British GQ has just revealed 2015's Best Dressed Men in Britain, but one honouree completely owned the competition. He may be too young to even put on pants, let alone tie his own shoelaces, yet the magazine has declared that Prince George dresses better than most 30 year olds they know. (The mini-man has done for the sale of stripy dungarees what his mother did for Whistles wrap-dresses and LK Bennett wedges, no doubt.)
"Already following in the footsteps of his great-great-great-uncle, Edward VIII, and his grandfather, the Prince of Wales, Prince George looks set to become the UK's best-dressed man," remarks Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz of GQ's 49th place-holder (A slap in the face to number 50, being outranked by a one year old and all.)
Yes, it seems odd that the glossy style bible award a best-dressed award to a bubba who is ultimately dressed by his nanny, but what with the growing number of toddlers who've become style icons for grown-ups, has the world become too obsessed with these tiny humans?
At fashion week, some of the best seats in the house are now taken up by members of the under-five set. There's Hudson Kroenig, the handsome (can you even describe a child as 'handsome'?) model son of Brad Kroenig who became a Karl Lagerfeld muse when he was 3. There's John Jolie-Pitt in dapper dinner suits, Harper Backham in her Chloé frocks and adorable topknot and Blue Ivy in Basquiat babyswag.
We've learnt to accept the fact that we will never be as cool as Aila Wang. While the only piece of clothing my uncle ever gave me was a free XXL T-shirt from his IT company, Alexander Wang's niece works leather doo rags, six-inch Timberlands and a purse that cost more than my month's rent. Then there's Matthew Weiner's son Arlo who has the style chutzpah to wear crushed velvet jackets, madras pants and ascots in one go – Pete Campbell wouldn't dare to do such a thing.
And it's not just the celebri-babies who we've found ourselves sizing our wardrobes up against. The son of a stylist, Alonso Mateo has become an Instagram megastar thanks to his collection of Dior shirts and tailor-made jackets with Tom Ford pocket squares. At 4, designer Mayhem already has a fan in J.Crew's Jenna Lyons. And then there's my personal favourite, Philo Pompon, the French-Korean daughter of two ceramic designers, who seems to exclusively dress in midi-skirts, minimalist knits and a neutral colour palette. How Parisian!
Together, this internet lineage of well-dressed tiny tots are paving the way for a new sartorial movement dubbed 'toddlercore'. From denim overalls and onesies decorated with junk food to Gorman's recent fixation with pineapple prints (by way of Moschino Cheap and Chic) and actresses wearing tutus to formal events, it's never been cooler for adults to dress like babies.
And we certainly see the appeal. Just like the women of Advanced Style, there's something liberating in the way a two year old dresses. The toddler exudes confidence and laughs in the face of colour coordinating and stylistic convention. As Christy O'Shoney breaks it down for Salon, "A toddler dresses for the job she wants (doctor, superhero, princess, sea witch), not the job she has (toddler)." Your four-year-old niece has no concept of what's on GOOP, inVogue and what Olivia Palermo wore last week. And, rather refreshingly, most toddlers dress to be noticed when most us have taken to doing the opposite.
There'll always be people arguing that dressing trendy and looking cool is not an appropriate parental concern, yet who says it's up to mum and dad? One thing we know about toddlers is that they have a clear idea of what he or she does and does not like. (Just try feeding them peas or putting on those denim jeans when polka-dot leggings are the only things on her mind.) The toddlers, they have it all figured out. We only wish we could wear jelly shoes, kitten-ear headbands and daisy chains without the faintest hint of irony, while continuing to be sensible and employable human beings. Sounds surprisingly tempting, right?Read more at:www.marieaustralia.com/orange-formal-dresses