How to keep up with youthful fashion
Shopping for older kids can sometimes prove a challenge, what with hot-trends constantly changing it can be hard to keep up. That’s why we’ve created pages dedicated to clothing that are designed for older boys and girls, so it’s easier for you to find something that’s designed specially for those tricky age groups. To help you out a little bit further though, we’ve come up with this crash-course on what you should be looking out for this season when refreshing their wardrobes.
When it comes to shopping for shirts for older boys, the trick is to find something that isn’t trying too hard to look smart. A good example being this striped shirt that adults will admire for its conservative design, while kids can wear it open-collared with a pair of chinos to make it look relaxed and nonchalant. A trendy geometric shirt is also an ideal compromise, as the subtle design shows children are style conscious without making a bold statement. If they’re after a more casual look, then a polo shirt is an ideal choice. Some boys are embracing printed T-shirts, such as this vintage car piece, which should be right up his street.
Regardless of age, there is one clothing requirement that never changes for boys; they’re always after a comfortable pair of jeans that can be dressed down for the weekend, or smartened up for parties. However, if he’s after an alternative to denim, then these bright corduroy trousers are a great alternative, and they’ll add a bit of colour to his wardrobe.
Older boys can often have a fixation on the brands they’re wearing , so if that’s the case in your household, then let him show off with this Levi’s shield T-shirt teamed with the all-important iconic jeans in a slim fit finish.
The resurgence of retro basketball fashion is making boys move away from light slip-on trainers, with high-top trainers becoming a must for every older boy, with the chunky soles providing excellent comfort and durability. Having said that though, as weather gets warmer, they’ll soon be reaching for canvas trainers again, so make sure you’ve got some lined up for him.
Older girls are notoriously difficult to agree with over which style they should be adopting, but there are a few wardrobe staples that parents and kids are bound to agree on. From the essential skinny jeans to the on-trend coloured trousers, they cover all the key tones that any girl will be after this season. They can be teamed with a matching pastel-coloured striped top or contrasted with a bolder alternative that features a bright panel across the chest.
Or if stripes aren’t what she’s into at the moment, polka dots have never been more on-trend than right now, so take advantage of this top available in 3 different colours, which is made from an elastane-mix fabric for added comfort. The prevalence of polka dots this season is only reinforced by these cute pumps, available in 2 colours. Or if they prefer a plain shoe, then these patent pumps with contrast edging are ideal - they even feature dotted lining!
If you’re after a dress that will keep both you and her happy, then try blending a classic cut with a pleasingly stylish print, such as this ladybird dress that puts a fun and playful twist on the polka dot trend. Or there’s always the timeless nautical dress that features bold stripes and an oversized bow that manages to not be too ‘cutesy’ for older girls. However, sometimes older girls will want to ditch the prints, instead opting for a plain main piece, layered underneath a smart blazer that adds a subtle yet effective pattern to their outfit.
Remember though, that fashion is a fast-changing landscape, so it’s a good idea to visit our ‘New In’ pages for boys and girls, which highlight the latest fashions for you to browse through so you can keep up with the latest trends for yourself. You never know, you may even know about them before your children do.