With growth spurts offering the perfect excuse, Claire Spreadbury finds the best childrenswear.
Going shopping for the smaller people in your life is an absolute dream. They can get away with any trend they fancy, you don’t need to consider flattering fits or muffin tops and everything is generally a whole lot cheaper, giving you free rein to splurge and emerge with freshly spruced wardrobe, without breaking the bank.
With the warmer weather finally here and last year’s clothing likely to be a tad on the small side, put a spring in their step with these hot new buys...
Flowers are always in fashion once the sun comes out, and this year is no different.
“Florals are already a big trend this season, and one set to last the length of spring/summer 14,” says Charlotte Baynton, childrenswear buyer at Fat Face. “We’ve predominantly seen them on woven and jersey materials, with soft detailed prints and delicate hand drawn flowers and butterflies. As a natural fit for the season, we’ve adopted a fresh take on a classic design, to really deliver that fun and playful approach to the trend.”
Beautiful blooms work from top to toe, mixed and matched with contrasting floral prints, or just on their own. It’s not just for girls, either – boys can don a flowery shirt and say aloha to the sunshine.
PICK OF THE BUNCH
Printed Jeans in Dusky Blue Floral, from £29.95, available in sizes 3 years to 11-12 years, Joules (www.joules.com)
Ecru Tulle Skirt with Roses Waist, £83, and Roses Chiffon Top with Cami, £49, both available in sizes 12-18 months to 12-13 years, Love Made Love (www.lovemadelove.com)
Contrast Mock Dress, £13 (reduced from £26), available in sizes 3-4 years to 4-5 years, Mamas & Papas (www.mamasandpapas.com)
Palm Print Shirt, from £12, available in sizes 5-14 years from end of March, Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)
OFF DUTY DENIM
The hard-wearing nature of denim makes it perfect for kids all year round.
“Printed denim is a massive trend across high street brands, and that applies to kidswear too,” Baynton says. “As an everyday wardrobe staple, the soft ditsy prints help the product come to life with delicate but fun additions of pop coloured poppers and embellished trims.”
Denim can be found across the range of childrenswear. So as well as jeans, keep a lookout for dresses, shorts, dungarees, playsuits, skirts, jackets and footwear – and double up the denim to your heart’s content!
PICK OF THE BUNCH:
Star Denim Pinny Dress, £24, available in sizes 4-5 years to 12-13 years, Fat Face (www.fatface.com)
Untreated Jeans With Turn-ups, currently on offer at £14.25 (normally £19), available in sizes 2 years to 8 years, Vertbaudet (www.vertbaudet.co.uk; 0844 842 0000)
Ciak Denim Sneakers, £50, available in sizes 28-40, Geox (gb.geox.com)
Little Bird by Jools Lightwash Dungarees, from £15, available in sizes 6 months to 5 years, Mothercare (www.mothercare.com)
Indigo Collection Tencel Embroidered Dress, from £20, available in sizes 5-6 years to 13-14 years, Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)
BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
Elena Sirghi, director of Mayoral’s UK franchise, said: “Yellow works well with florals, and one of my favourite looks is a pair of floral cotton trousers paired with a yellow t-shirt and an open denim shirt on top.
“After our long, grey winter, there’s nothing more fun than seeing kids dressed up in bright and bold colours, even the boys! The addition of a bold piece, such as a mint green shirt or turquoise trousers will transform any outfit, however simple.”
PICK OF THE BUNCH:
Samson Double Velcro Trainer in Green Leather, £59.50, available in sizes 20-28, Step2wo (www.step2wo.com)
Jersey Striped Polo in Carmine Stripe, from £17.95, available in sizes 3 years to 11-12 years, Joules (www.joules.com)
Bluezoo Make Some Noise! T-shirt, from £6, available in sizes 12-18 months to 5-6 years, Debenhams (www.debenhams.com)
Yellow Broderie Shorts, from £10, available in sizes 1-7 years from end of March, Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)