Fashion: The top 10 things parents will be buying their kids this autumn
Temperatures are officially dipping and it's time to welcome autumn with open arms, because if there's one thing we love about the new season, it's the clothes
COSY coats, the unisex trend and the deliciously bold shade of red are making waves on the high street, but it's not just for grown-ups. These are all getting the nod in childrenswear, too.
"Our kidswear collection for Autumn brings a bold pop of colour, with thoughtful details in the delicate embroidery, cosy faux fur trims and a touch of sparkle," says Shani Delargy, head of buying for childrenswear at Debenhams.
"The J by Jasper Conran collection focuses on vibrant colours, confident graphics and charming prints, while the RJR.John Rocha occasionwear collection is perfect for party season, returning with full dresses in shimmering satins, pom-pom heels and faux fur shrugs."
Nicola Williamson, Bobux's senior designer and product developer, notes that fashion-forward parents are buying children's clothing in rusty reds, mustard and deep green shades, and recommends on-trend metallic boots for adding a glamorous edge to a toned-down outfit.
Because even small people can be super stylish. Here are our seasonal favourites...
1. The must-buy jumper
Suitable for girls and boys and made from 100% organic cotton, could this sweatshirt be any cuter? Dog Sweatshirt in Navy, sizes 56-146 (1-11 yrs), £38, Mini Rodini
2. The weatherproof waterproof
This is uber-expensive but it's a proper technical jacket with taped seams that's completely waterproof. So if you're going skiing or our winter turns freezing, this will keep them warm and snuggly. Tootsa Blizzard Winter Jacket, age 2-12, £85, Muddy Puddles
3. The wish-they-made-them-in-adult-size metallic boots
If you've never tried Bobux kids' shoes, now's the time. Made from beautifully soft leather, the comfort factor is second to none, and because of their shape, they often last longer than normal shoes. Vault boots in Molten Gold, sizes 27-33, £52, Bobux
4. The autumn zippy
There is nothing more useful that a zippy top when it comes to new-season togs. Made from 100% organic cotton and suitable for both boys and girls in the colour of the season, this one's built to last. Quilted Hoody in Red, age 3-10, £40, Five Boys Clothing
5. The tick-the-trend checks
A check shirt is an on-trend classic, and when it's this affordable, it's wise to buy two. Mock Layer Hooded Check Shirt, age 4-14, from £8, George at Asda
6. The most adorable dungarees on the planet
Perfect with tights and a long-sleeved T-shirt, these organic cotton dungarees are very foxy. Cerys Cord Dungarees, age 2-10, £34, Frugi
7. The top-to-toe dude chic
If you need to deck your little man out in some smart gear, the Designers at Debenhams are all you need. J by Jasper Conran 3 in 1 Parka, age 1-6, from £48, J by Jasper Conran Jumper, age 4-14, £19 (available mid-October), and J by Jasper Conran Jeans, age 1-6, from £16, Debenhams
8. The new-season backpack
Every tot needs a bag as wonderful as this on their back. Bear Backpack, £25, Newbie (available October 20)
9. The partywear princess dress
Perfect for parties, Christmas and being a bridesmaid - this dress is to die for. RJR.Rocha Navy Sequin Bodice Dress, age 4-14, £55, Debenhams (available late October)
10. The practical puffer
Showerproof and super-cosy, these puffer jackets are perfect for kids. Snooze Furlined Padded Jacket, age 5-12, and Snuggle Up Padded Jacket, age 5-13, £29.99 (reduced from £59.99), Zakti