07.04.2021

COLD WEATHER GEAR

Winter styles for your little trend-setter

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Words: Refiloe Legoale | Images: Supplied

With temperatures dropping, it’s time to pack away your little one’s light layers and to stock up their wardrobes with autumn/winter pieces. Much like any other year, trends are topping the style charts. However, with the help of our kidswear buyers Gugu Zulu and Diane Appel we’ve selected the best of the children’s fashion trends coming your way. Check out these key trends and style ideas so you can deck your little boys and girls with stylish pieces to keep them looking good and feeling warm.

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What should parents be adding to their cart in preparation for this year’s winter?

This year, we’ll be seeing alot of sets made up of tees, joggers, and fleece tracksuit sets. Additionally, what’s a winter without comfy hoodies? Make sure to stock up on fleece sweatshirts, hoodies, crew sweatshirts and zip-through hooded sweatshirts. Don’t forget the puffer jacket, rain boots, gowns, pj sets, socks, slippers, gloves and winter beanies. If your little one is still a baby, invest in sleepsuits, babygrow/vests, leggings, nappy bags, beanies and bibs.

What materials should parents prioritise when considering how active kids are?

When shopping for loungewear for your kids, you must shop for materials that are not only warm but stretchy enough for them to play in. The material is found in fleece sets, joggers hoodies which are comfortable for kids to play around in. Cotton single jersey tees are also a basic that every kid should have and can be layered with fleece sweatshirts for extra warmth.

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What trends are we expecting to see this winter for kids?

  • Gaming and Space: Nasa and Fortnite
  • Camo: In joggers, puffer jackets and fleece hoodies
  • Sports: easy sport tees, running shorts and joggers, windbreaker jackets and joggers including newness in NBA basketball products
  • Graphic prints: cars, sports, gaming landscape inspired prints
  • Loungewear: Fleece sets, joggers and sweatshirts)

Are accessories a big thing kids wear? which one’s in particular?

Yes, accessories complete a look. Some of the accessories to look out for would be beanies, gloves, scarfs, umbrella’s, backpacks, bucket hats and of course masks which everyone currently needs.

In summary, kids’ fashion trends for this autumn/winter season are similar for both girls and boys, with the main focus being comfort. To achieve the cutest looks, you will have to mix and match some of their wardrobe items.

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What should parents be adding to their cart in preparation for this year’s winter?

The trend is leaned more towards relaxed, comfortable pieces where layering is key. Essential items would include basic tees and leggings that you can mix and match and layer with dresses, jackets and knitwear. Moreover, the tiered dress trend continues. Pair it with stockings and Uggs or rain boots in their favourite character.

What materials should parents prioritise when considering how active kids are?

Fleece material in sweat tops, hoodies and joggers are great for layering, easy to clean and gives added warmth on those chilly days. Cotton in tees and dresses work best for versatility, durability and comfort.

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What colours work best for winter?

Any shade of pink is always a winner. The trend this winter though is towards a softer colour palette including pastel pink, baby blue, lemon yellow, lilac, sage as well as more spicy/earthy warmer tones of mustard, pumpkin, tan, greens and red.

What trends are we expecting to see this winter?

  • Pretty feminine styling with a slight vintage feel including tiered dresses, crochet knits, smocking detail and floral ditsy prints.
  • Denim across jackets, jeans paired with check shirts and dresses
  • Focus on fitness with comfort being key across yoga and dance-inspired outfits.
  • Ditsy florals, spots, stripes, checks and animal prints.
  • Top-to-toe dressing across basic loungewear pieces (hoodies/sweat tops and joggers.)
  • Frill detail and puff sleeves across blouses, sweat tops, dresses and tops.

Are accessories a big thing this season? which one’s in particular?

As we know girls love playing dress-up so the more accessories the better. Favourites for winter include beanies, hair accessories (headbands, alicebands, hair clips, scrunchies), backpacks, sling bags, umbrellas and of course masks which are an essential accessory to any wardrobe at the moment.

In summary, kids’ fashion trends for this autumn/winter season are similar for both girls and boys, with the main focus being comfort. To achieve the cutest looks, you will have to mix and match some of their wardrobe items.

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