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Who doesn’t love stylish clothes? Or better yet, stylish kids’ clothes? Between you and I, some days, I am slightly jealous of my children’s closet. It is so hard showing restraint when you are blinded by tiny little clothes and an uber-adorable mini-human gracing your side everyday. What’s tough though is more often than not, those tiny little clothes don’t come with a tiny little price. Not to mention those adorable mini-humans sometimes don’t always want to play dress-up in a store… no matter how cute those baby skinny jeans or ruffled rompers are (but seriously though, SO CUTE!). Well, moms and mini fashionistas alike can rejoice — Runchkins has created an affordable way to have stylish children’s clothes delivered straight to your doorstep.

Runchkins Fashion Box Delivery for Kids

What is Runchkins?

Runchkins is a curated collection of the latest in kids’ fashion that are hand-picked by a stylist for your little one and delivered straight to your doorstep.

Runchkins creators have taken the time to ensure they are partnered with brands that are known for their stylish, yet high-quality, long lasting pieces, such as Hatley, Nano, and Tom Tailor, just to name a few. Runchkins wants families to be able to get adorable style, not only at affordable prices, but with the ease and comfort of never having to leave your own home.

Style Box Deliveries for Stylish Kids

How does it work?

Setting up a Runchkins order could not be easier. Customers create a personalized style profile for each child by answering a few fun questions: What is your child’s favorite color? Do they like animals? Do they like polka dots or stripes better? You get the idea.

Once you fill out the style profile, you arrange for how many outfits you would like to receive and at what frequency. You can receive 3-10 outfits once, monthly, or seasonally.

For a limited time, Savvy Sassy Moms readers will receive $20 off their first Runchkins delivery! Visit Runchkins for details.

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Now, here’s our favorite part — just before your shipment is set to depart, you receive an email preview of your box. Unlike other similar subscription services, Runchkins allows you to exchange out any pieces from your curated box, before it ships. As a result, you know that you are getting pieces that both you and your child already approve of. Amazing and time saving!

Preschool Style for Back-to-School

Once your Runchkins box arrives on your doorstep, you and your child can try on the items at your leisure. You have five days to decide which pieces you want to keep and, if desired, which pieces you want to return. The $20 styling fee is credited towards any of the items that you decide to keep.

Have you tried this kids' clothing subscription yet?

Returns are a breeze. Anything that didn’t work for you can be shipped back for free with already printed and packaged shipping labels in your box.

As an added bonus, Runchkins has created a wonderful “Buy Back” program for its customers. Runchkins will later buy back any items that you purchase through your box. Once your child outgrows your previous purchase, Runchkins will purchase back the items (up to 30 percent, based on condition) with store credit.

Give the gift of fashion

Always struggling to figure out a unique gift to buy for the latest baby shower or your next birthday party? Try out Runchkins’ new gift service! The service allows you to set up a style profile for yourself or for another recipient. Guests can then preview, contribute, and vote on what items are their favorites, and then the gift recipient will receive the top voted item as their gift. Such a trendy idea for your fashion loving little one!

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What style will your child have delivered to your doorstep?

This post is sponsored by Runchkins. All opinions are our own.

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Little Bohemian Style
Spring trends for girls: Bohemian style 

We are totally crushing on all things bohemian this spring… and not just for ourselves, but for our stylish offspring, too! With Easter right around the corner and warmer days ahead, you’ll want to scoop up some pieces from this hot spring trend. Floral prints, pastel colors, rompers, mid-maxi dresses, and everyone’s favorite trend, fringe! One of my daughter’s favorite things to shop for right now is new shoes and these girl’s sandals are all adorable and a perfect match for the boho chic style.

We love shopping at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack for some unique pieces to add to her wardrobe, whereas Old Navy and Gap Kids always have the most reasonable prices on the latest trends. We love to mix-and-match from different stores. The more items you buy that can create several outfits, the better!

