I love to keep up with the current trends in adult fashions and see how I can incorporate them into the Roundabout range. The trends for this year are full of influences from previous decades, particularly the 60s to 80s. There are no big shoulders here, but we do have some rocking 60s style and eye-catching colour blocking.
This year denim is high on the agenda, ripped is out and slightly faded shades are in and, whilst the big fashion houses are playing with shapes and styles, Roundabout is offering a washed denim look in a 60’s style A-line dress with a simple giraffe print. It’s understated and works perfectly with the mustard mini-floral print on the reverse. It’s already the number one best seller.
Pale & Interesting
Pale greens, blues, yellows and pinks are in evidence everywhere, even beige is making a come back, but it’s not one I would choose for children’s clothes. Instead, I’m offering you a lively print featuring cute wildlife and flowers found around a lily pond. You can choose a blue shade reversing to a pale pink corduroy, great for the unpredictable Spring weather, or a green shade matched with a pale yellow with a mini rose print.
Tailored suiting in strong, eye-popping colours is making an 80s style comeback in both womenswear and menswear fashions. I love bright colours, especially for children, so our interpretation of this trend can be found in our unisex shorts styled with attention to detail: contrasting hems and pockets, a false fly and elasticated waist. Reds and oranges bring clothes to life and make us all smile.
A touch of Nostalgia
The hippy chic of the 60s is making a comeback, including bold prints and the eponymous A-line style of Mary Quant. My favourite decade for fashion has always been part of the Roundabout look, the ‘Rhiannon’ dress is an A-line with a little patch pocket that you can buy big and wear until it’s a tunic top. The funky ‘Pink’ dress rocks this look with its bright print and giant polka dots.
Its fun to take the adult fashions and create something that is fun and easy for children to wear. Quite a few of the big designer brands are also highlighting handcrafts and, of course, Roundabout delights in celebrating our Great British Sewing Heritage – as one customer put it recently, the clothes are “traditional, yet quirky”.