The fanciest outfit I had growing up was a $50 "Canadian tuxedo" from the Limited Too. It consisted of a red jean jacket, red jeans, a red and white striped turtleneck, and a red patent plastic belt. It was awesome. So awesome in fact, that I wore it for picture day two years in a row.

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From left to right: Litte Marc dress, $79. Armani Juniors, $175. Baby Dior, $215. Photos via NeimanMarcus.com


While I managed to survive without high-end designer clothing (maybe because there wasn't any?) the children of the new millennium have a multitude of designer duds to choose from when forming their wardrobes. And by that I mean their moms and rich gift-giving friends have names like Gucci, Stella McCartney, and Lanvin from which to shop for the latest in kids' fashion.

Have to admit, I'm a little jealous of these kids getting dressed up in some of the top fashion names of our time, but then again, that's no surprise. I've been envious of Suri Cruise's outfits for years. Her heels, her purses, her side-swept bangs and midday naps ... she has it all. Perhaps we can all honor (blame?) Suri for pushing out the old days of Garanimals and Healthtex, and ushering in a new dawn of the $95 Armani onesie and the $175 Stella McCartney wool-blend military jacket. With Suri flaunting herself all about town, designer kids' clothes were bound to become a trend.

But when Versace announced last week that they were joining the kids' clothing game, I thought things might have gone too far. I pictured saucy 4-year-olds in Elizabeth Hurley's paper-clip dress and 6-year-olds prancing around the playground in J. Lo's plunging green necklines from the 2000 Grammys. But thankfully they left their signature sexy style for the adults, and designed label-heavy kids' wear that looks like, well, kidswear with a bunch of Versace logos on it.

Most of the high-end designer kids' clothes I've seen look adorable (don't get me started on the Burberry one-piece bathing suit) but I don't think I can fully wrap my brain around the price tags. All justifications like "owning it forever" because it's "timeless" go right out the window when we're dealing with growing, innocently grimy, children.

But what do I know. I wore a red denim tux for two years straight.

What do you think of designer children's clothes?