Spring break picks

Tucker + Tate Floral Tank Top, $28
Peek Harlow Floral Print Chambray Shorts, $45
Old Navy Cream Fringe Top, $20
Old Navy Chino Shorts, $16 {sale}
Old Navy Best Day Ever Travel Tee, $9 {sale}
Take Me Away Graphic Tank, $42
Cara Couture Star Charm Bracelet, $15
Billabong Sol Searcher Fringe 2-Piece Swimsuit, $49
Truly Me Floral Romper, $48
Bey Fringe Sandal, $52
Ruffle Mid Maxi Dress, $22

Is your girl a little bohemian?
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Back-to-School Style from Rack Room Shoes

It’s that time of year again! Back-to-school prep is here and the frenzy to get all the necessary items on your list seems endless — supplies for school, backpacks, lunch boxes, books, sports gear, clothes and shoes. Some of these tasks are quite daunting (ahem, perhaps locating 75 purple glue sticks?), while others are a bit more fun… like shopping for new clothes and shoes! I remember being so excited shopping and picking out my own first day of school outfits and getting my mini-fashionista-self prepped for the new school year in style. These days, I still get excited, but for getting my own little ones ready for back-to-school. I love taking them shopping and seeing what they choose to kick off the new school year!

Back-to-school with Rack Room Shoes

For back-to-school shoe prep, my go-to spot to shop online is Rack Room Shoes. Not only do they offer a great selection of on-trend footwear for the entire family from everyone’s favorite brands (Sketchers, Nike, Converse and Vans, to name a few!), but the pricing at Rack Room Shoes simply cannot be beat. Rack Room has a great “Buy One, Get One 50% Off” promotion that allows you to buy any pair of shoes and get any second pair half off. Combine that with their rewards program where for every $200 you spend you receive a $15 gift certificate to use on your your next purchase and you have quite possibly found back-to-school shopping heaven.

All about style

My son is still young enough that he isn’t really locked into one specific style yet. Some days he is sporty, some days he is preppy, some days he is everyday casual and some days he fashions what I like to call “I dressed myself while I was still asleep in the dark.” With the many options available at Rack Room Shoes we try to find a pair that will suit all his styles, as well as meet the requirements for all his activities during school hours.

Converse from Rack Room Shoes

After checking out all the fabulous styles, for this school year he decided on the super-trendy Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars. With their classic style, great support and rubber closed-toe comfort, he couldn’t have picked a better option for going back to school. After surveying the selection of colors he ultimately landed on the navy, which perfectly matches all his style needs.

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Back-to-School Style for Boys

Everyday Casual: Shirt | Shorts | Shoes

First Day of School Style for Boys

Preppy: Shirt | Pullover | Pants | Shoes

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Sporty: Tee | Hooded Sweatshirt | Gym Shorts | Shoes

A pair for him, a pair for her

Not to be left out, little sis wanted to match big brother and be part of the back-to-school fun, too! Again, with the BOGO offer from Rack Room Shoes, this was a no brainer. She picked out the Toddler Converse All Stars in pink and they are just as versatile as her brother’s.

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With Rack Room Shoes, I love knowing that I am able to stylishly shop for all our children in one spot… and without breaking the bank along the way. I am able to concentrate on making that first day of school special for each individual child and can sit back and enjoy watching them figure out which pair of shoes excites their own personal style. Rack Room Shoes makes the back-to-school shopping experience simply fun for everyone.

Helping others when you shop

Giving Back with Rack Room Shoes Shoes That Fit Campaign

This year, for back-to-school, Rack Room Shoes is raising funds for families in need through their Shoes That Fit campaign. You can donate easily when you check out online on Rack Room Shoes or in any Rack Room Shoes store location and 100 percent of the funds donation go back into the communities where they are donated with the help of local liaisons who identify children needing new shoes. To make it even sweeter, Rack Room Shoes has committed to matching all donations made, up to $300,000!

What back-to-school brand or style of shoes does your child prefer?

This post was sponsored. All opinions are my own.

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7 Savvy Sassy Kids Picks

7 Savvy Sassy Kids Picks by andreafellman on Polyvore

1.  Dessert Art Print Set $38.00 Do you have a little girl with a sweet tooth? This 4 piece wall art set will look so cute in any little girls room.  I love the modern design and bold colors.  You can display and frame them together or individually depending on your wall space.  These would look cute in a bathroom too.

