How to get them set for Easter in style

Children playing outside wearing John Lewis & Partners
Maggie Westhead,-Digital editor

From egg hunts in the garden to quality family time at home, here’s how to upgrade their wardrobes for spring

The Easter holidays normally signifies a time to get out there again. This year, however, things are quite different and Easter is likely to be a more intimate family-affair, focused on quality time at home. For children, the highlight of the day might mean an egg hunt in the garden or if they are lucky, a walk in the woods. 

‘For kids, spring means shedding all those heavy woollen layers and coats that seem to take an eternity to pull on and off and replacing them with light and bright cotton separates that make that transition,’ says editor and mum-of-three Eleonore Crompton. Here are some fresh spring looks to help you make the new season special.

Dress them up

Big family gatherings are off but that doesn't mean all the fun has to stop. Replenishing the kids’ drawers with fresh looks for the season ahead is a mood enhancer. ‘I love Easter. It feels like the first opportunity to dress little ones up in sweet new spring looks,’ says kidswear stylist and mother-of-two, Charlotte Kewley. ‘I either go for pretty traditional dresses (think pinafores, Peter Pan collars and ditsy prints) or a more whimsical bohemian smock style for girls, and classic grandad collar shirt, quirky prints and trousers for boys.’ 

Boy wearing John Lewis & Partners ss 2020 sweatshirt

The great cover-up

Spring may have nearly sprung but in reality we know that means yet more changeable weather. One minute it’s pouring with rain, the next the sun is fighting through the clouds. A good sweatshirt or hoodie – ideal with jeans or joggers – is perfect for layering at-home. Go for one with a zippy slogan or bold print for a fresh take on the theme for 2020.

Return of the mac

When it’s time to shed the bulky coats of winter, toddlers and parents rejoice everywhere. But you may still need a warm, practical cover-up to keep them dry in the garden or on quiet walks outside when it rains. This is where a smart raincoat comes in. ‘A light raincoat is a great investment at this time of year and fine merino knits by Polarn O. Pyret are always on my list as they are temperature regulating and keep kids warm or cool as needed,' says Eleonore.

Give it some wellie

Even if outdoor play is limited to garden bug hunts this spring, a fit-for-purpose pair of wellington boots is practical. If last year’s wellies are looking worn and battered, this might be the time to invest in a smart new pair to see them through till next year. As well as a rainbow of coloured wellington boots by John Lewis & Partners, we stock classic styles by best-selling brands Hunter and Little Joules. 'I enjoy having fun with accessories over Easter,' says Charlotte. ‘I love knee-high socks with wellies. If its really cold (or wellies are a little big) layer them over tights or double up on the socks so they both show for a fun, cosy look.' 

Bags of style

A rucksack is more than a mere vessel to carry kids' stuff – these days it’s a style statement in its own right. A small, practical backpack that can fit a lunchboxwater bottle and a book is helpful even if you are homeschooling. Tip: always ask you child for their opinion on style and colour before you buy.

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