WILD AT HEART
Heed the call of nature with textures and prints inspired some the fiercest creatures on the planet. Don’t be scared to try out these statement pieces—for children, they come off as playful, rather than aggressive. Shearlings and fur should be faux, and look for leopard and python prints showing up on everything from leggings to Mary Janes.
Warm and cozy above all, this season’s layers are thick and inviting. Pile on the chunky separates and try out the Fall ’11 touches, such as detailed stitching, pom-poms and (faux) fur trim. Both adorable and frost-friendly, this look can easily translate to mild climates—just swap out the poncho for a hat or scarf. Color-wise, shades of white are all the rage, and they’re versatile enough to go with all the basics in your child’s wardrobe. Bundle up!
Inspired by the classic silhouettes of Chanel (dropped waists, strong-shouldered jackets, and trim skirts) and an overall Parisian sensibility, this trend (which comes to us this season via Prada’s breathtaking Fall collection) makes its way into childrenswear through retro silhouettes, vintage patterns, neutrals and demure florals. For your petit, channel the vibe with nostalgic tweed coats, cap-toe shoes, and forties-era chapeaux. Gloves not required!
The bright colors you saw (and loved) all spring and summer are back in full force this season, so consider this an excuse to make a color statement. Hues of cobalt, purple and tomato are the most seasonally relevant, and worn with basic black separates, they’re an easy way to update your child’s preexisting wardrobe.
No need to take this trend literally, but menswear-influenced pieces are tailor made for tots of all sizes. Grey flannel, pinstripes, tweeds, and shades of smoke are found in bespoke-influenced pieces like vests, sweaters, narrow trousers, and blazers. Go ahead—raid your local haberdashery, and don’t be afraid to mix the stripes, textures and patterns. Just keep them all in the same color family!
From Native American textiles to African prints, these cheery motifs add a touch of warmth to cold-weather dressing. Get the look with a patterned frock or handcrafted accessory to add a touch of the well-traveled to your child’s look—even if you’re traveling no further than your parents’ place.