If you love fashion you’d have to agree, it’s a pretty good time to be a kid right now. Today’s kids get to look super-cool and stay comfy while doing what they naturally love – being active. A far cry from the daggy trackies of childhoods past, today’s fashion-forward children’s activewear styles score big points for translating the latest streetwear trends into fashionable basics that are wearable, practical and cute.
Whether they’re getting serious on the field or just needing an update on their weekend wardrobe, we have plenty of inspiring new active gear to shop for your young ones. Here, we take a look at some of the newest looks hitting home runs in kids athleisure gear.
For kids and adults, tops and tees are always a great way to show a little personality. Right now, we’re seeing retro ‘90s-influenced sports brand logo tees in bold primary colours and sweatshirts and hoodies in a range of prints from soft pastel tie die to camo, animal print and fun stripes. Cool chunky spiced block colours in vibrant hues are also having a moment. Active crops and ballet-style wraps are big for girls, while muscle-style tanks are popular for boys. Athletic-style jackets in windproof and waterproof fabrics are a great way to top off the athleisure look.
From earthy and neutral hues to fab florals, there’s no such thing as a boring kids’ tracksuit anymore. Gone are the matchy-matchy block-colour combos of your youth, today’s kids’ activewear styles are all about mixing it up. Print mash-ups are a big look, which might mean teaming their camo hoodie with striped shorts, print leggings and a neon sneaker. Tapered-leg jogger style pants are popular for boys, while graphic printed leggings a hit with girls; just remember to keep it as comfy and practical as possible by opting for elastic waistbands and those all-important pockets.
Whether they’re eight or 18, sneakers are always a one-way street to cool and a fresh pair of kicks is the stuff of kids’ dreams. The latest sneaker trends take in chunky soles and bold colourways. For the serious athletes, look for styles that offer performance features such as arch support and a cushioned sole. Classic skate-inspired sneakers in suede are a look that never goes out of style and translates across boys’ and girls’ wardrobes to team with everything from serious sports gear to a casual floral dress. Look for styles with ‘80s retro-style Velcro fastening – which are back in a big way and handy for kids still getting the hang of lacing up.
Logo caps and backpacks are always a hit with kids, and big sports brands are constantly evolving their classic logo styles. Right now, you’ll see graphic prints, pastels and pops of neon in backpacks, duffle bags, visors and caps. Digital watches and fitness trackers are also huge with kids of all ages, and have the added benefit of providing motivation to move more each day. Look for junior styles in a range of colourways and with features including step goals, chore data and fun app activities.