As the temperatures drop, there is no need to sacrifice fun fashion for warmth. Children have almost as many options as adults, allowing them to be ready for school, holiday events or play time – and they can express their own creativity in the process.
Cher Hoskins, owner of The Grey Goose, offers traditional clothing for infants through early elementary ages. She said knit dresses, often worn with leggings for colder days, are big hits right now.
“Probably the biggest sellers are knits,” she said.
Cotton tights were common, but have now been largely replaced by leggings. Hoskins said they wear well and are easy to put on wiggly legs.
Traditional smocked dresses are always popular no matter what the season. Hoskins said they can be worn with a sweater and leggings for warmth. The biggest change is the hemline, with some styles now above the knee.
“The hems are coming up,” Hoskins said. “Smocked dresses are getting shorter.”
For little boys, jersey shirts with appliques or smocking are popular.
For the holidays, Hoskins said dressier items for boys and girls are often in traditional colors of red, red with green trim, or navy and white.
Tara Rice, owner of The Little Beehive, sells a lot of separates for play and school. She said this winter’s trends will look familiar to moms.
“For older girls, it’s mimicking a lot of what we are seeing for women,” she said.
Fringe, suede, pompom trim and other retro looks are making their way into kids’ fashion.
Mix and match separates are adorable, practical and they let children find their own style.
“Now it’s a little more freestyle for them and they love it,” Rice said. “They feel like they have more say so.”
Mustards and plums will be seen everywhere this winter, with skinny leg bottoms and patterned tops.
Rice said for both boys and girls, woodland animals will make another appearance, just like last year. Foxes and racoons are still popular. For little girls, look for lots of muted pinks, blues and turquoise colors. Boys’ clothing will feature rich fall colors, along with blues. Colored pants stick around and Rice said they are great for dressing up or down.
“In children’s clothing, you have a little more longevity than in adults,” she said.
Some items, like tagless shirts, can give families a head start on morning routines by making getting dressed easier for all.
“Comfort is key for little bitties,” Rice said. “We have customers whose children don’t like the feel of a tag.”
Rice is a fan of letting children help pick out clothing.
“It gives kids a lot of confidence if they can be involved in the process,” she said. “If they feel like they’ve had a hand in picking something, you get less push back later on. And they just feel good wearing it.”
Giving children some input in clothing purchases also lets them express themselves in a way parents might not expect.
“Sometimes even our small kids, like 5 or 6, pick out things that I wouldn’t or their parents wouldn’t, and it works,” Rice said. “They have their own eye.”
More looks for winter
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