Archive for September, 2012

Kids Winter 2012 Accessories Guide

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Active, adventure-loving kids want to look good as well as keeping comfortable and parents can make sure their adventurous offspring wrap up warm while keeping their cool this winter thanks to the vast range of fun, funky and winter accessories on the market this year.

Whether they are heading off for some serious skiing or snowboarding action on the pistes of Europe or just tobogganing down the nearest hill, the kids can let their wild side run free while dressed in a hip range of hoodies, beanies, gloves, scarves and jackets that protect against the harsh elements while keeping your kids` reputations as stylish, sporty young things perfectly intact.

Brands such as Billabong, Quiksilver and Animal are best known for their hip, fresh approach to surf wear, but these and other surfwear labels are still favourites with stylish, sporty kids even when the weather is more about wrapping up against the cold than chilling on the beach. Even the simple beanie hat gets a cool makeover with Animal`s winter accessories range – kids can be cool and cosy at the same time in wool knit beanies with the distinctive Animal logo. There are bobble beanies in contrasting colours and beanies with chin straps to make sure they don`t fall off, even if the wearer takes a tumble off a sledge or snowboard.

Surf brand gloves will keep kids` hands warm and cosy without losing them any vital `cool` points either in the playground or on the slopes, while this year there are some cool hats to choose from – for example, Animal`s range of boys `Aviator` hats with ear flaps are fun to wear, in bright colours and mock-animal fur, while the girls` range, with its emphasis on hot pinks and cool blues, is fresh and feminine but also cool and sassy. The ear muffs and Tibetan-style hat with ear flaps are huge hits with funky young girls everywhere, while the range of cute backpacks is the ideal place for storing extra layers when not being worn.

Both boys and girls can look good throughout the winter months with surf wear brands` range of comfy, laid-back hoodies, whose distinctive design and prominent branding are popular with sporty kids of both genders. For extra cosy heat, many brands have this year developed a range of hoodies with fake fur lining and can be teamed with summer tees to take the wardrobe from warmer weather right up to the depths of winter.

Surf wear clothing and accessories appeal to the type of sassy, street savvy youngster that isn`t afraid of a bit of rough and tumble and the girls and boys that make a beeline for this funky clothing range know that looking good is nothing if the clothes won`t allow you to get stuck into some serious adventure sports. For this reason, Animal surf clothing and winter accessories are built to withstand active wear and tear and can take on whatever the weather throws at them. Come rain, snow, sleet or shine, one thing`s for sure – your kids will be happy as long as they are dressed for the weather and looking good.

Kids Autumn – Winter 2012 Style Guide

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Kids are becoming more fashion-minded with each generation. Teens and tweens alike want to choose their own clothing. They also track what celebrities are wearing and expect their winter wardrobes to match the latest trends. Keeping track of the themes of clothing for kids will help you pick fall and winter outfits that will delight your children. Look for pieces that fit into at least one of the categories below. Items that fall into two or more categories will be guaranteed winners with your kids during the cooler seasons of 2012.


Both boys and girls will need brightly colored separates to stand out from the crowd at school. Girls will look great in colored denim. Skinny jeans are still in for this fall, but they are showing up in shades of bright green and purple rather than the dark wash of the last few years. Denim skirts are also seeing a return to exciting colors. Space-dyeing, a more exciting version of tie-dyeing, will also be seen on all of the most fashionable kids this winter. Boys can look great by picking t-shirts and rugby shirts in bright and solid colors.

Classic Shirts

While adults are seeing a return to military styles for the fall and winter, kids are choosing collegiate classics. Boys will be seen in rugby and polo shirts of all configurations. You can pair a short-sleeved shirt with a basic henley for a layered look, or go for the long-sleeved variation for warmth and style. Cargo pants are being replaced with cadet pants, which are more fitted and free from large side pockets. Girls can stay warm without ruining their stylishness by picking a modern cardigan. This year`s cardigans feature sparkling details like embroidery or a light
touch of sequins.

Staying Cozy

Bulky winter jackets are being skipped by teens who want to look cool while staying warm. Hoodies, especially those with bright graphic prints, are at the height of fashion once again. Fitted designs with eye-catching details are more popular than the shapeless and baggy hoodies favored by some retailers. The best hoodies for this winter will feature a thick insulating layer of fleece to keep your kids warm on chilly days.

A Touch Of The West

Both kids and adults are seeing an influx of Southwestern style for this fall and winter. Kids can embrace this trend by picking shirts with a cowboy flair. Look for Western button-up shirts for boys, but avoid oversized flannel. Girls can pick boots or vests with a touch of beading and tassels to bring the Old West to their school. You can find plenty of great options from retailers like James Jeans and other kids` clothing manufacturers.