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21 May 2014

Summer Fashion For You And Your Mini Me: 5 Key Pieces For Both Of You

The years when your little ones are happy to wear whatever you pick out for them from the wardrobe that morning are all too quickly over. Soon, they’re as opinionated about their outfits as they are about what they will and won’t eat and which toys they’re happy to share with their brother or sister. But, there are some trends this summer which should keep both mum and even the most ardent little fashionista happy. Here are some of the best pieces this season:

The colourful loafer

Ballet pumps have been the flat of choice for seasons, but the tide seems to be turning in favour of the loafer. Once the preserve of the sloany set, the loafer has had something of a fashion make-over. It’s
the perfect style for wearing with another of this season’s key trends, the turned-up Mom jean. Pink, the must-have hue for last winter, is sticking around well into summer and autumn so this pair of dark pink suede loafers are the ideal shade. For girls, Gucci’s hot pink pair are vibrant but practical. They’ve been given non-slip soles to make sure your little one doesn’t fall over when running around. 

For your mini me: Gucci £210

The tropical print dress

Floral prints are always a summer staple, but this time round many of the big-name designers have gone for a more tropical vibe. Raf Simons at Dior sent his models down the catwalks wearing tropical fauna overlaid with silky black panels while Greek designer Mary Katrantzou offered up kaleidoscopic clashing prints. La Redoute’s tropical stretch twill dress has a similar look for a fraction of the price. It’s also super versatile for summer holidays as you could wear with sandals and a slouchy beach bag during the day or metallic heels and a matching clutch at night. The girls’ maxi dress version is similarly bang-on-trend with its exotic ferns and cute shoe-string straps. 

For your mini me: La Redoute Kids £13

The aviator sunglasses

Sunglasses shapes may come and go with the seasons, but aviators are a classic design with serious staying power. Ray Ban has updated its most popular shape with this gold-framed pair with rose-tinted lenses. They’re ideal for those days when the sun can’t quite decide whether it’s out to stay. Meanwhile, Season’s offers a more robust frame for children and teenagers in the same style. So long as they don’t lose them, your mini me should be able to wear them for a few years of family holidays.

For your mini me: Mini in the Box £27.65

The colour block cover up

Whether you’re staycationing this summer or heading to warmer climes, a cover up to throw on over jeans or shorts is a must. These clever knits combine summer’s trend for colour blocking with the Breton stripes first made fashionable by Coco Channel and favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge as part of her off-duty wardrobe. The red, white and navy jersey jacket from Junior Gaultier is cut like a denim jacket but with a nautical edge. Chinti and Parker have a similar style for grown ups with their colour-block cardigan. The colours are slightly more muted though, combining navy, cream and pink. 

For your mini me: Alexa and Alexa £84

The safe-in-the-sun Fedora

Celebrities like Miranda Kerr, Naomi Watts and Jennifer Aniston are all too aware of the powers of the fedora. Add this hat style to just about any outfit – whether it’s a simple grey vest and jeans, a maxi dress or a white shirt and turned up shorts – and you get that sort of cool, nonchalant, haven’t-tried-to-hard look which sums up what summer is all about. Plus, if you get a hat stylish enough for your little one, perhaps they will actually keep it on while playing in the sun. Anthropologie has given its fedora a little twist with diamond cut out detailing while Carter’s has a ribbon-detail style for even the littlest of little girls. 

For your mini me: Carters £11

Whichever additions to your wardrobe you make this summer, it’s all about having fun with fashion together.

What will you be wearing this summer?

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  1. I am loving the fedoras this year and I got one for the littlest already!

  2. I'm wearing whatever I can fit into! Can't wait for a post-bump shopping spree!xx

  3. Whatever I find in my wardrobe really. Love my daughter in a Fedora though x

  4. I love a good fashion post and there's nothing better than matchy matchy with your little girl :) Very cute! I don't think I'll ever get sick of stripes or aviators (although I can't seem to keep mine on my face - I have to sort of point my face up a bit!)…I'm not sure I'll be spending £210 on a pair of shoes for Gabby any time soon though ;) haha xxx

  5. I'm really like all the tropical dresses this year - big splashes of colour to chase away the spring clouds!

  6. Love the colour block cover ups! I will probably be in maxi dresses a lot this year


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