High Fashion’s 12 Must-Have Spring Trends For Toddlers

Fur, graphic prints, ombré denim and more closet must-haves for every two-year-old who doesn’t want to look like last season’s sale rack on the playground this summer.

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Vogue2! That is, Vogue… for two-year-olds (and their parents). This magazine has been years in the making as our most passionate pet project between trips to St. Barths, Yves Saint Laurent, and all the other Saints. As soon as Gucci’s kids’ line hit the market, we felt certain we’d be an essential part of your life as you assess little Theo’s increasingly complex daily dressing needs.

After all, parsing the the world of miniature designer clothing requires the trained eye of experts who have honed their dressing skills for years. And with your options now ranging from Lanvin to Dolce & Gabbana to Burberry to Stella McCartney — why, you must be flummoxed when it comes to shopping! But never fear, with our handy spring/summer 2012 trend report, your Francesca can look chicer than Suri Cruise in no time. Thank goodness frugality is out of style this season. Please do come along as we embark on this roller coaster ride of high fashion.

1. Fur

Stay warm in the transitional months with Fendi’s fur-trimmed coat (price upon request) or Gucci’s darling 100 percent genuine azure lapin fur ($2250). Perfect for hitting the lodge after a temper tantrum on St. Moritz’s slopes.

2. Utilitarian

You don’t have to be on a safari of chic to dress that way! Embark on your personal stylistic stroller journey through the city streets of Manhattan, the damp cobblestones of Seattle, or the divine boardwalks of St. Tropez with this Burberry parka ($375) or Ralph Lauren’s cotton cargo dress ($49.50).

3. Animal Print

Fierce, ferosh, rawr — you’re probably hearing these words as regularly in line for the slide as we are when we watch America’s Next Top Model reruns. Be a little bold during playtime with this leopard and floral D&G romper ($460) or Lanvin’s cream-colored cocktail frock and leopard jacket (price upon request). Also great at camouflaging juice box spills.

4. Ombre

Add a little edge to your daywear with a dip-dyed effect. From tank dresses to shirt dresses, the style was all the rage on the runways of everyone from Stella McCartney (left, $99), Gucci (center, $335), and Jean Paul Gaultier (price upon request).

5. Shrunken Leather Jackets

Nothing says “You think you can bully THIS?” like a bad**s leather jacket. For the fiercest of childrenistas, Phillip Lim (left, $650) and Versace (price upon request) have you covered.

6. Fringed Accessories

Don’t keep your free spirit all to yourself — wear it on your shoulder with bohemian perfection in a purse by Ralph Lauren ($150) or Gucci’s “suck it, Uggs” real suede fringed booties ($325).

7. White

Mommy’s not the only one whose new little black dress is the little white dress! Capitalizing on practicality, these white gems flooded the spring runways and stood out as though diamonds in little Suri Cruise’s earlobes. We <3 looks by Fendi (left, price upon request) and Phillip Lim, who put a twist on this future-classic trend with artful, jaunty layering (cropped pullover, $150). Not great at camouflaging juice box spills — try coconut water instead.

8. Jumpsuits

A twist on the Seventies (which surely you’re nostalgic for already) these jumpsuits are ideal for days when you can’t possibly be bothered to think about separates because you plan to spend the whoooole day Instagraming. Gucci makes a divine army green option (left, $550) while Phillip Lim has a short-sleeve style ($325).

9. Stripes

Until Prada, queen of stripes, starts making kids’ clothes you’ll have to settle for the work of other designers. J/K! As if Oscar de la Renta (left, $110) is settling. Or Jean Paul Gaultier (price upon request). Talk about divinity for daytime.

10. Bold Prints

Leave it to Versace to spice up your summer cocktail wear with a one-shoulder, sequin-embellished mini. And for all those pool parties you’ll be invited to, make the boys blush with Donatella’s bold swimwear options (left, price upon request). For those with more classic taste, Lanvin offers a floral option (top right, $400), and Oscar de la Renta keeps it chic with a printed A-line shift ($145).

11. Bold Prints Again!

This style is so fun even the boys are getting in on it! For a great day-to-night look, spring for Stella McCartney’s Mia dress (left, $53). And if you’re little boy wants to give The Situation a run for his money at summer camp in Miami — as all kids inevitably do these days — Versace is your go-to (shirt and bottoms: price upon request).

12. Girlish Purses

Let’s face it — compacts and iPhones don’t carry themselves! No preschool outfit is complete this spring without a small day bag. Try Fendi if you want to show everyone still buying Longchamp nylon how last decade they are, or Gucci’s Zoo handbag ($515) which resembles a pig made of logo fabric. J’adore.

That concludes our definitive spring/summer 2012 trend guide. Remember, when in doubt spend more and attempt to stain less, and print this out and tuck it in your pig purse when you need something to read at the hair salon. Happy shopping!

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