Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fashion: Kids Corner; Lisa Haynes on How to Make Savvy Winter Dressing Child's Play

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fashion: Kids Corner; Lisa Haynes on How to Make Savvy Winter Dressing Child's Play

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Byline: Lisa Haynes

KIDS aren't exactly economical to dress.

They can outgrow new clothes before you've so much as put them on the spin cycle, let alone survive the fashion season.

But you can dress your little darlings in the latest trends if you're savvy with their wardrobe buys.

"Look for items that can be worn in a variety of ways to create an individual look every time," advises Zoe Woolls, design manager at Mamas & Papas. "Go for key items that can be layered up like jeans, chunky knits, jersey tops, smock tops for girls and grandad shirts for boys."

Consider cost per wear, too, when you're shelling out for children's staple buys.

"Our winters seem to last a lot longer than February so buying a well-cut winter jacket could last up to six months depending on the growth rate of the child," Zoe says.

"If he or she wears it every other day it becomes an absolute value buy."

BOYS

THIS season is all about the preppy look. If he's more of a rebel, turn to the tougher rock trend.

"Think grandad cardigans, jeans with braces, rolled-up sleeves on tees or shirts and lined chunky knits as an alternative to outerwear," Zoe says. "For boys this season, it's all about the English eccentric traditions of paisley, checks of all varieties, linear florals and small geometric prints. It's very dapper and dandy."

Boy-friendly shades include greys, autumnal greens and spicy shades like ambers and mustards, to scarlet red.

GIRLS

CATWALK trends from big name designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy and Gucci have had a huge influence on girlswear this season - think hippy-chic folk and lacy goth with a girly twist.

"Key pieces this season include two-in-one dresses, delicate artists smocks and chic fur gilets which have seen a huge return on the high street this season," Zoe says. …

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