Fashion Friday: Clothes that look on the bright side of life

Don’t let the Fashion Police know I said this, but fashion can be pretty ridiculous. It can be absurd, extravagant and just plain silly and in the big scheme of things—especially when there are much more important and disconcerting headlines making news—trends are nothing but a blip in pop culture history.But fashion sure is fun, and on days or weeks when you need a little lift-me-up, a bright frock or a cheery accessory can add pep to your step. Here are some happy style tips for kids because smiles never fall out of fashion.

SayCheeseSay Cheese

According to Robert R. Provine, the author of Laughter: A Scientific Investigation, babies tend to begin smiling between 3 and 4 months and thanks to grinning pacifiers and tween-friendly accessories, a lifetime of smiles is promised. Smiley faces might make you feel old—chances are, you wore them as a kid—but that friendly yellow face is as warm and comforting as an old friend.

BooginHead pacifier, pillow from Justice, Charm It! by High IntenCity bracelet

 

 

 

Walk the TalkWalk the Talk

Send good vibes out into the world with statement-making T-shirts decked out with positive messages and confidence-building sayings. It is the fashionable way to pay it forward and as Oprah Winfrey once said, “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”

Tiny Revolutionary tee, Speak Nicely long-sleeve T-shirt, The Proper T Project shirt with lettuce hem

Sign Language

The peace sign, which first appeared in 1958, is as ingrained in kids’ fashion as hippie-style denim and funky tie-dye, but its message for harmony remains the same for Generation Z. The simple and bold symbol speaks volumes and becomes fashion-friendly in vibrant colors for girls and sweet designs for the tiniest peacemaker.

Sign Language

Target pajama set, Wildkin backpack, Target one-piece


Heart to HeartHeart to Heart

Designers agree: Love is all you need. Doodled on notebooks and carved into trees the world over, the symbol of love warms up the heart and is a subtle reminder of what makes the world go round. Kids can show their love with just about everything from cozy heart print sweaters and accessories to retro-inspired heart-shaped sunglasses.

crewcuts by J. Crew sweater, BabyLegs legwarmers, Children’s Place sunglasses

 

 

 

 

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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.

Fashion Friday: A New Era of Wardrobe Staples

 

Spring-cleaning is in full bloom. Now is a perfect time to rid your kid’s closet of too small, worn out, chocolate milk-stained clothes—except for those sentimental pieces, of course—and replenish with new colors, the latest silhouettes and trendy accoutrements. Just like your own closet, quality basics are needed to create the foundation for children’s impeccably cute wardrobe, but contrary to what you may believe about investment pieces, it is easy to restock and refresh on the cheap. Savvy moms will enjoy the newest pack of versatile wardrobe builders that will outlast the season and the life expectancy of most trends. Remember these simple rules on your next spring shopping spree.

 

 

 

Windbreakers are to kids as trench coats are to moms.

The name might conjure up horrible Eighties fashion, but light weight packable windbreakers are a go-to item for chilly mornings at the school bus stop and rainy day trips to the movies. An old-school elbow patch helps to tailor the athletic style and smarten up the look in the style of the trench, while the tech-y fabric excels at soaking up hot hues.

Hooded Jacket by OshKosh B'Gosh

Hooded Jacket by OshKosh B’Gosh

 

Layered Skirt by Mim-pi

Layered Skirt by Mim-pi

Tutus are to kids as little black dresses are to moms.

Moms know how the LBD takes the guesswork out of dressing up for a special occasion, and tutu skirts for girls does the same—plus add fairy-like fantasies to a gal’s day. From birthday parties and communions to kindergarten graduation ceremonies and weddings, tulle skirts pack a fancy punch for a myriad of events and even looks cute with a casual tee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twofers are to kids as twin sets are to moms. 

The look might be less prep school chic and more skater boy, but twofers serve the same purpose as their more genial counterpart: options! The layered style is a mainstay in kids’ fashion. However, on extra warm day a wiser option is to fake the look by pairing arm warmers with a cotton tee. By midday, toss the warmers in the diaper bag.

T-shirt by Zutano. BabyLegs Jolly Jack

T-shirt by Zutano. BabyLegs Jolly Jack

 

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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.