Kids Summer Fashion for a Day Trip!

When it comes to childrens fashion there is always an element of practicality to consider, after all kids can be notoriously rough on their clothes. So how do you dress fashion conscious children for a long tiring day trip? I found the answer at Westfield Derby in one of this season’s top trends…..neon! I took my three to London to test their neon clothes in action.

Neon isn’t always in favour but it can’t be denied that it is bright and noticeable. This in itself makes it the perfect colour to dress your kids in, simply put they are easier to spot which is a distinct advantage if you are visiting a busy area. It also means they are easier to describe should you lose sight of them temporarily.

However unless you want to make your kids look like 80’s rejects you have to play the neon card carefully. I found a wonderful variety of clothes in my local shopping centre (Westfield Derby), where a few designs were on offer in store.

For my eldest son I went for this gorgeous layered top from Zara, it’s quite oversized in design and is available in a range of colours, it’s bright but it wont damage your retina and I can spot him at a distance. I paired this with a more understated pair of navy shorts from H&M, these have a slightly tailored cut which means they can be dressed up or down. He also had a bright neon blue belt, also from H&M although admittedly his t-shirt covered this.

For my youngest son I went for these gorgeous denim shorts from Zara, they are bright, incredibly comfortable and my son loves them. Zara also do similar trousers in bright designs, although I found their legs were slimmer which made them less practical for a very little person.

I paired them with this fabulous Darth Vader t-shirt from H&M. The t-shirt has the added advantage of being glow in the dark, I know he went under a table to show me!

For my daughter I toned done the neon just slightly with this pink skirt from H&M with neon heart accents. This was paired with an incredibly funky animal print t-shirt (also from H&M) and bright wrist cuff.

I think they all looked fabulous, but how did the clothing fair on our trip? From beginning to end it was an insanely long hot day (the hottest day of the year in the South East) but while I wilted in the background all the kids were comfortable, fashionable and practically dressed.


All the clothes were bought from Westfield Derby

Orange Layered Top £3.99 from Zara (this was reduced from £6.99)

Navy Shorts £7 from H&M (these were on special offer in store)

Blue Belt £2.50 from H&M

Orange Shorts £9.99 from Zara (these were reduced from £14.99)

Darth Vader T-shirt £5.99 from H&M

Pink heart skirt £5.99 from H&M

Animal Print T-shirt £2.99 from H&M

Wrist Cuff £1.99 from H&M


Guest Post – Must-See Attractions in London

I love going on a day trip to London, although being such a large city can make the choice of activities overwhelming, so today’s guest post hopes to point you in the direction of a fabulously British day out!

Finding things to do in London means choosing between loads of activities. Visitors can start by strolling along the same pathways as the royal family. As 2012 is the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and also the Olympics, it’s a great time to experience a typically British afternoon along with ‘Mum’ and her faithful corgis.

St Paul’s Cathedral

The tour goes through the exquisite cathedral and up towards the heavens, with a dizzying 360-degree view of London in the dome. Walk down the same aisle as Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, when they had a fairy-tale wedding in 1981. Then go below ground to the crypt.

The resting place for many famous historical figures like Lord Admiral Nelson and the Duke of Wellington, St Paul’s is well worth the trip out to London’s Square Mile. Visitors can continue the British theme with an exceptional afternoon tea service at a restaurant in the area. Take your pick from dainty sandwiches, cakes, scones, jam, Cornish clotted cream and loose tea of the highest quality.

Buckingham Palace

The doors of the state rooms in Buckingham Palace are flung open to the public during summer until the 7th of October. These parts of the palace are used by the Royal Family for entertaining and ceremonies. Ogle the lavish decorations including paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens and more.

There is a vast collection of some of the most exquisite French and English furniture in the world. Outside of the palace, wander through 29 acres of gardens with a 17th Century ornamental lake and thriving wildlife.

Following in the footsteps of royalty may not give visitors the Midas touch but you may experience a sumptuous slice of royal life and enjoy the afternoon tea. All in all, it’s the recipe for a breezy and relaxed British afternoon.