3 Spring Style Trends for Kids & Babies
Post by Kelly Dowdy, Co-Owner and Buyer at English Rabbit
Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to start packing away your children’s heavy jackets and sweaters, and start integrating fun spring pieces to carry them through to summer. It’s also a great time to update your children’s sizes, since kids actually tend to grow a bit faster in the spring.
Once you finish your spring clothes-overhaul, you’ll want to start thinking about adding some spring staples and trendy pieces to complete your child’s wardrobe. From stylish neutrals to bright, fun pops of neon, the springtime trends are all about self-expression, a comfortable fit, and fashionable fun. At English Rabbit, one of our favorite spring style trends is clothing and accessories that can extend from mommy to mini.
This hot springtime trend was recently highlighted by Elle in this feature story, which included English Rabbit. The article discussed how designer labels are catering to a whole new generation of parents wanting to dress their kids as they do themselves. Here at English Rabbit, we adore this trend, and have captured similar silhouettes and embellishments that help bridge the gap between kids and their grown-ups. From sweatshirts with shoulder pads to high-waisted mom jeans, we can’t get enough of this fashionable spring trend.
Check out our picks for the top three spring styles for kids and babies. We can’t wait to watch your minis' style bloom this spring!
Neutrals have become a style staple at English Rabbit across the board. Neutrals are a strong trend in womenswear and moms like to coordinate with their kids within that same color palette. I also do a lot of neutral gifting for families that aren’t finding out the gender of their baby prior to giving birth. Sometimes, I think this is a way for expecting moms to ensure that their baby’s wardrobe sticks to this trend. MarMar does a great job with their infant neutral layette and dresses. In addition to infant, we have a number of shoes, tees, basics, dresses, sweatsuits and accessories in these neutral tones. I think kids want to dress like their parents, and are appreciating the quality, soft fabrics, and silhouettes in these styles, so we sell a great deal of high-quality neutrals to meet this need.
Pops of Neon
Neon is definitely still having a moment again this spring! Fun pops of it complete a look and make it more edgy and playful. I actually like a little AND a lot of this trend. Sneakers, sandals, bags, and sunglasses are a nice, subtle pop to a look. I also like a neon jacket, sweatshirt, or swimsuit that can be seen across the pool or park, making a stronger fashion statement, and showing you’re here to have FUN. Some of my favorite pieces of neon right now are Birkenstocks, Sons + Daughters sunglasses, and Moncler jackets.
Just Like Mama
Matching mama is a huge trend, and is offered in many different options at English Rabbit. Exact matching or twinning styles are popular in brands like Golden Goose, Comme des Garcons, Monrow and even pajamas from Marie-Chantal, all of which we carry for mama (and dada) and child in store. Matching fabrics, but in different silhouettes, is one way to do it. Brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Zimmermann and Louis Louise really do it right. They use identical prints on fabrics and styles that are appropriate for both generations. The tween market is where you’ll see trends like mama, but in styles and brands that are just for kids. These trends include mom jeans, oversized blazers, shoulder pads, biker shorts, and layered gold jewelry.
Meet the Stylist
As co-owner and buyer at Beverly Hills-based luxury children’s boutique English Rabbit, Kelly Dowdy brings her extensive knowledge of the fashion industry to the children’s market. She has been buying since 2001 and styling for children specifically since moving to Los Angeles in 2008. Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied business and marketing of fashion. She then went on to work in the fashion industry in both New York and Los Angeles as a buyer and planner for companies such as Calvin Klein and French Connection. Now, as a resident of Los Angeles, Kelly understands both the customer and the market, and strives to bring the right products to the right part of town.