As the cold, wet days roll in, you’ll be saying goodbye to the sandals and pumps and hello warm boots and cosy jumpers. With forest schools and outdoor play becoming even more popular this season, you’ll want to ensure your children are warm and comfortable; but this doesn’t have to mean basic, unimaginative apparel. Here are the main trends to look out for this year. Choose wisely, and you’ll have comfortable hard wearing clothing that ensures your children are protected from the cold winter weather.

Woodland

To fit the Scandinavian forest school ethos, a woodland themed scene is emerging this season through checked patterns, sheepskin, knit and wind-proof technology outerwear. Layering up, and mixing and matching patterns with autumnal colours such as pumpkin, mustard, maroon and creams is a recurring theme at this time of year, and you can see why – the warm colours gear you up ready for the festive season and add a little warmth to cold days.

Vivid and Upbeat

Bright, bold colours aren’t just for the summer. This season, bold pattern with striking colour combinations will see wintery colours like navy given a boost with bright red and brave yellow. Combine soft jogging bottoms with bold accessories to give your wardrobe a much needed energy boost.

Why not dig out some summer t-shirts and team them with a long sleeved top underneath, making the most of your child’s summer wardrobe – as by next year they’ll inevitably grow and be into a new size.

70’s Boho

The hippie 70’s vibe is still alive and kicking after its revival last autumn/winter. This trend can be so easy to achieve, as it’s all about combining winter wardrobe staples with fun prints in autumnal shades. For girls, knit sweaters suede button skirts and sheepskin boots are an effortless, stylish way to keep warm. And don’t forget long sleeved pattern swing dresses and knit tights create the perfect outfit for the festive season parties that are right around the corner.

For boys, the retro revival means corduroys, check shirts, knit sweaters and jackets with sheepskin collars. This style is easily teamed with snow boots or chukka boots and will guarantee warmth and style all in one!

Patterns and Prints

To complement the 70’s boho theme and the vivid bold colours, patterns and prints are a plenty of the high street this season. Whether it be ditsy floral or checks, zigzag stripes or hoops – prints and texture will enhance any outfit.

Knitwear

As always knitwear is essential at this time of year. Easy and comfortable to wear, knitwear gives any outfit a luxurious feel, while most importantly getting and keeping them warm.Knitwear for children from, Irish Sweater Mill can take the form of sweaters, cardigans, (with and without hoods) buttons or zips and with so many options out there you’re bound to find something that looks good and that your children enjoy wearing. You could go for a traditional cream knit, to go with any outfit or a bolder colour, like green, blue or pink to complement a certain colour scheme your kids love to wear.

Knitwear is an obvious great addition to the woodland theme – team a check shirt with a textured, knitted sweater and distressed jeans, and there you have a classic look with a contemporary feel. The 70’s boho trend encompasses knitwear very well; the trend is all about texture and warmth, what says that more than knitwear! Specifically cream knitwear matches the browns, maroons and greens that appear within this trend. Add a knitted buttoned cardigan to a ditsy floral dress for a stylish, retro look.

Whatever style you go for this winter you can rest assured that with a few essential pieces your children will be warm and happy, and on-trend too!