Style Guides

Flower Power

This week marked our first real taste of spring here in Wisconsin. With temperatures in the 50s, lots of sunshine and quickly melting snow I’m officially in the mood for a burst of green grass, flowers and bright colors. Unfortunately, winter has returned and I’m going to have to look beyond the weather for a summer-inspired pick me up. Luckily 2011 fashion trends are here to lift me up when I’m down!

Carter's Miranda Girls Sandal

Footwear News recently released a catalog of the top 18 trends in kid’s shoes for 2011. One of these trends, the ‘Petal Pushers,’ describes an overstated and dramatic take on the floral trend that I’m thinking will be popular well into fall, if not beyond. If you’re hoping to score this style for your own little one, look for cute flats, sandals or mary janes with a large flower blossom attached to the toe. A good example of this is the Carter’s Miranda Sandal. Look for bright colors, fun textures and gemstones to add an extra burst of flair.

Teva Hurricane Girls Sandal

The publication has labeled the second major floral trend from this report ‘Lady Liberty.’ This look focuses on small floral printed fabric – perhaps a better choice for those parents seeking simplicity. The Teva Hurricane Sandal showcases this look beautifully. If this is more your little one’s style, look for old-fashioned or vintage looking fabrics. Modern cuts and shoe styles help to keep this trend from looking too grown-up.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Chorus Mine Girls Mary Jane

If neither of these trends seems to be quite right, there are many more middle of the road styles available, such as the Kenneth Cole Chorus Mine Mary Jane. Smaller floral decals, larger flower prints and tropical themes all add pretty details without being overwhelming. And don’t think only girl’s flower shoes are going to be popular – I’m already seeing a big increase in available women’s floral shoes too.