Many mums in the GCC take dressing their kids very seriously. An extension of their own style statements, some parents spend a lot of time and money making sure their toddlers are on point with the very latest brands and trends.

Such parents will buy the finest and earliest examples of the spring summer 2016 collections, but even for the rest of us, the key trends will influence anything we buy in our high street retails from now until the end of the season. Here’s a look at the key trends that we’ll see in kids clothes over the next two seasons.

As always in fashion karma, many of 2016’s summer themes are evergreen inspirations for summer kids fashions. Florals, polka dots, gingham and brouderie Anglais details for girls are, and always have been, big for girls. Just as denim, stripes and boats always have been summer staples for boys and no less so in warmer months to come.

Club Tropicana

How I love this theme.Bright colures and palm prints rule in this summer’s jungle fever. It’s unisex and heaps of fun. Think coral, Hawaii, greenery, sunsets and exotic birds. The tropical touch is perfect for the beach and our warmer climates.

FantaSEA

An important direction for all ages and genders this summer is the sea, it’s beautiful gardens and exotic creatures. Jelly fish, coral, sea horses and koi carp and other fantastical wildlife make stunning and colourful prints on formal dresses to graphic tees. There’s a very Asian sensibility to the theme this summer, in the palette and water colour painting style.

Wanderlust

A common theme in kids’ prints this Spring and Summer are images that make us think of travel and adventure. Map prints, postcards, cameras, tickets and binoculars conjure dreams of adventure and holiday. What a practical, but fun note to add to your little ones day-to-day play and vacation looks.

Safari

Another adventurous note in kids’ fashion this summer is the safari story. It’s less ‘Out of Africa’ khaki and more fun graphic, hipster safari. Kenzo, Cavalli and Little Marc Jacobs have had some real fun with the ‘Big Five’ animals in their prints and where the designers lead, our high street will follow.

Bright Days

Bright colours will always be relevant in kids fashion and rightfully so. Designs this summer are irreverent, with graffiti references and the colours are nineties acid rave. For sure this is the cool kids first stop this spring. At least you won’t lose them in the park!

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