Autumn has arrived - and with it comes an abundance of fabulous fashions. But before you blow all of your spare money on boots, coats and dresses, spare a thought for your little ones, as their wardrobes will likely need replenishing, too.
With a burst of blooms, a splash of grey, some brand new denim and a creature comfort, you’ll have all the best trends in childrenswear covered.
The floral trend is an easy way to keep kidswear bright and beautiful this season.
“Spring is in bloom this winter,” says Yanitsa Yonchev, creative director of Love Made Love. “Flowers are invading outfits, adding colour and bounce to dark fabrics. Garments are being turned into flowering lawns, inhabited by 3D prints and flowers that climb up delicate chiffon and virgin wool fabrics.”
So if the grey skies are getting to you already, pick a bouquet that suits and let little ones bloom.
Yellow Skirt Set, from £10, age 2-16 yrs, Tu at Sainsbury’s 10th Anniversary Collection (in store only)
Floral Organza Skirt, from £18, age 5-14 yrs, Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)
Red Premium Virgin Wool Coat With Laser Cut Flowers, £199, age 1-13 yrs, Love Made Love - available mid season (www.lovemadelove.com)
Floral Dress, from £28, age 1-7 yrs, Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)
THE MAGIC JEANIE
Jeans For Genes Day is approaching on September 19, boosting sales in a solid wardrobe staple.
“Denim is key this season - durable, practical, comfortable and always timeless - plus, they get better with age,” says Sophia Walsh, director and buyer at Five Boys Clothing.
“Jeans for kids are available in as many colours, washes and fits as they are for adults, which means you can buy the right pair to match the right shape. Denim works whatever the weather. Team with more denim and add a jacket, too.”
Red Jeans, from £8, age 2-16 yrs, Tu at Sainsbury’s 10th Anniversary Collection (in store only)
I Dig Denim Newark Blue Jeans, £51, age 5-16 yrs, Five Boys Clothing (www.fiveboysclothing.com)
Dalmation Print Long Sleeve Top (part of a four-pack), from £11, and Denim Pinafore Dress, from £10, both age 2-16 yrs, Tu at Sainsbury’s 10th Anniversary Collection (in store only)
Girls Slim Leg Dungarees, from £29.95, age 3-12 yrs, Joules (www.joules.com)
THE CUTE COLLECTION
Everyone’s in love with the woodland trend, but no one can pull it off as well as a child.
“This autumn takes inspiration from all things whimsical, whether it’s a winter wonderland or woodland creatures,” says Estella Arroyo, kidswear design manager for George at Asda. “Think subtle sparkle, lofty knits and fluffy fur, with photographic snowy scenes or bold woodland creature imagery, embroidered and appliqued.”
Pick your favourite cute creature and decide whether to go bold or subtle - it’s a look that can’t fail this snugly season.
Playful Printed T-Shirt, from £3.50, age 2-16 yrs, Tu at Sainsbury’s 10th Anniversary Collection (in store only)
Deer Blouse, from £14, and Gilet with belt, from £24, both age 5-14 yrs, Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)
Rabbit Applique Skirt, from £16, age 1-7 yrs, Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)
Fox Jumper, from £8, age 4-14 yrs, George at Asda (direct.asda.com)
It’s the colour of the season. Grey can look dull and lifeless on little ones - but it doesn’t have to be that way.
“Easy to pair with brights or neutrals and good for hiding all matter of scrapes, grey is perfect for children,” says Maria Busquets, founder of Cashmirino.
“I find a different coloured trimming or detail, such as an elbow colour, brings more interest to the piece and helps co-ordination within the outfit. Wear with a dark pair of trousers for a comfortable and stylish look for boys, or over a coloured dress or skirt for girls.
Noha Ankle Boots, £65, Geox (gb.geox.com)
Girl wears Grey Coat with front pockets, £255, age 1-6 yrs, Diagonal Knot Stitch Set, £195, age 1-14 yrs, and Hat, £62; Boy wears Corean Shirt with contrast boarders, £95, age 1-12 yrs, and Jumper, £223, age 1-12 yrs), Cashmirino - available in store now and online from October (www.cashmirino.com)
Hooded Fur Gilet, from £10, age 9 mths-6 yrs, George at Asda (direct.asda.com)
Girls Embroidered Sweatshirt, from £32.95, age 3-12 yrs, Joules (www.joules.com)