OUT & ABOUT

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Out & about

The day trip is planned: rock-pooling at the beach, bike riding through the forest, puddle-splashing at the park. Outfits are sorted (and spare ones packed). Cool bag is stuffed with yummies and everyone’s ready for a little adventure. Just add super-stylish accessories to cater for every outdoor eventuality, and they’re all set.


Reversible fleece, £32, Frugi

Sunglasses, £15, Squids

Preparation is key. The sun could shine, the heavens could open, you never quite know what’s in store. It’s all about layers and comfort. Layering clothes means they keep snug but can peel off once warm. Lightweight waterproof dungarees and parkas pack away easily and ensure play doesn’t stop if it’s damp. Comfort means soft, flexible clothes they can leap about in, shoes with good grip and puddle-splashing resistance, sunnies for super-bright days and a hat to protect from sunshine and showers. The right accessories ensure any day out is a win. It’s all in the detail.


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We've already detailed our joy over the new-season bounty in Into Autumn for the girls. Soft knits, cosy hues of mustard and plums, snuggly accessories - we're all in. Conker season is traditionally a time of Good Clothes and wrapping up stylishly (you've seen The September Issue, right? It's the same for kids in our eyes). And there are some fantastic new lines for the boys, too.

Forget seasons of mist, it's all about the season of musts this autumn, as in what we must have for their wardrobes. And yes we do love collecting conkers and kicking through crispy leaves and smelling bonfires in the air on the walk home from school, but we also love all the fab new-season collections. Bring on the soft knits, cosy tights and the warm russets, mustards and plums of autumn...

If you've been watching Stranger Things on Netflix (and if you haven't, seriously, where have you been? Cancel everything and binge-watch the first season now - since its release this summer Netflix has already commissioned a second series, airing in 2017) you'll know that the dorkiest coolest kids in town at the moment are Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Will. Their Goonies meets E.T. meets Stephen King sci-fi adventures have fuelled an '80s nostalgia trip thanks to the show's near-perfect recreation of the era, and our sartorial eye has been on the detail for their retro apparel.

The new term is well under way, and we're just about getting our heads around which day is PE day, when the after-school clubs are, homework, lunchboxes, shoe-polishing and knotting a tie once again. But as smart and lovely as they look in their uniforms, it's always nice for them to have some comfies to throw on when they get home and can concentrate only on stuffing their faces and zoning out in front of Octonauts.

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