2.  UNIQLO Puffer Vest $29.90  If you are not familiar with the new store UNIQLO, then allow me to introduce you.  UNIQLO stores are popping up in all the big cities and it’s like a Japanese version of H & M but the look is a bit more casual.  The prices are very reasonable and they carry a very chic little kids line.  I am digging this puffer jacket for boys they have in stores now.

3.  Minnetonka Back Flap Bootie  $19.95  The classic Minnetonka Moccisans always seem to go in and out of style but for adults but not for babies.  These little booties always look cute on small feet. They also make a great inexpensive baby gift.  They come in brown, tan and this adorable pink.

4.  Girls Trench Coat $25.00  A little girl in a trench coat could not be cuter.  This polk-a-dot trench from Target is perfectly priced and will look great with her new fall boots.

5.  Kid Made Modern Shimmer Paint $17.99 Most kids loves to do art projects and this shimmer paint will certainly put a little more shine on your next project.  Art project supplies are also my go to Birthday present items because every kid can always use more craft paint, glitter or glue!

6.  babyGap Chambray Pocket Shirt $24.95 The denim shirt is a must have item for the entire family this Fall. This baby chambray shirt is super cute and is perfect for layering up as the weather gets chilly.  The inside is lined with jersey cotton which makes this even more comfortable on your little ones skin.

7.  Chevron Pop Up Tote $19.00  Pop up totes come in handy in almost every room in the house. Use these in your kids rooms for small toys, books, stuffed animals or even socks and shoes at the bottom of a closet.  You can also use these in the kitchen, hallway closet, bathroom or homework station.

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We love scouting for the coolest baby gear, kids clothing, toys and room decor, so this week we are bringing you our seven savvy sassy kids picks. We know all moms love to score a savvy deal on cute items but sometimes we let ourselves splurge on some of those hard to resist items too. We can always find a way to justify things for our kids!  Here are a few items that caught our eye this week…

7 Kids Picks

1.  Juicy Leopard Print Bootie, $68 These booties are to die for. Yes we know they are a splurge but imagine the pictures of your little fashionista in these booties and the comments you’ll get from strangers 😉

2.  babyGap Blue Leggings $8 {sale)  Every baby needs some comfortable lounge pants and we’d stock up on these in every color and size.  A perfect daily playdate pant.

3. Beaba babycook Pro, $150 Making your own baby food is not just a fad or trend, it’s the healthy and natural choice for many parents.  Starting your baby off with only the best is a no brainer.

4. Carter’s Heart Dress, $13 We cannot believe the price on this adorable heart dress by Carter’s. In fact, the carters brand has definitely stepped it up a notch in the style department and we’ve taken notice.

5. Gold Glitter Shoes $100  Now these might just look like play shoes, but these fashionable shoes go well beyond the the princess gowns. Trendy tots can pull off glitter shoes year round and look adorable no matter what they are wearing.

6. Gap Raincoat $36 {sale}  Every kid needs a rain coat and we love the classic yellow raincoat especially with navy accents.  Nothing is cuter than kids splashing in rain puddles.

7. Heart Pillow $38 {sale} When they graduate to a big kid bed, they’ll need lots of fun pillows to decorate with.  Remember to mix and match different patterns, shapes and sizes for a fun playful look.

Which is your favorite kids pick?
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Calling all little global citizens!

The latest Tea Collection has arrived and it is taking us to China!  For the latest Fall/Winter collection the Tea design team flew East and took a deep cultural dive into the sights and sounds of China. While there they discovered ancient crafts that pulsed with a modern spirit, saw new artwork that both honored and tweaked 4,000 years of tradition, found charm in quiet alleys just off chaotic city streets, and felt the energy of 1.3 billion people grabbing the modern future with both hands.

