Sunny weather at the end of winter is always tricky. From toddlerhood, kids seem to have this secret knowledge that jackets are evil and should be resisted at all costs. Although we fight the jacket battle all winter, with the early spring sun beating down, don’t be surprised if he doesn’t want to wear his down puffa jacket to the park. We’ve found the best transitional coats for spring, with prints and shapes fun enough that even the most wilful toddler won’t be able to resist.
Why wear a conventional denim jacket when there’s one in indigo tie dye ($118)? Suitable for boys or girls, this jacket by AKID (above) is perfect to pop on for after school outings to the playground. While you’re looking, check out AKID’s collector-worthy kicks.
Many things look great on kids that look terrible on adults. Animal onesies, pinafores, furry multi-coloured gilets like the Sanya Gilet ($192) from Raspberry Plum. You might not think it, but this piece is super versatile. Like a puffy vest, but so much more stylish the gilet goes with jeans, swingy little dresses or skirts.
A new mother’s favourite pastime is worrying that the baby is freezing, and overdressing her as a result. This spring, if you dress them in the Cashmere Peacoat ($100 – $133) in biscuit by Olivier Baby and Kids, you’ll know that baby’s warm, comfortable and looking adorable.
Lunares en Mayo makes lovely dressing up clothes for kids. We love the sixties silhouette of this mint coat ($101). It’s got a splash of white wrapping around one pocket, and rolled up sleeves reveal a contrasting lining. The coat is perfect for popping on over a dress, but would be equally cute with jeans and trainers.
ABC123me’s green parka ($186) is a windcheater style with a drawstring and dropped hem at the back. The description says “Wear with everything. Always”, and in this case, we think that bit of marketing speak is bang on. This jacket can be worn right into summer on those beach day when the wind picks up and the blue sky is suddenly covered with black, heavy clouds.
Sadly the horse patterned Gardner and the Gang baseball jacket is sold out, but its indigo cousin ($49) is almost as adorable. If you really love the print, the adult version isn’t sold out yet. In this mummy and me ensemble, the style point goes to mum. Finally.
If presented with one of these amazing jacket options, your son still refuses to wear a coat outside, there are always superhero costumes. They’re made of polyester so impermeable, it’ll be like he’s playing in a toasty Spider Man-shaped greenhouse.