Summer 2012 Fashion Trends For Kids

Here we are in summer, and your child is getting ready to break out his or her summer clothes. It may be that all the summer clothes are outgrown, or just not fitting with your child's taste and preferences. All the latest summer clothes are filling the shops, and, depending on the age of your child, he or she may have very specific preferences based on what he or she has seen in the windows. If you are not willing or able to spend money designer clothes, it's perfectly acceptable to get ideas from the latest fashions and put together customized outfits with and for your kids.

What's the latest trend in kids' fashions? Here are some of the highlights.

1. Colors

As with adult fashions, fluorescent, bright, neon colors are in for kids. Somehow, though, the playful, energetic quality of electric colors fits children particularly well. Designers are putting bold, contrasting colors together in a way that's reminiscent of the 1980s. Kids' outfits might consist of a bright yellow shirt, electric green pants, and bright pink or blue shoes.

There are still pastels out there, and some designers are emphasizing them this year, too. Whites with pastel embroidery are in for girls in 2012.

2. Patterns

Look for checkered patterns for boys this year, and floral for girls. It's trendy for girls to wear bright patterns and blank white, one on top and one on the bottom. In keeping with the contrasting color theme, boys might wear a green and black checked shirt with bright blue or red pants.

3. Styles

When it comes to kids' fashions, simplicity is always appropriate. Kids like to move freely and play, so simple sundresses and tights for girls and tees and pants for boys with comfy shoes are never out of fashion. However, there are some trends this year toward particular design details.

-Shirts Collars are in for boys and girls. Button-down shirts with collars look great over boys' tees, and girls' frocks and shirts are sporting collared necklines. Collared tee-shirts - a variation of the classic "polo shirt" - are in for boys.

-Skirts and Dresses Girls' skirts are colorful this year, especially with stripes. Longer lengths are back - not to the ankle, but definitely below the knees. Floral prints and bright solids are also in with girls' skirts in 2012.

-Shoes Solid colored shoes in bright hues are in for boys and girls. Sandals are timeless, but they are not as prominent his year. Flats for girls and lace-up sneakers for boys are trendy this summer.