How Treasure Box Kids Sources Sustainable, Quality Fabric
Every season, Treasure Box Kids sources materials from fabric shows across the U.S. Our visits are a crucial part of our outfit creation process, as 100 percent of the fabric used in our clothing is bought domestically. This tradition began when we started to manufacture our own clothing. Going to fabric shows not only gives us an up close and personal view of the materials for our lines, but more importantly allows us to scout out local vendors whose production standards line up with the ethics of our manufacturing process.
What Treasure Box Kids Keeps in Mind at Fabric Shows
Fabric comes first.
We craft an outfit around a pattern or texture, so the foundation of our designs is the material we use. An overall quality textile is what we look for, and if they are certified organic it adds big points.
The feel of a fabric is pivotal. We spend a lot of time making sure that the samples we consider would feel soft, comfortable and wearable
Additional qualities we keep in mind are the fabric’s care instructions, how much shrinkage to expect and its weight. Hard to find, unique trims that meet our standards are our goal, and we are often surprised with what we find on our journey.
At our last fashion show, we came across an Eco Twill fabric. This material combines organic cotton and recycled plastic, thus reducing landfill waste with its production. We were impressed with the supplier’s commitment to sustainability, and we are now actively stocking up.
Using renewable fabric is new to us, but is becoming a trend we hope to soon make timeless.
how the fabric feels and is constructed, made, dyed, how durable it is and how it feels
How Fabric Shows Fuel a Treasure Box Kids Passion
At a number of these shows, seminars on textile production are offered. We seize these opportunities to further educate ourselves and are often pleasantly surprised by the new information we find. Through these classes, we’ve learned new dying techniques, why certain types of threads are used for fabrics and many more bits of knowledge that we can then apply into our sourcing tactics.
Learning about these things only compliments our love for design. How fabric can shape an outfit by color, trim, and style is our driving inspiration in clothing creation. In our outfits, you’ll find a variety of color and textures because playing with the feel of clothes to help them reach their full potential is a Treasure Box Kids passion.
What’s In: Kids Fashion Trends for Spring 2018
Get excited, kids fashion trends are being taken straight from the big kid runway. It doesn’t matter if you still have a bedtime or if you’re the one making that bedtime; if you’re fashionably inclined, you know how important it is to stay up to date with the times. Lucky for us, this year’s selection is more than just florals. We’ve been served trends and colors that are bold, bright, and full of expression.
To find this season’s most noteworthy trends, we’ve combined our own fashion knowledge with some words straight from the pro’s themselves: Pantone, Fashion Snoops, and Earnshaw’s. To read more about color trends and this year’s thematic palette, check out our post on the 2018 Color of The Year: Ultra Violet.
The Colors in Kids Fashion Trends
Pantone is a leading expert in color trends, and they’ve released a spring report highlighting the top colors shown at New York Fashion Week. This year’s line up shows that designers are in-tune with the need to show more color, and we see that in the top-12 spring color lineup. Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites:
Meadowlark – Pantone 13-0646
A confident, bright yellow. Yellow is purple’s complementary color, so its feature is linked to this year’s color of the year, Ultra Violet.
Cherry Tomato – Pantone 17-1563
A bold, orangey red.
Little Boy Blue – Pantone 16-4132
Serene as the clear blue sky
– Pantone 16-5533
A Cooler, cleaner take on green.
Although these are only our fav, this spring’s palette is an open door to dramatic color mixing in kids fashion trends.
Prints and Fabrics: Kids Fashion Trends for Almost Any Spring Occasion
Now that we’ve had a taste of the season’s colors, let’s dive into the looks and textures our palettes are comprising. Fashion Snoops and UBM Fashion feature a dazzling selection of kids ensembles and weather-appropriate apparel that we’re rushing to add to our mood boards. From chic safari to a gardening in The Hamptons, they’ve lined up looks that will have a place in almost any kid-friendly occasion.
Yes, we said to expect more than florals, but the season of new beginnings can never be complete without some blossoming. Still staying true to individuality, pattern mixing and kitschy details are embroidering our kid’s clothes dreams.
Florals, fruits, and gingham styles never fail. Pairing them up with classic ruffles, tulle, or even lace detailing will add to the aww-factor.
Taking a step south, we’re getting ready for the heat. Hot summer nights don’t necessarily always stay in the summer, as we Florida folks know all too well. Whether it’s for a desert sunset or an Everglades sunset, we know the importance of a good tailoring.
