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With the weather heating up, it’s time to pull out the spring/summer wardrobe for your kids. They have likely outgrown some of their clothes from last season, so a shopping trip may be in order. Spring 2015 has a slew of fashion trends but not all of them translate into children’s wear. Joni Fields, Owner of Joonbugz clothing boutique in Brighton, shares tips and trends that you can keep in mind while shopping for your child’s spring/summer wardrobe. Keep your kids stylish, yet comfy and appropriate throughout the spring.

Joni Fields
121 N. Main St.
Brighton, CO 80601

(303) 654-0523

With a host of new and near new designer clothes for kids, Joonbugz is a great shop in which to find stylish, yet affordable clothing. A popular gem in the Denver metro area, it is located in historic Brighton. The shop itself is well organized, and it’s easy to find what you are looking for. With bright and welcoming displays, you can quickly pull together the perfect outfit. Whether you want to consign gently used clothing that your child has outgrown or want to find something new, you can find it here. Joonbugz has appeared consistently on “Best Lists” from various publications. Its friendly staff and great selection keep customers coming back.

Nautical Style Is All The Rage

Boat shoes and other nautical inspired styles have turned up in many adult collections for spring and they are popular in kids’ clothing as well. Fields says, “The nautical look for boys and girls is also going to be popular again this year. Designers like Crewcuts, Ralph Lauren, Janie & Jack & Hanna Andersson are all offering nautical styles in their spring lines.” Incorporate this style into your child’s wardrobe with fun nautical stripes, boat themed t-shirts and boat shoes, which are easy to slip on and off but still look polished enough for school.

Start With The Basics

Shopping for kids can get expensive. To effectively manage the potential strain on your wallet, it helps to buy a few pieces at a time. Fields recommends starting out with staples that can be incorporated into what your children already have in their closet. “You can’t go wrong with  a pair of jean shorts and cargo shorts in green and brown. Then you can interchange them with polo shirts and cotton T-shirts. For girls, staples include a denim skort and shorts, a floral pair of shorts and skirts. Then you can interchange them as well with cute cotton tees that have shabby chic flowers, faux necklaces or stripe patterns.”

Mixing Patterns Is No Longer Taboo

One of the hallmarks of kids’ style is that they tend to wear what they like regardless of the rules. However, mixed prints that have been popular in adult fashion have carried over into children’s wear. “Designers are continuing with fun patterns in clothing for girls and boys. For boys, a solid Polo shirt matched with a striped or fun patterned short or pant is a good choice. Don’t be afraid to match a striped shirt with a plaid pair of shorts.” Mix a bold print with a more muted one for a whimsical style.

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Repurpose Clothing That Doesn’t Fit

Upcycling is all the rage in design these days, including in fashion. Since kids tend to grow out of clothes quickly, it is helpful to have some tailoring skills. That way you can repurpose items from last summer and incorporate them in with newer pieces. States Fields, “You can take fun geometric tops and shabby chic t-shirts that are so trendy this year and pair them with your child’s pants that are now to short but still fit around the waist, making them into shorts or capris. If girls’ dresses from last year still fit around the arms but are too short, they can be used as a summer top, paired with floral shorts or skirts.”

Remember The Accessories

Accessories are a fun and inexpensive way to change up your child’s style. Fields says, “For girls, the new thing is chunky necklaces and bracelets. Fun hair accessories are always popular. For boys, fedora and page boys hats and ties are making a comeback. Geometric ties paired with a polo shirt is an emerging trend.” She also recommends using staples such as a denim jacket and a classic hoodie that your child can wear in the morning when it’s chillier and tie around their waist or shoulders in the afternoon.

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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.