Kids have an instinctive attraction to everything new and novel. And with so many great designers offering fresh and original lines for spring and summer, there’s plenty out there to get excited about. The on-trend look for boys this season is bright and bold with cartoon style characters and texts. Shorts are smart but casual, knee-length and versatile. Sweat pants have features and coloured trim. But don’t worry, as the girls won’t be left out. The same brights are taken down one shade to produce a vivid pastel palette. This is mixed up with the same cartoon flavours and Pop Art motifs. So whether you’ve got a little boy or a girl, you won’t be disappointed by this new collection.
Kenzo Summer Style
The Kenzo brand is always ready to bring a splash of sophistication to the season, and this year they’re doing it with pencil art in the form of cartoons, scribbles and doodles. There’s something fresh about their direction, mixing practical kids' t-shirts, hoodies, jersey skirts and cotton knee-length shorts with motifs that every kid will love. Check out the mixed animal print dresses, skirts and skorts for girls and the comic book collage collection for boys. Both these lines are sure to be the season’s top picks for stylish kids.
Pretty and Practical Monnalisa
For girls who love all things girly but still want to get out and play all day long, the Monnalisa collection is perfect. Their line of pretty pastels features skater dresses and party dresses which look as comfortable as they are cute. Their Birkenstock-inspired foot range takes the same vintage flower patterns and makes a statement. And don’t forget to check out their formal jacket collection, ideal for throwing over pretty summer party dresses, or the Monnalisa flower sketch hooded jackets in pink or blue for a more casual and unfussy daytime look.
Always in Moschino
But if you’re looking for design staples for this year’s girls’ and boys’ spring and summer clothing, look no further than Moschino. They’re offering great t-shirt and short sets in bold, fully clashing colours for the kids who have the style and confidence to pull it off or mix and match for a more subtle approach. In the boys' line there are t-shirts with the classic explosive Moschino logo splashed across the front. This motif is repeated in sweatshirts too, making it the signature logo of the season for this brand. There is some crossover between the boys’ and girls’ lines. The same cool bear in sunglasses shows up on the key pieces such as t-shirts and in the girls’ collection on a knee-length playtime dress, which could be worn alone or with jeans, shorts or leggings. The boys’ line also has the traditional Moschino logo blown up on t-shirts and hoodies, while the girls get cartoon graffiti style coloured in hearts splashed across dresses as well as leggings and vest combo sets.
Mega-Cool Mini Melissas
This year Mini Melissa has expanded on the girls’ summer shoe line by incorporating comedy elements, such as the dropped ice-lolly on jelly sandals - because not all girls are into bows, and why should they be?
And for those looking for something a little different, the Billybandit and Billieblush collections are seriously stylish this season. The Billieblush party dresses, leggings and bomber jacket are all mix and match for the perfect capsule look. Billybandit for the boys gets sophisticated with leopard-face photo prints and freehand-style leopard patterns on jackets and tops. At the same time, Catimini is getting ready for those spring showers with a range of adorable wellies and macs for girls. These bright colours and cute lengths will go well with any outfit - casual or dressy.
So get ready to be inspired this year and shop the new arrivals from all our favourite kids' designer brands.