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Emily Meyer is the co-founder and chief creative director for Tea Collection and every season she takes us on a world adventure through children’s clothing.  Which why I am a huge fan. No other children’s brand is quite like Tea Collection, the clothing has a rich point of view and shares an adventure with the customer. To some, they may just be kids clothing but I see the clothing and the brand as an inspiring way to teach kids about culture and explore the globe.

We were lucky enough to have Emily share her Fall Trends for Kids with us!

Fall Fashion Trends For Kids

1. Layers are great for added warmth and to mix and match pops of color. I like a lightweight Patagonia vest for my little guy during those in-between weather days…and a fun cardigan for my little girl.

2. For girls, graphic leggings are my new obsession for adding a punch to our brightly colored dresses. The possibilities with leggings are endless…

3. Cool graphic tees…every kiddo needs a graphic tee to express their personality. Whether it’s a beautiful butterfly or a rockin’ super panda!

4. Accessorize! Allow kids to freely pick and choose what shoes, socks, belt, hat, necklace, etc. to go with their outfit. You’ll be surprised at how creative they are and how much fun they’ll have in the process.

5. Comfort – sure you may want little ones to be stylin’ on the playground but not at the expense of comfort. Choose an ergonomically designed backpack to protect their wee backs (my fave is from Herschel). Add some kicky sneaks and a cozy French terry hoodie and they are good to go.

6. Think outside the box – little girls can borrow their big brother’s button down to wear as a shirtdress/tunic. And, we constantly hear of moms stretching the lifespan of our dresses by pairing with skinny jeans and wearing dresses as tunics as their girls grow taller!

 

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We can’t say enough about this latest collection because the style and quality speaks for itself. I always think that it can never get any more adorable…until the next collection comes out and it always surpasses the adorable meter from the collection before it.

You can learn more about her trip and the inspiration behind the Urban China and shop the Fall/Winter 2013 collection here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mini Melissa Furadinha Maryjanes

If you are not familiar with the Mini Melissa shoes for tots, then allow me to introduce you in the get super duper cuteness that is Mini Melissa shoes.  I myself, discovered Mini Melissa shoes just this past summer when I spotted these adorable Mini Melissa Furadinha Maryjanes ($50). Adorable right?  Melissa shoes are not just for kids, in fact, this Brazilian based company has been making fashionable plastic shoes for women long before the Mini Melissa shoes came along. Melissa Shoes are made from MELFLEX plastic, a patented, hypo-allergenic, recyclable, and extremely flexible PVC.

Mini Melissa Ultragirl II Kitty

Now I am dying over the Mini Melissa II Kitty Shoe ($50) and they come in pink, black and grey. $50.00

Mini Melissa Minnie Peep Toe Ballet Flat

And just like any hot trend comes a fashionable collaboration. Mini Melissa has teamed up with Disney to make an adorable ballet flat for girls inspired by Minnie Mouse! Mini Melissa Ultra Girl Minnie Peep Toe Ballet Flat ($85). You can buy these exclusively at Nordstrom’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Mini Melissa Zig Zag Glitter Mary Jane Ballet Flats

Wait, there’s one more!  The Mini Melissa Zig Zag Glitter Flat ($45) Perfect for any stylish princess heading of to preschool this fall.

Grab your wallet and Shop Melissa Online.

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Headed to Chicago for BlogHer 2013? Bring your comfy shoes, extra cash and schedule time for shopping. Serious shopping. Hitting the infamous Michigan Avenue is a must and designer haven with fabulous retailers like Gap, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, H&M, Cole Haan and more….

Where you’ll really experience Chicago’s premiere shopping is in our quaint neighborhoods, just a short taxi ride from downtown. Amazing boutiques line the streets in Old Town and Lincoln Park – a savvy shopper’s paradise, whose shop owners take great pride in curating national, local and up and coming designers.

Be adventurous and venture off the beaten path to a few of my favorite shops. Short on time? Our friends at Hailo Taxi are ready to get you there in minutes. Use code SUMMERCHI for $10 off your first ride!

Sassy Moms Shop…..

