What is Smocking?
Smocking is a decorative technique that allows a garment to stretch and return to its original shape. Originally functional in design, it was used before elastic was available to help clothes hold shape in necklines, bodices, and cuffs where you might not want to use buttons. Smocking is commonly a decorative embellishment on traditional clothes for little girls and little boys.
It's a staple of Classic Southern Style for children and has long been a hallmark of families that appreciate a classic look for their little ones. The affinity for timeless styles allows a son to wear a hand-me-down from his big brother and dad's childhood. At Cecil and Lou, we appreciate this fact and craft our clothes with classic designs and durable construction to suit multiple generations.
Here are some of our favorite smocked looks for little boys.
Is there anything as precious as a newborn baby? This smocked baby gown is made from breathable natural fabric that is safe for sensitive newborn skin. Elastic at the hem ensures full leg coverage while allowing easy access for the inevitable diaper changes. The smocking on this baby boy gown is along the bodice, which adds a touch of class to this outfit.
The smocked baby sailboat gown is a perennial favorite for baby boys. Part of our family collection, this gown is perfect on its own or for family pictures with big brother or big sister in their respective outfits that note their status. The playful design is fun year-round, and the bright red flags on top of the sailboats add a pop of color.
Dressy enough for special occasions and comfortable all-day wear, this baby boy outfit is excellent for any little lad. This swiss dot baby boy bubble offers the option to customize with a name or monogram to add a personal touch to the garment. The tone on tone dot detail adds texture to this classic picture-perfect piece for photos.
When you're looking for a quick and easy outfit for your baby boy, nothing is easier than a bubble! The equivalent of a little girl sundress, bubbles provide an easy outfit that's quick and ready to go. It can be worn without a shirt underneath for hot summer days or paired with a peter-pan collar for a classy look for your little gentleman.
It's been said that every boy needs a dog. And whether or not you have a furry friend in your house, the smocked dalmatian detail on this long romper is sure to bring a smile. Long-sleeved and with a full leg, this romper is great for when the weather gets cooler, and you still want something darling for your baby boy.
Are you celebrating Christmas in the South? While some states enjoy beautiful snow and ice, many of us never dip below freezing during the holidays. But, if you are lucky enough to celebrate in a warm climate, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy the classic seasonal fun. This light-weight toy-soldier short romper set has all the fun of a Rockettes Nutcracker number without having to brave the cold for a New York City show.
Birthdays are special, and what better way to mark the occasion than with a timely outfit? This happy birthday-smocked short set is just right for all your birthday celebrations. Picture perfect and machine washable, it's sturdy enough to hold up to a cake smash, party games, and all the fun that comes with little boys and birthday parties.
This birthday-long romper is great for your fall and winter baby boy birthdays. Sturdy and classic, this timeless look can be used for multiple sons and passed onto future generations when the time is right.
Little boys and birthday parties are so much fun! The reality of having a toddler that's potty training while still wanting to look cute for a picture demands a two-piece outfit is in order. The smocked shirt gives you the classy upgrade from an everyday play shirt, and the elastic waistband is a must-have for your little boy this season.
Capturing traditional southern style for your baby boy would not be complete without at least one smocked item in his wardrobe. The classic embellishment up-levels outfits with tasteful decoration. Choosing smocked clothes for your baby boy is a timeless classic that can be handed down to younger brothers and even sons. Modern heirlooms for baby boys are sure to bring smiles for years to come