Find twill, beaded trims and light knitwear where the sun keeps shining, and happily embrace the comfort of a vibrantly earthy tone.
Now, we can’t talk about blooming without talking overalls. This time, take a step back and retreat into the forest. Know nature, know a good, breathable linen. Even bring back the smock dress! You know your little girl would look adorable in it.
Keep your eyes out for cotton, basket weave, and twill. Think arts and crafts camp.
Accessories in kids fashion trends
As if we hadn’t already stressed self-expression enough, we’re ending this season’s trend list with a shout-out to Earnshaw’s Magazine and an homage to the holy grail: Accessories.
According to the publication, a unique jewelry set or a fun, pop-of-color handbag can wrap up any outfit, so it’s no surprise that finding these classic staples in a new shape or material is what’s we’re embracing. Try a holographic fabric, perhaps some metallic denim and even grab that unicorn-shaped backpack for a bold look that will rule the school and make it known that you’re up to date with kids fashion trends.
“What’s in: Kids Fashion Trends for Spring 2018” features images taken from Pantone, UBM Fashion Inc., and Earnshaw’s Magazine.
Floral children’s fashion trends have made their way back! We love Earnshaw’s magazine because they are always on top of the most current trends in children’s wear. Treasure Box Kids envisioned this trend earlier in the season and Earnshaw’s mentioned that the floral prints are back and bigger than ever in their June 2017 issue. The popular 1980’s style is currently trending. Floral prints are resurfacing on women’s clothing, kids clothing (boys and girls), and even on shoes and accessories. To learn more about children’s fashion, please read our post Children’s Fashion Last 10 Years
Where the Floral Print Originated:
Floral prints date back thousands of years, originating first in Asia, where flowers are an integral part of the culture. Long ago, flowers held deep meaning and symbolism, which people enjoyed incorporating into their clothing. Flowers are known as a universal symbol of femininity, which is prevalent in different cultures and time periods. Over the years we have seen big flower trends such as the “Flower Power” 60s and again in 2014 with the popular floral leggings. Floral prints are diverse and have always been in production… something we don’t see changing anytime soon. Trends are usually established in adult clothing and are then adapted into children’s wear.
Why Follow Children’s Fashion Trends:
Floral prints typically make us think of warm weather and sunny days. Flowers carry a happy connotation and it feels good to wear them, so why not! Florals are all about having fun with fashion and embracing the excitement of summer. The print is versatile – you can find it on everything from casual kids bathing suits to exquisite wedding dresses. The floral theme also makes great accessories that give you more ways to work the flowers into your style. And if you’re a girly girl at heart, wearing florals is a perfect way to show your feminine side.
Floral Children’s Fashion Trends for Clothing:
Earnshaw’s said it themselves, “Floral and graphic prints are an undeniable tool in stimulating children’s imagination and creativity”. How cool is that? We are expecting to see lots of daisies, hydrangeas, hibiscus and roses on the racks this season for girls and even boys. Floral prints come in a variety of styles, colors, shapes, and designs. Does your little girl have a favorite flower? Look for a dress with her flower print on it. Kids should love what they are wearing and this is a great way to ensure that. Experts remind us to keep an eye on the size of the print when choosing a dress for your little girl. Smaller girls might avoid larger prints as they could engulf a petite frame.
Five Floral Print Fashion Trend Tips:
- Choose lightweight fabrics that breathe well this summer. Cotton, linen, rayon, and chiffon are just a few that work well.
- Feel free to mix patterns! Just make sure there’s one color that ties both prints together. Black and navy are great options.
- To create a slimming illusion and draw the eye in, explore dresses with flowers gathering down the center.
- Be bold! Summer is your excuse to wear bright, vivid colors. If your wardrobe is filled with mostly dark solids, adding a floral print can be just what you need to match your outfit with your summer state of mind.
- Floral accessories can add a hint of femininity to your look. Try flower inspired sandals, sunglasses with flowers printed on them, or shade your face with a floral printed sun hat. You could even tie one of TBK’s lightweight floral infinity scarfs around your hair to keep you cool.
Look around and find your favorite floral prints to rock this summer. If you’re looking for your little girl, check out the TBK website for our own floral printed dresses and scarves. This is one of our favorite children’s fashion trends and it will soon be yours too!
