2009-02-27 / Columnists

The Style Insider

Children's Wear

Here are five fabulous looks for kids from The Children's Place. All can be found in store or online at www.childrensplace.com. Here are five fabulous looks for kids from The Children's Place. All can be found in store or online at www.childrensplace.com. Welcome back to The Style Insider. In this week's issue, I am discussing children's wear. Because children's clothing ranges from infants to toddlers to kids, I am concentrating on kids ages 4-7. The variety is larger and more stores offer fashion for this age range.

Let's start with girls. What do girls between the ages of 4 and 7 usually wear? I found that it is whatever their parents decide for them. But since this is The Style Insider, I will cue you in on the new styles for children. So what do you dress your little girl in every morning? Well, depending on where you're going, it could be a dress, jeans and a nice top, skirt and a blouse, a sweat suit, or even a pajama set. I interviewed moms, that I know personally, and asked them their favorite places to find these basics for their children. Stores that were mentioned were Target, Wal-Mart, The Children's Place (which was mentioned the most), Gap Kids, Old Navy, OshKosh B'Gosh, and Macy's. Each retail store has its own variety of styles and price points. When I went into The Children's Place, they were launching their spring fashions. I asked a sales associate what their biggest seller was and she told me it was their new spring dresses, which include a very large selection of colors and silhouettes. My favorite was the floral halter dress that retails for $29.50 in sizes 4-14.

Now, it's the boys' turn. What do boys between the ages of 4 and 7 usually wear? Again, depending on where they are going, I found that they like jeans with t-shirts, sweat pants with t-shirts, sweat suits, and pajama sets. I interviewed more moms about their favorite boys' clothing stores and I heard the same names, but this time I heard Target more than any other retail store. When I went into Target, which has the best bargains on children's clothing, I asked one of the sales associates in that section what their biggest seller was and she said that usually their jeans and t-shirts sell the most. So, I looked around and found my favorite outfit for boys. It was a baby blue polo shirt by Mossimo that had blue, gray, orange, and white stripes. It retailed for $10 in sizes x-small to x-large. The jeans that looked great with the polo were a Glasgow wash boot-cut jean by Cherokee. It retailed for $14 in sizes 4-16.

When I researched new trends for children's wear, I found a few fashion forward ideas that look great and that won't empty your wallet.

According to FashionSnoops database, the key colors in the girls' new trends are bright pinks, melon pinks, citrus, greens, purples, and turquoise. There are five new trends to keep an eye out for when shopping for your little girl. The first is called Love Child. It mixes in bright colors, layering, bold prints, and casual looks. The second trend is Extreme Girls Sports. It is described as sportswear that includes colorful sweat shirts and pants, colorful polos, and simple graphics on t-shirts. The third trend, Lush Tropics, is a colorful trend that incorporates very bright and colorful prints with floral themes and colorful leggings with sundresses. The fourth trend is Fabulous 50's. It is polka dots mixed with a red, black, and white color palette. It also includes full skirts, cardigans, and bold patterns. The last trend for girls is Countryside Picnic. It is simplicity mixed with comfort and cuteness. Simple floral prints mixed with denim and plainly detailed white cotton shirts complete this trend.

According to FashionSnoops database, the key colors in the boys' new trends are sandstorm, a darker form of beige, white, and blue. There are six very stylish trends to keep an eye out for, when shopping for your little boy. The first is called My Malibu. This trend echoes California culture that includes surfing, the beach, and skateboarding. This includes layering, plain plaid, and striped prints. The second trend is called On Edge. This trend is all about Rock. It includes jailhouse stripes, skinny jeans, skulls, and music patterns. The third trend, Pop Life, resembles the boy band look. Skinny jeans, woven shirts, and vests are all a part of this trend. All basic colors and prints with a splash of bold colored accessories complete this look. The fourth trend is Tropical Punch. Bright colors, bold prints, and mix-n-match colors are all what makes this trend so irresistible. Lightweight fabrics in pinks, greens, and blues are most popular. The fifth trend is Blue Collar Worker. This is fashion inspired by the recession. It is also retro inspiration from the industrial revolution. Work-wear basics where denim is featured strongly is what this trend is known for. The last trend is known as Safari. This is more casual and ecothemed. Casual bottoms such as cargo pants and shorts are paired with polo shirts with minimal prints and t-shirts featuring safari themes. The main colors are brown, white, orange, yellow, and blue.

Different versions of all of the trends mentioned can be found anywhere; it just depends on how hard you look.

That's all for this week, but make sure to look for my next column in which I will discuss the best outfits for St. Patrick's Day.

Got tips? Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Email me! Fashion@rockawave.com.

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