VestsAgain this year, outerwear vests are a big story. They are excellent layering pieces, and are as fun and they are practical. Despite the fact that arms are exposed, vests are quite effective at keeping kids warm, especially when they are paired with knitwear tops and sweaters. Quilted vests are probably the most popular; however, we are seeing a surge of outerwear vests made from great alternative fabrics such as shearling and faux fur.
EarmuffsTo the delight of everyone who grew up in the 80s, earmuffs are back! Get the fuzziest, fullest ones you can find for a quirky, fun girls look. Earmuffs are great for the girl who refuses to wear a hat, and they are kinder to hairdos. For anyone who has tried to pull a hat over top of a little girls piggy tails, earmuffs are a welcomed trend.
KnitwearThis years knitwear frenzy means that girls are forgoing traditional jackets for layers of knitwear. The look is cozy and adorable. Knitwear shrugs, ponchos, sweater caplets and even thick knitwear sweaters are keeping kids warm sans jackets. Look for knitwear with interesting patterns and great fall colors. Especially fun are hooded ponchos or matching knitwear shrug and hat sets.
Look ahead, and dont forget about the hats and gloves. This years best hats and gloves are made from chunky, funky knits. For hats, pom-poms are fun and fashionable, and best of all girls love them. Go for mittens this year rather than fingered gloves. Mittens allow the knit to be thicker, keeping in with the chunky-trend. Also, they keep little fingers warmer and are easier to put on small girls. For a fun and functional alternative, look for gloves with a buttoned flap that convert fingerless gloves into mittens.