Langford Market: 851 W Armitage Ave 77.327.9815

A national retailer with a boutique vibe, Langford Market offers trendy, one –of-a-kind clothing and accessories under $100. They only order six of each piece, so items rotate quickly with new shipments weekly. Filled with bright colors, fun, flirty and eye catching prints, there is something for everyone. Weekly promotions are ridiculous offering buy 2 items get 2 FREE! Say what? Yes you can walk out with four new dresses and only pay for two. Sign up for their in-store VIP program and receive member only promotions delivered to your inbox.

Disclosure: I’m so obsessed with Langford they agreed to dress me for a few BlogHer events. Follow me on Instagram @SassyMomChicago to see what I’ll be wearing.

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Handle with Care

1706 N. Wells Street 312.751.2929

Once of Old Town’s most popular boutiques for contemporary clothing and accessories, Handle with Care features new, up and coming designers, great denim, jewelry, handbags and gifts. Just a few clothing lines are Smythe, Alice and Olivia Camilla and Marc, KLD Signature (my go-to for trendy dresses), Free People, J Brand (best fitting skinny jeans), Rebecca Taylor, Michael Stars, Paige Denim, Nanette Lepore. You’ll find everything from going out to staying in: causal, day, night, evening, work.

Shop 857

857 West Armitage 773.525.1180

Kelli Kincaid opened Shop 857 to bring her love of New York fashion to Chicago. Find unique clothing from national and up and coming designers including Parker, Joie, Rory Beca, Addison, Amanda Uprichard and Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow.

Lori’s Shoes

24 W Armitage Ave 773.281.5655

Shop owner Lori takes shoes very seriously and spends a significant amount of time curating her collection of shoes, boots, bags and accessories shopping the markets in New York, Chicago and L.A., Paris, Florence and Milan. If you love shoes make the quick trip to Armitage, it’s worth it. Plus there are always amazing sales!

Pretty Quick

My go-to resource for booking last minute beauty appointments like manis, pedis, blow out, massages and more. How does it work? Simply tell Pretty Quick what beauty service you’re looking for and they’ll alert the best Chicago salons & spas. Think of PrettyQuick.com as your personal beauty concierge!

Visiting Chicago? Use code summerchi to enjoy $10 off any salon or spa appointment!

Sassy Kids Shops….
Zara Kids

700 N Michigan Ave 312.255.8123

Zara Kids has Über hip clothes for your mini fashionista. Sure you can shop online, but pop in while you’re cruising Michigan Avenue.

Spoil Me Kidz Boutique

2nd floor of Water Tower Place 835 N. Michigan Ave 312.448.8128

Spil Me Kidz is a kids place with the coolest selection of clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, books and many more great stuff for boys 0-10 and girls 0-14.

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Psycho Baby

1657 West Division Street 773.772.2267

Psycho Baby is your one-stop shop for cool, crazy kids’ stuff! Specializing in bringing the world the coolest personalized clothing & gifts, ages birth to hip adult. Want a rockin’ onsie or hip t-shirt for your stylin’ kid? This is the place to shop.

Madison and Friends

43 Oak Street 312.642.6403

Madison and Friends has been a long time hot spot for celebrity parents visiting Chicago to score some of the hottest designer kids clothing. Another added bonus? Moms can shop at The Denim Lounge, located upstairs, for favorite brands including: J Brand, 7 For All Mankind, Appaman, Aviator Nation, Ella Moss and Splendid.

 

About our City Gem Author

indexAn award-winning Certified Meeting Planner, Alison has over fourteen years experience as a professional meeting & event planner and eight years as the CEO of Metropolitan Marketing & Event Group and now So Chic Media. As the Managing Editor of Sassy Moms in the City, Alison has been featured in Chicago Baby Magazine, named “The Sassiest Mom” by TCW Magazine, Oprah LifeClass Blogger and 2011 CBS Chicago Most Valuable Blogger Nominee. Producing sold out events with 50-600 influential women in attendance at each event, Sassy Moms in the City/So Chic Media has raised over $40,000 for charity partners.

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I have three daughters who love fashion. My daughters also love art, dance, music, and finding new ways each day to creatively express themselves.

