tried to subscribe to the MR Newsletter and it would seem you have some errors there (as it does not allow me to add my email to the guest list).
    Also – when can us Canucks start purchasing items from your site? Open up a little would ya?
    Other than that – I’m lovin’ the whole man repeller jazz. Keep it coming.

  • AlexPeacher1023

    This is amazing. I swear I’ll have a mid-life crisis at 25… why can’t we always just play on the play ground?

  • I love everything about this outfit x

  • Grace Lee

    Hahaha your face in the last shot is PRICELESS. That’s hilarious that you got asked to leave!


  • I have that same stuffed animal!!!!! 🙂

  • Oh my gosh! How did you know? It’s so ironic…I did a post on “fancy toddler” dressing and was actually going to take pictures with a stuffed animal, lol…It’s seriously remarkable how many times I go to your blog and come across something incredibly relevant to me haha.

    The Quiet Spaces

  • Veronique

    ahahahah you’re incredibleeee I love the shorts and the top together! wow
    like wow wow!

  • That last photo is so classic! I love it!

    x Aprilia


  • Kimberly

    really love this outfit!

     City Style

  • You’re awesome for frolicking around the playground with those sandals and not being afraid to just party it up with the toddlers!! YOU’RE JUST SO RAD.

  • Marina Casapu

    It would’ve been perfect if in the last picture there was a crying baby next to you or even in the background!!!!

  • i approve both of your sneaking in to a baby park and your getting kicked out of said baby park. bravo!
    also, collar and necklace combo=fantastic.

  • I’m sorry, but that photo of you wailing on the jungle gym is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.  Keep up the good work.

  • Vanessa Ordinario

    You are just funny! The last photo made me laugh out loud!


  • What a cool dress! Love the photoes:)

  • Kat

    you are fantastic! love those shorts and the shoes!

  • Ellenlinam

    I’m def digging the leg up driving photo. It’s by far the only way I drive! lol
    Love this post, outfit, writing etc!

  • Lindsay

    I love that you did a fashion shoot in the middle of a busy playground. And you sure can write! “…a little girl and a little boy and then they get picked up by a Hell’s Angel…” I’m paraphrasing, but that was one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. 

  • Love it! The best facial expressions and the most fabulous outfit.


  • Mady

     love the necklace!


  • Monicositas .

    hahahaha… love your face in the last photo!!!! You are so natural!!!



  • Now that is the dressing that appeals to pedobears, the only difference is that you know not to get in the van when a man offer you candy and ice-cream. The ensemble emulates cutesy, which just looks fucking adorable. 

  • Nororre nororre
  • Your style of dressing is so cute – love it! I love this particular outfit and I adore how the photos came out, too. 🙂

  • Nadja

    gorgeous outfit! love it

  • Grace Huang

    haha i LOVE THIS~


  • MGF

    I think I’m in love with Puffy

  • aubrey

    peter pan collars kick ass!

  • I love these funny pics….. Fashion is fun!

  • Lauren

    I LOVE this outfit!

    (Also Im glad you think chilling with a stuffed toy when in your 20’s isn’t weird!)

  • Hahahha so MR to take pics around kids at a park. I usually don’t opt for sky high platform wedges and pretty outfits at the park, but who knows. I love that the shirt and shorts are pretty simple, but with the necklace and wedges are just the opposite. Everything just falls into place so lovely.


  • GlitterNinja

    Amazeballs to the fuck-all degree.

  • Shemademedoit

    Loved this post! All so very true!

  • Annushka

    Beautiful look!! Lovely style))

  • laura

    those shoes are beyond fabulous

  • want those shoes! Loved these pics in the playground…they should have grown up playgrounds! I want to play on slides and swings too!


  • Stills

    What a cute outfit! 

  • Kelsandemma
  • Sarah

    Adore these pictures, such fun!

  • Teresa

    Hahahahahahe love it!

  • Pet Rock Rocks

    I live right near here! <3 Beautiful

  • K_RFK

    Hahaha!  You are hilarious!!!  I love that about your blog.  It’s not just boring poses we see in every other blog but we get a glimpse of your character! hahaha, truly entertaining and importantly honest!

    And like many of the comments already, my man wouldn’t be repelled whatsoever with ‘toddler dressing’.  He in fact finds it cute.  I wear the hijab now but I still have fun toddler’ing it out at home 🙂  

    K xx

  • Floor Reitsma

    Love this outfit. It’s really cool!

  • platforms please

  • Dale Chong

    I honestly adore this outfit

  • paula mcclelland

    Your’e hilarious!  I love the “cudly toy” touch. 

  • your faces make everything so much better…well they were already amazing…soooo

  • Poop

    im melody wade im 14.
    i love eating poop

  • Alexia Mickens

    Oh my gosh, this is too cute! I love this outfit! Entirely amazing!
    xx, alexia
    Fancy Corpse

  • Beauty Follower
  • Smoseley13

    you can get a ticket for being in close proximity to any playground in NYC and not being accompanied by a child…… i am a parent and understand that there are creeps out there, but hello! a little overboard if you ask me…… talk about infringing on a citizen’s rights!!  That’s what happens to a city when the kids are being “chaperoned” by overworked nannies instead of their actual parents!!!!!!   Watch your kids, even pedos have kids accompanying them from time to time…………

  • TeuntjeVDW

    Haha, you’re too cool! xx.

  • Natylovefashion

    beautiful look!great style!wow 

  • Um, the bib necklace with the bib collar kill me. Love it.

  • Christinekim0

    I live for those sandals. so pretty

  • Alexia Mickens

    OMG, this outfit is totally amazing! Love the shorts and top and shoes! I love everything! I wanna be a toddler too! LOL!

    xx, alexia in the meantime

  • Jurandy


  • tanya_caines

    You are the funniest cutest thing I swear, cant believe you got kicked out of the park, thats hilarious. 

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