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Spring 2014 Trends in Kids’ Fashion

Even though it hasn’t felt much like spring lately… spring is on its way! The snow will soon melt and that icky brown grass will become green again. Everything feels new and fresh in spring – including the clothing. Are you ready to shed those bulky coats your kids have been wearing and replace the boots and snowpants for pretty pastel dresses and brightly colored short-sleeved tops?

Here is a round-up of spring fashion appearing in the malls this season. There are several clear trends in children’s clothing for spring 2014, and whether you’re shopping at Jordan Creek, Merle Hay, Southridge, or Valley West Mall, you’ll find cute clothing for your kids as the weather warms up. The pieces below were found at Gap, CrewCuts, and Crazy8.

For girls, the biggest “new” trend in fashion is the one-piece romper. Rompers have been an emerging trend for the past couple years, but are now very mainstream, and you’ll find them all over. High contrast stripes are also something you’ll see everywhere for both boys and girls, and they look fun paired with the pretty pastels out right now, too. Pretty pastels are perfect for Easter!

Shop the looks: hot pink romper, bow romper, floral swimsuit, embroidered shorts, striped skirt, striped cardigan, pink ruffle tunic, pink organdy dress

For boys, you’ll also see high contrast stripes and bright (hello, neon) pants and shorts. Floral prints are also making their way into boys’ fashion. Wouldn’t this floral tie look great for Easter?

Shop the looks: blue shorts, orange jeans, green board shorts, striped sweatshirt, floral tie

Last year I made an entire Spring Collection of clothes for my girls and hardly purchased any clothes for them. I love to sew and create my own styles. But this year I have a bit less time, so I’ll be shopping the trends and pairing store-bought pieces with items I’ve sewn. Here are a few of my favorite places to shop for spring sewing patterns: Violette Field Threads, Ruby Jean’s Closet, and, if you love to sew modern fashion for your kids, be on the lookout for the premiere collection of Willow & Co. patterns in April (I’m one of these designers for this pattern company and the Spring Collection will be killer!).

Happy spring!


Meet Guest Blogger Elisa from CharmingDoodle.com

Elisa Clark headshotElisa lives in the Des Moines area where she designs children’s clothing patterns and blogs about all things DIY on her website, Charming Doodle. Most of the time you can find her coaching creative entrepreneurs on how to launch their business, or she is working on a house remodeling project, decorating, or sewing unique clothing for her four small children. Visit her site for ideas and inspiration on how to Sharpen Your Craft, as well as to purchase her newest sewing pattern (the Knight Hoodie) and her soon-to-be-launched Spring Collection with Willow & Co.

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