Kids fashion has come a long way. Designers are recognising that practicality is as important as style, and the result is some pretty funky fashion that manages to please parents and kids alike.
And pleasing kids isn't always easy. As they grow they're making up their own minds about what they like, who they are and what they want to wear.
Fortunately more and more Australian designers are creating fun, practical fashion for kids, guaranteed to please even the fussiest dresser. Here are some of our favourites ...
Bringing Scandinavian-inspired designs to the Australian market, Anarkid offers even the tiniest members of the family the funkiest items in cool colours. With simple line drawings and cartoon styles to spots and stripes, Anarkid features button up one pieces for babies right through to trendy dresses and pants for older kids who are down with the mini-me look.
Anarkid is built on a solid foundation of style, understated cool and rebellion. The brand encourages free thinking, a love of art and always a little touch of Anarchy. Made by rebels for rebels. If wearing the threads makes your kid a little mischievous, blame them, and enjoy the chaos
You can see more of Anarkid at this year's Kids Instyle event at Sydney 21 – 24 February at Royal Hall of Industries & Hordern Pavilion.
Lullaby Riot specialises in children's fashion that is handmade by Amanda in Shellharbour NSW.
Lullaby Riot is a mixture of 'sweet and street' styles, so there is something to suit all tastes. All pieces are made to last with great attention to detail, and the fabrics have been sourced for their high quality and uniqueness.
Lullaby Riot also stocks a cute range of Australian designed teethers, tights and socks.
As a shopaholic teenage girl, Gemma Crowe had no idea the impact her eye for design would have. Years later she is now the founder of emerging swimwear label, Infamous Swim. Gemma has hit a niche market and is responsible for the latest local fashion craze: matching mother and daughter swimmer.
Infamous Swim taps into another digitally driven trend, body positivity, with the brand showcasing models in a range of sizes. This commitment is a taste of the 'mum magic' which Infamous Swim runs on. Like the best kind of mum, this brand is realistic and yet glamorous, down to earth and yet fun. Perhaps this is why Infamous Swim has taken off, making waves in the online shopping world.
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Established in 2013, French Soda produces a range of outerwear garments to ensure that the weather doesn't get in the way of children having fun. Designed in Australia, and combining the important aspects of colour, style and functionality, the signature raincoats and gumboots are popular with both children and their parents.
French Soda has recently been sold to Ashlee Nagle who has relocated the business to Condobolin, Central NSW. As a teacher and a mum to boys, Ashlee is passionate about continuing the French Soda tradition of designing fashionable and functional garments for children to play and learn outdoors.
You can see more of French Soda this year's Kids Instyle event at Sydney 21 – 24 February at Royal Hall of Industries & Hordern Pavilion.
Funky Trunks & Funkita
Adored by parents and kids alike, Aussie swimwear labels Funky Trunks & Funkita have just dropped the latest collection, On The Surface. Kids go crazy for the kooky, fun designs while parents love the durable, chlorine resistant fabric that offers 50+ UV protection, a must in the Aussie heat.
Your mini-mermaid will be bang on trend in living coral with Sweet Venom, Bar Bar, Flaming Stripes and Cumulus all boasting Pantone's 2019 colour of the year. There's no chance the boys will be outdone with a wondersul mix of bold and brillant blues. Ice Fortress, Tweety Tweet and Check Republic hit all the right notes.
Little Fox Kid's Shoe Company
Little Fox Kids' Shoe Company was launched in March 2017, following the owner's disappointment when looking for shoes for her son. The Sydney based, family owned and managed business sells beautiful classic shoes for young boys and girls, perfect for any occasion.
Little Fox Kids' Shoe Company believe shoes make the outfit - no matter how young or old you are, and the brand's aim is to provide top quality, stylish leather kids' shoes at an affordable price for customers.
You can see more of Little Fox Kids at this year's Kids Instyle event at Sydney 21 – 24 February at Royal Hall of Industries & Hordern Pavilion.