Emerald City: Kids’ Fashion in the Color of Spring!

Spring is sprouting up everywhere! By Angela Velasquez

With Spring around the corner, there’s no better time than now to enjoy the 2013 Color of the Year: Pantone 17-5641, also known as Emerald. Lively, radiant and lush with feel-good springtime vibes, the color was chosen for its association with growth, prosperity, clarity and renewal.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explains, “Green is the most abundant hue in nature—the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum.” And now, thanks to a treasure trove of rich emerald-hued children’s apparel and accessories, you’ll be seeing it a lot more in your favorite stores.

From sporty to preppy, green compliments a range of must-have spring trends. Whereas previous Colors of the Year skewed towards ultra-girly shades of pink and coral, this time both boys and girls can refresh their wardrobes with a pop of this gem of a hue.

Here are some trendy, easy-to-create looks with items that your tots may already have in their closets.


Varsity Rules

Every boy needs his lucky team t-shirt, but on days that call for something a little more tailored, collegiate-inspired layers with sporty stripes and preppy green plaids polish up an otherwise simple and easy casual look.

Captions: Old Navy cap, Tee and shorts by Gap, Andy & Evan cardigan, legwarmers by BabyLegs (Yellow & Green BL12-0147).






Palm Beach Girl

Green and pink smacks of classic Palm Beach preppy. The go-to spring trend allows little girls to indulge in their favorite things including bows, flowers, frills, and pink—while offering an easy look for moms to replicate for an adorable “Mommy and Me“ look.

Captions: J. Crew tank top, Pants and straw tote by Gymboree, BabyLegs armwarmers (Desert Rose BL12-615).





Color My World

Women’s designers have long been obsessed with color blocking.  It’s a look that is as bright and vibrant as a well-kept box of Crayola crayons and comes to life in childrenswear. Pair green with shades of blue to create a look as cool and crisp as a springtime breeze.

Boys captions: J. Crew sweater, Gap pants, socks by BabyLegs (Philip BS13-0199).

Girls captions: Cherokee sweater, J. Crew purse, legwarmers by BabyLegs (William BL13-0197)


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the writer.


About the Author:

Angela Velasquez

With 4 years of experience as a children’s stylist and magazine editor, Angela brings you an insider’s perspective on trends and seasonal looks that will make babies and toddlers shine in their holiday photos and at birthday parties!  Angela also has a way of making everyday clothes and accessories look special — she’ll show you how.

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