Didn’t know upcycled fashion existed, you’re about to get a wake-up call. Face it, we all love to shop new clothes. But rarely do we think about where our new clothes, shoes, and accessories come from or how they are made. Not many of us contemplate How Fast Fashion Affects The World before we decide to buy those skinny jeans to match that blouse we just bought at Macy’s. After reading this blog, my goal is for each and every reader to shop conscientiously and before you swipe, think upcycled fashion.
Many garment workers die making clothes for fast fashion brands.
Credit: SolidarityCenter.org/ The Crimson Connection
Without Upcycled Fashion, The Fashion Industry Might Just Kill You
We all know that the cars we drive, the fertilizers we use, and the energy we use to keep our homes cool during the summer can harm our environment. But I’m sure you weren’t aware that our shopping habits have the same impact! The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world, right after oil (insert shocked emoji here).
Young workers at a garment factory in Dhaka give jeans a “distressed” look by spraying them with potassium permanganate, a toxic substance that can damage the human nervous system. Only one of the young men is wearing a protective mask. Credit: CBS/ Justin Redman
The fashion industry involves multiple supply chains of production, raw material, textile manufacture, clothing construction, shipping, use and then the disposal of the clothing. The carbon footprint of the fashion industry is massive. And I’m sure we all remember the Bangladesh Garment Factory Disaster in 2013, that left over 1000 people dead. By being aware, we can take a stand to upcycle our clothing and not support Brand Names that source their apparel from high-risk garment factories.
When We Utilize Upcycled Fashion, We Are Keeping Our Air Clean
While most of the clothing from our favorite stores includes cotton, it can take over 5,000 gallons of water to manufacture a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. The pesticides used on the cotton farms, the toxic dyes used and the waste created can all result in negatively impacting our environment. And can stay on your clothes and your children’s clothes for up to 5 washes.
Photo Credit: Ecoterre
Think about how hard it is for you to keep up with the newest trends. When we finally hop onto the current trend, it’s time for a new one. This is called fast fashion. In order for the clothing to reach the retail store from across the globe, loads of clothing travels in containers fueled by dirty fossil fuels. Let’s look at the numbers. Over 20 billion new clothing items are brought to Americans per year and only 2% of those clothes are being domestically manufactured.
Because of Upcycled Fashion, We Have More Money
It’s not uncommon for shoppers to wear an item once or twice before throwing it away for next week’s style. Often due to the poor quality of the clothes causing them to fall apart after several washes. Unfortunately, we’ve all had this happen to us. From the 2015 numbers, The U.S. apparel industry today is a $12 billion business and the average American family spends $1,700 on clothes annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When we add upcycled clothing to our wardrobe, we can get more variety, better quality and throw away less. The biggest reward is that we will spend less. Isn’t that what we all want, to spend less? Well, when we upcycle our clothes, we can save more and travel or spend time with our family. Did you ever think that upcycled fashion could give you more time with your family?
Photo Credit: Heather Christopher Travel
With Upcycled Fashion, We Are More Creative
There are many ways to repurpose every article of clothing in our closet to keep up with the trends. Welcome to your new favorite term: “upcycle”. No, not recycle, UPCYCLE! This means that instead of recycling, you convert old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. Take your drab t-shirts and turn it into a beautiful maxi dress! Hipcycle explained the difference between recycling as such:
“Plain and simple, upcycling makes a positive impact on the environment. When you upcycle clothes, you remove items from the global garbage stream. Upcycling instead of recycling is good too; recycling requires energy or water to break down materials. Upcycling only requires your own creativity and elbow grease.”
How do I start to upcycle fashion?” Take some time this weekend, grab a glass of wine, and go through your closet and your family’s closets. Use your creativity, or Pinterest, for some great ideas. There are a lot of DIY (Do It Yourself) Upcycle Fashion tutorials out there on YouTube as well. If you’re not so DIY savvy, check out your local thrift stores, like GoodWill, Plato’s Closet, consignment stores, or download the ThredUp and Letgo apps on your phone, Check out my favorite upcycled fashion projects I found on Pinterest!
