For some, the traditional look takes no effort to achieve, as it is the way children have been dressed for generations; bishop dress, Mary Janes and smocking are all familiar terms. To others, perhaps transplants to new areas or new parents who didn't pay much attention to what they wore as children, these words might as well be in a foreign language.
Although it's not necessarily essential to refer to garments, accessories and construction techniques by name, it certainly helps when shopping. I regularly hear from moms who have seen these items in passing, but don't know what to call them or where to find them. These moms want to feel like they are in the know and part of the club, so they would rather not ask a peer at the park. While there is no reason to be embarrassed, I am happy to provide a primer of sorts to decipher the terminology and identify some go-to brands. One hint: you'll find most of them at any boutique advertising "Fine Children's Clothing," "Traditional Childrenswear" or the like.
Even if you're not interested in dressing your daughter in traditional clothing for everyday play wear, this knowledge can prove helpful when in pursuit of a formal party dress or flower girl shoes.