Pick 'n' Mix

A popular trend returning in Spring/Summer '16 is the mixing, matching and clashing of prints in all sorts of sweet colour combinations. The thought of combining clashing or matching loud prints can be daunting for any fashionista, but done right and it can be a massive hit in the style stakes. What better way to dress your little one than in this lovely palette of yummy yellows, candy pinks and mouth watering greens – colours straight from a tasty bag of pick 'n' mix! We’ve selected our two favourite boys and girls brands which demonstrate this trend perfectly, Oilily and Paul Smith Junior.


Founded in 1963 by William en Marieke Olsthoorn, Oilily is a Dutch fashion house renowned for their use of vibrant colours, creative combination of different fabrics and amusing details. Their diverse use of cultural influences makes this brand stand out from the crowd, and the quality of its garments is second to none. The brand also has a celebrity following - from stars Madonna to the Obama daughters. We love Oilily and its Spring/Summer collection fits perfectly with our pick ‘n’ mix theme, with gorgeous items such as the pink pear and carrot shoulder bags, sweet summer staples for mini fashion lovers. Choose from lovely pastel blues as seen in the ‘omato’ picnic jersey playsuit and cute little shift dresses in zesty orange and lime. Their new collection gives a range of options to clash their creative prints, or co-ordinate them with matching patterned socks and bags.


Paul Smith began his career in the 1970’s, with the help of his then girlfriend (now wife) Pauline Denyer, a fashion graduate from the Royal College of Arts. His first collection was exhibited in Paris, under the Paul Smith label which displayed a wonderful mix of striking colours and sharp, chic shapes. Now in the business for over 40 years, Paul Smith has established himself as a pre-eminent British designer, receiving a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. Paul Smith Junior was launched in the early 1990’s, and plays on the same designs and colours that have made his adult collection so successful. Creating colourful and unique collections for children, our top picks for boys fit perfectly into the pick ‘n’ mix theme. In a delightful mixture of candied colours, we love his use of stripes and prints on polo tops, shirts and shorts.


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