Winter outfits get a splash of sparkle

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 October, 2012, 6:23pm

Accessories such as colourful scarves keep children chic and warm this season. Whether it be a bow tie to spice up a white shirt or a hairpin to enliven the face, accessories can add a dash of personality to a child's overall look.

"Accessories are like dress ups for children, so the most important thing is to have fun," says Amanda Phipps, Asia regional manager of Seed Heritage.

The Australian fashion brand, with collections for girls, boys, women and babies, opened its first shop in Armadale, Victoria in 2000. Today, it has more than 77 retail stores worldwide.

"Ocelot continues to be strong for winter and has been updated in bright colours," says Phipps, who adds that fluorescent shades are all the rage this season.

For boys, she says braces, bow ties and ties are good for parties or other dressy occasions. For girls, "hair accessories have proven very popular, this season, including fluorescent scrunchies, star sequin clips and owl hair clips".

Flora So, marketing and administrative manager of homegrown children's wear brand FABLES AZ, says colourful woolly beanies, scarves and mittens are classic accessories that don't go out of fashion. She adds: "Headbands, hair-ties and children's handbags are timeless pieces for girls."

FABLES AZ, which stocks clothes for children from the age of two to 16, has shops in Sogo, Ocean Terminal, New Town Plaza and The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Macao.

So says ankle-length sneakers are warm yet trendy for boys as they tend to prefer simple accessories. Handbags and low-heel Mary Janes are often girls' favourite accessories as they want to emulate their mothers' looks, she adds.

"Accessories are easier to shop for as there are no sizing brackets, and parents can always invest in a good quality wool scarf to keep children warm yet trendy for a few seasons."

Serving children from the age of two to 12, French brand Jacadi has a winter 2012 collection featuring hair accessories for girls and co-ordinating hats, gloves and scarves for boys.

The shoe collection sees leather pitched against flannel, while embroidered badges and engraved rivets add a touch of school-like innocence. The collection sets out to reinterpret the classic with contemporary hues and smooth or patent leather.