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.
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.
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.
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.
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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