(Credit: Trinkets in Bloom)
Pantone Color- Spring 2016 List: The Gender of color
Pantone releases a seasonal color report to show the current trends of the season. The upcoming spring 2016 colors follow the direction of the rich, vibrant hues of the 2016 Pantone color of the year. Included in Pantones spring 2016 Fashion Report are Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Limpet Shell, Fiesta, Iced Coffee and Green Flash. Many colors on this springs Pantone Color report are gender neutral which follows the gender neutral trend. As the world becomes more conscious of the role gender plays in fashion, more unisex tones are featured in fashion. The influences for the colors in the spring report for 2016 are based upon the desire to gravitate towards a calming palette and to transport us to a happier and sunnier place. To understand this years Kids Fashion Trends Spring 16 read our article about the newest trends for spring.
Pantone Colors, The Desire to Breathe and Reflect
The inspirations for Pantones spring palette can be put into two categories: calming neutral tones and vivid bright colors, which represent playful escapism. Colors like Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity, Iced Coffee and Limpet Shell make us desire for relaxation. These soothing colors promote peace and calm while maintaining their striking appeal. Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute explains that “With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation.”
Pantone Color, Fun, Excitement and Optimism
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Pantone’s spring colors in Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Green Flash and Fiesta are strong, attention grabbing statement makers. These vivid, bright colors are definitely meant to inspire playful high energy and an escape to more nostalgic, happier times. These particular colors made the list for the bold reminisce of the color usage many influential artists of past utilized in their paintings. The fascinating color intensity may be why the colors are being incorporated in many children’s clothing lines effectively standing out from falls more somber colors on the market.
How the Pantone Spring Colors Appear in Children’s Fashion
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European designers are making it a priority to find subtle ways to incorporate the colors in their lines. This is why on Euro runways, petite models showcase the eye catching colors in a sophisticated way. The child models can be seen wearing intense prints and hues featured from the color report in various style trends from this year. This just shows that the Pantone Color Report truly has a hand in influencing children’s fashion. Check back on our blog to read more about the Pantone color for future seasons.
Polka Dots Always Trendy
The popular pattern, polka dots, have seemingly been around forever. The pattern has been spotted (no pun intended) as early as 1867 on Flamenco dancers, depicted in the paintings of Fredric Bazille and in the 1920’s collection of Carolina Ferrera. The term polka dots was first used in Godey’s Lady’s Book in its 1857 issue. It’s assumed the popular European dance the Polka is where the pattern received the origin of its name. To learn more about other current clothing trends read: Kids Fashion Trends Spring 16.
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The Start of Polka Dots
The girls polka dot dress trend exploded in the 1950’s. The trend was seen on fashionable celebrities to housewives. The pattern gave its female wearers a look of wholesome femininity with a dash of girlishness. The popularity of the pattern tapered off at the end of this era. The trend never really disappears but rather casually shows up each decade with a new twist.
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Polka Dots Use in Current Fashion
Although this ageless trend is mostly synonymous with children’s clothing, the patterns popularity has made its return to the adult fashion world. The trend has found its way back to high fashion in top lines like Marc by Marc Jacobs and a signature look on the likes of Fashionista Alexa Chung. European Childrenswear designers have already opted in to the craze and American Childrenswear designers are sure to do the same. Don’t be surprised over the sudden influx of this playful pattern on shoes, accessories and apparel in your favorite children’s stores in the upcoming season.
Black and White Capri Pants Set from Treasure Box Kids
What Does Wearing Polka Dots Print Say about you?
Statistics show that little girls and women alike adore the fabric. Although in recent years the print has become more popular in Men’s fashion, it’s not as popular as it is with females. Scientifically, the reason girls polka dot dresses are such a big hit is because visually girls tend to respond towards attention to detail. This is why the kaleidoscope of rounded dots in various sizes is extra appealing. Believe it or not studies show that lively and energetic people tend to gravitate to the fabric and are wonderful multi-taskers.
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How the Pattern is Currently Worn
Replacing the very Minnie Mouse esque look of old, there are more modern ways to wear this classic print. Now, Designers go for creative and bold looks, utilizing fluorescent colors in a rainbow spectrum. The polka dot print is usually paired with abstract patterns and solid colors. One thing is for sure there’s NO wrong way to wear this versatile pattern. We have recreated this trend in our Pink Polka Dot Girls Birthday Dress. Go for a more fashion forward look this season by including polka dots apparel in your children’s wardrobe, or even your own!
Pink Polka Dot Girls Birthday Dress from Treasure Box Kids