Yippee!! You survived holiday shopping!! Now, it’s back to the routine, and life is good again. Well, actually, not really…Spring ’12 lines are hitting stores, so, it’s time to grab those gift cards that Grandma gave, and head out shopping again. To make that shopping trip easier, we’ve rounded up 8 fabulous spring trends that’ll have your kids looking too cool for school, and play dates.

Show me your Stripes. Just like for the grown ups, stripes are big this season for kiddos too. Multi color stripes, thin stripes, rugby stripes, etc. So long as your kid has a stripe somewhere, he or she is on trend. Splendid “Oasis” stripe hooded dress. Available at Nordstrom.com

Cool and Relaxed. The great thing about this trend- no ironing! It’s all about a relaxed, lived in, kind of look. Think worn-in jeans and a soft cotton plaid shirt. There probably won’t be any morning arguments when it comes time to wear this look to school. “Clear Blue Skies Ahead Outfit”- Available at Gap.com

Hearts a Flutter. The heart designs this season are playful and fun, not just the conventional “red heart.” Jumping Beans Mock Layer Glitter Top- Available at Kohls.com

Sweet Butterflies. Another big motif for Spring are butterflies. You can find them on tees, appliqués on jeans, accessories, etc. Osh Kosh B’gosh Short Sleeve Graphic tee- Available at Carters.com

Denim Everywhere. Of course, denim jeans are still the fueling force in children’s wear. To add to that, this season, there are denim type looks. For example, shirts made of denim looking chambray fabrics or light washed denim jackets and pants. “Chambray Kid Outfit”- Available at Gap.com

Yellow like the Sun. Yellow is one of the key colors this season. It can be used to add a pop of color to an outfit, like a yellow jacket or belt. Or, it can be the outfit, like, a yellow dress or a yellow polo shirt and jeans. This bright color may even turn pouty frowns into smiles when those April showers hit…Smocked Flutter Sleeved Tops for Baby- Available at oldnavy.com

High Seas. Anything sea related fits into this trend. From nautical looks, with anchors and sailor jackets, to pirate ships and skull tees to sea animals.
Harajuku Mini for Target® Toddler Boys’ Long Sleeve Octopus Tee- Available at Target.com

Harajuku Mini for Target® Infant Girls Stripe Sailor Romper- Available at Target.com

Mix Master. It’s time to have fun with patterns and break away from the ordinary. Mix up patterns you never thought you could put together like stripes and plaids. Quicksilver Tee and Shorts (Infant)- Available at Nordstrom.com

Monisha Kapur learned to spot trends while working in the fast-paced fashion industry. Look for her fashion advice on her blog, Retail Therapy Couch. A native New Yorker, Monisha lives in Seattle, WA with her 4-year old daughter, aka “assistant buyer”, and wonderful husband.