I do everything that I can to give them the freedom of creative expression – through art projects, snow forts, new recipes in the kitchen, making up songs and plays, and never telling them that stripes will never go with checks when they come downstairs in the latest mismatched outfit.

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Because when it comes to kids and creativity – there are no wrong answers.

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So today I’m thrilled to tell you about Polkadot What. At Polkadot What – kids can create what they want. Polkadot What makes leggings that your child gets to create and then express their individual personalities through their own interactive designs.

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The goal of Polkadot What is to make clothing that is fun, stylish, comfortable and bold, while inspiring the empowering our kids through creativity and design.

And I think she’s pretty happy about her choices…
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Here’s how it works:

Bring out the designer in you in a simple three-step process.

STEP 1: Choose the collection and size.

STEP 2: Click on which print or color you like from the first column as your “1st leg” and then click on which print or color you like from the 2nd column as your 2nd leg. All shapes or colors represent a personality type. Choose according to which best represents you!

STEP 3: Your legging combination is complete! Check out your creation in the main box and suggestions on how to style up your leggings!

The results – happiness!

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A few more things you need to know about Polkadot What

*All leggings are proudly made in the USA
*The leggings come in sizes for girls ages 2-10
*You can buy them online at www.polkadotwhat.com
*Polkdadot What proudly gives back – for every creation and purchase, $1 will be donated to The Lunchbox Fund – a non-profit organization that provides daily nutritious lunches to school children in South Africa.

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And now – just for our a Savvy Sassy Mom readers. Polkdadot What discount codes for you so now your child can create, inspire, express herself and help others.

PDW-SAVVY-10 – 10% off stripes
PDW-SAVVY-15 – 15% off capris

*Codes are valid until March 31, 2013
**For international customers, please note that the 2 pairs or more free shipping offer applies to US only. 

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For more information please also check out Polkadot What on Facebook and Twitter!

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Spring is right around the corner, and asides from the (hopefully) beautiful weather, flowers blooming, and April showers comes a host of new trends for kids that I can’t wait to try on my little lady. So what’s hot this spring, you ask?

1. Whimsical pieces – Anything that makes you reminisce about your childhood or makes you go “awww” is very in right now. Think applique birds (like on this too cute for words Boden Applique Pinnie), hot air balloons, and funny faces. This trend is perfect for either gender and oh-so-adorable for Mom.

2. Preppy – Come on, what’s cuter than a little boy in a tie? Not much, that’s what. And this J. Crew gingham version in bright and spring-y colors is just perfect for Easter and beyond.

3. Pastel –These See Kai Run Midori shoes just scream spring and are right on the pastels trend. Think soft, think pretty. And pastels aren’t just for girls anymore, either. Both boys and girls can rock the rainbow of lavender, mint, yellow, baby blue, and yes, even pink!

4. Lace – Romantic lace is back in vogue in children’s fashions this spring. Little ladies will love playing tea in the plethora of lace dresses soon to hit the stores like this lovely frock from Zunie. And don’t limit yourself to just dresses. Lace tops, skirts, and even pants are soon to be at a retailer near you.

5. Stripes – Stripes are one of those ubiquitous spring trends that just keeps coming back year after year. Perhaps it’s the nod to the nautical, the French, or none of the above. Either way, they’re très chic. Something like this Seersucker Blazer from Children’s Place hits two trends at once – stripes and blazers for kids. Talk about two for the price of one!

6. Neon – Spring’s motto may as well be the brighter, the better. Neon is hot hot hot right now in both adult and kids fashions. These unisex fluorescent yellow Gap Neon Skinny Jeans are right on point and perfect for the season. (And a secret benefit: they’ll make finding your kid in a crowd a breeze.) And since Gap carries the same neon jeans in adult sizes, moms can match too!

7. Floral – Floral prints are huge this spring for both big girls and little girls alike — and even boys! From retro, to modern, everything’s coming up flowers. I particularly love this fanciful J.Crew Pull-on Pleated Skirt, and hopefully it’s like mother, like daughter in this case!

So what do you think of all the new spring trends in kids fashion this year? Are you dying to try any particular style on your tots? Let us know!

 

 

 

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