Still, subtle differences set 2013 trends apart from those of years past. Shades and textiles vary, and pieces are put together in new ways.
The Garden Party trend features a good dose of white in addition to soft, sun-washed hues.
Flowers, of course, are a vital component of any garden party, and floral prints are also at the top of the trend list. If you picked up pieces during last year's floral trend surge, keep them in the front of the closet.
If you're in the market for some new things, keep an eye out for 3D flowers. This year, rosettes aren't only adorning dresses for the littlest girls and brides; textured florals are blooming on everyday clothing for all ages.
If your daughter is not entirely into the subdued garden party thing, she can pair her embellished floral element with an edgier piece -- just encourage her to let the flowers remain the focus and keep everything else streamlined.
Preserve the inherent frilly sweetness by pairing ruffles with flats and a soft top, or give the look some edge with a western shirt.
Glamour girls will love the shimmery, iridescent treatments that are migrating into everyday wardrobes from dress-up territory.
3. Western Wear
- If your kid is the rugged type, cowboy boots and western yoke shirts will suit her. For added flair, opt for embroidered detailing.
- For the Equestrian vibe, look to riding boots, skinny pants, shrunken blazers and tailored tops.
- The Prairie Girl take will appeal to breezy bohemians. Key features include dainty flower prints and long dresses a la Laura Ingalls.
Keep school dress codes in mind when it comes to boots. Most elementary schools require rubber soles and flat heels for playground safety.
Have a bold dresser that loves to pile on the prints? For best effect, avoid pairing tribal prints that closely match, but do keep them in the same color scheme.
5. Hot Colors
Colors that seem to be having a particular moment include:
- Cobalt Blue
- Electric Orange
- Shocking Pink
- Bold Red
- Marigold Yellow