Since it's introduction in the Spring of 2007, this lavender dress has been a staple of Violet's wardrobe. My mother-in-law purchased it from the clearance rack at Baby Gap, on a whim.
Violet was about 20 months old when she started wearing it. The dress is a 2T and it was a little big for her then. Violet was smitten. It twirled. It had a ruffle and puffy sleeves.
Fast forward 2 years and she is still comfortably wearing the dress. It is scandalously short, but the bodice fits like a glove. When she plucks it out of the laundry basket, I only insist that she apply layers according to the weather. I don't want to think about the grief Violet will suffer when she finally outgrows this dress. I'm hoping it just disintegrates in her hands and falls in a lovely pile of purple dust at her feet. We'll spread the ashes over our favorite playground.