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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M J U N E 2 0 2 3 • G R A P H I C S P R O 7 7 Fashions and trends Let's start with being adorable or not adorable and how trends and the tastes of parents and children and even the fash- ion world can dictate what's in and what's out for pint-sized fashionistas. While chil- dren's fashion may echo adult fashion, the trends aren't always exactly the same, so it's best to be plugged into some sites or blogs that specifically discuss children's fashions. In 2023, for instance, the blog at tells us that neutral shades like cream, beige, and black are big for kids, closely followed by nearly neutrals like sage and blush pink. e eParenting. blog predicts that denim, floral pat- terns, the color yellow, and neutrals will be the big fashion and color trends in 2023. Knowing color trends can also be help- ful when choosing threads, inks, or blank garments to offer. One resource for color trend information is Pantone. For Spring/ Summer 2023, Pantone is predicting a color palette of mostly vibrant shades like Beetroot Purple or Tangelo, with a few classic shades like Gray Lilac and Leek Green to round things out. Chances are, not every parent is going to pay attention to color or style trends and what's fashionable, but it's still something of which designers and decorators should be aware. Whatever is trending in stores or fashion magazines or blogs may filter down to your customers, so having a heads-up and a head start on being trendy is always a good thing. Another trend to be aware of is gender neutrality. Whether it's gender-neutral baby showers or gender-neutral clothing, the idea is that nothing specifically points to gender. When creating products for a baby shower, it might mean bibs or burp cloths that say "thank God for little bless- ings" rather than "thank God for little boys/little girls." It may mean not sorting decorated clothing options on your web- site so the trucks are labeled "boys" and the princesses are labeled "girls." Basically, the gender-neutral fashion movement is working to get us away from "blue is for boys and pink is for girls." It also rejects ideas like the one that boys are rugged and rough-and-tumble, while girls are delicate and dainty. In a nutshell, this movement supports the idea that there are no things or traits specific to boys and no things or traits specific to girls, there are just things and traits. For some, this might be over- thinking things, but it is a trend that's happening, so every decorator should know about it. (Images courtesy of Love That Cotton) An ideal gift for any new parent who will want one in every color. These one-piece plain bodysuits feature lap shoulders to make it easier for the many times a day that parents have to change their baby's outfit. 4 4 0 0 I N F A N T B A B Y R I B B O D Y S U I T w w w . o r d e r a c c . c o m THE IDEAL COMFORT.

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