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Cool coats for cool kids

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Stay warm in style

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. That means all over the country moms are preparing to tell their kids the same thing: "Before you go outside, you have to put on your coat!" This usually is met with grumbles from the kids, but with the hot trends in coats for kids of all ages, they may not object this year.

There are countless coat styles available this season in varying lengths, patterns and materials, so kids everywhere are bound to find something they like. As many parents know, that is half the battle! If your child likes the coat and feels comfortable wearing it, then you won't have to fight with them to put it on every time they want to go outside.

A matter of comfort

Lila Metcalf, mom-preneur and owner of Urban Kidz in Scottsdale, believes that comfort is a huge part of getting kids to wear their coats. She also feels that comfort in itself is a new fashion statement for kids.

Tunic-length jackets and long sweaters are big this season, says Metcalf. This follows suit with the popularity of tunics, and longer shirts and sweaters. Jackets also tend to be thinner and more lightweight. "Comfort is a big thing," notes Metcalf. Gap's comfortable sherpa-lined denim and corduroy coats are great for older boys.

All about layers

According to Metcalf, layering is also a big trend in kids' coats this season. "One of the biggest trends is the double jacket, which is actually a two-in-one," she says. The jacket encompasses a hooded sweatshirt inside a denim jacket, and the pieces can be worn separately. "Whether or not you live in the snow, layering is important and it is a huge trend this season," says Metcalf.

Cop a crop

This season, kids fashion is keeping pace with adult fashion, according to the mom-preneur. "Usually kids [clothing] trends follow adult trends by six months to a year," she says. This year, crop jackets are very popular for girls, going along with the trend in women's fashion. "Some are even short sleeve and [girls] can wear them with thermals underneath," Metcalf says, adding this style of jacket is popular in buffalo plaid. Tartan plaid is another popular fabric, according to Callie Canfield, a public relations representative for Gap, Inc. The brand's shirred tartan plaid jacket (pictured, $44.99) with girly details can be dressed up or worn with jeans.

Vintage throwback

According to Canfield, this season's winter collection is inspired by skiwear from the 1960s. "The puffer jacket takes on a lot of vintage ski elements like chevron stripe insets, fur-trimmed hoods and new parka lengths," she notes. "The color palette has a great range of fun, bright colors." Pictured is the Premiere Colorblock Jacket ($64.99) from Gap.

Bring on the bright

While black, brown and denim tend to be favorite color choices for boys, Metcalf agrees that there are some great bright coats out there this season for girls and boys. She notes that girls are wearing more brown than black, and adds, "There are more colors [available] and [coats] are not as dark and dreary." She loves the color trend and notes that oranges and reds are big this year, even for older kids. "Color brightens everything up and makes everyone happy," she adds.

All in the details

Forget boring old zippers -- some of this season's hottest coats are cool right down to the details. Toggles are popping up on some of Gap's cutest coats for toddlers, such as the fleece toggle coat, and Gap's bright button sweater hoodie (pictured, $29.50) for girls is darling in turquoise.

This year let your child help select their winter coat. It will give kids a sense of independence, plus they will be able to express their individuality through their coat. And with all the styles out there, they are sure to pick something that will meet mom approval, too!

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