Spring trends 2009

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

When thinking of spring fashion trends, color almost always comes to mind. And this spring we're thinking green!

Did you know that bamboo is an eco-friendly, sustainable fiber with natural anti-bacterial properties? What about the definition of organic cotton? It's cotton grown without pesticides from plants that are not genetically modified.

We found two boutiques right here in Columbus, Fireflies and Fairytales and Substance, that are keeping the planet in mind. They are becoming eco-friendly, while still staying fashionable.

We had the chance to sit down with expert and owner, Amber Kuehn from Fireflies and Fairytales, located in Upper Arlington. Kuehn said, "Organic has evolutionized to brighter colors. As the children's industry has found more resources for organic materials, it has come full-circle." She added, "You can now find cute styles in great colors from infants to toddlers. The line Kicky Pants is helping us to go green in children's wear. Parents will love the layered dresses they offer, as well as the ruffle-bottom onesies for girls, and hip pants and polos for boys." When given the opportunity, pop into Fireflies and Fairytales. Kuehn has an amazing variety of clothing, accessories and toys.

Let's look at more of the trends for 2009.

Ruffles, ruffles and more ruffles

Available at Fireflies and Fairytales,

manufactured by Kicky Pants, kickypants.com.

$35 and up, sizes 0-12 mos.

95 percent bamboo, 5 percent cotton

Phinnaeus & Hazel

(Julia Roberts' twins)

We love the bright colors of the Underwraps kimono one piece.

The perfect gift for eco-friendly parents (and the little one).

Available at Land of Nod, landofnod.com, manufactured by Baby Soy.

$23, available in sizes 0-12 mos., 50 percent soybean fiber (natural

soybean fibers are super soft), 50 percent cotton

Mix and match Maddox

(son of Angelina Jolie)

Maddox wore this adorable tee so much, he made it famous! Get one for the little man in your life.

Available at Fireflies and Fairytales, manufactured by Appaman, appaman.com.

$32, 100 percent cotton

Pair with Lapsaky colorgrown green beach pants available at greenedgekids.com

(sewn by work-at-home moms for fair wages).

$23, sizes 2-8, 100 percent organic cotton

Avant-garde Ava

(daughter of Reese Witherspoon)

This two-piece outfit will be the envy of all your mommy friends.

Available at Fireflies and Fairytales, manufactured by Halabalou.

Top $38, skirt $65

Socialite Suri

(daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes)

Have fun with colors and prints, and mix and match layers. We especially like the

contrast of the fuchsia top with the orange print sweater. Available at J. Crew, jcrew.com.

Cotton sleeveless ruffle collar top: $42, sizes XS-XXL (2-10)

Cotton trellis cardigan: $58, sizes XS-XXL (2-10)

Relaxed Ryder

(son of Kate Hudson)

Bartlett pond polo in light pink (various colors to choose from), available at abercrombiekids.com.

$30, sizes S-XL, 100 percent cotton

Beckhorn trail cargo short in orange (various colors to choose from), available at

abercrombiekids.com. $44, sizes 8-16, 100 percent cotton

Runaround Roberts

(Julia, that is)

One-of-a-kind Supima cotton cardigan. Collection unveils on February 26. Made

in-house from a private label and available at Substance, fcpcares.com.

V-neck half-sleeve starting at $60

Bicoastal Brad

(Pitt, as if you didn't know)

Diaper bag for dudes, available at Land of Nod, landofnod.com.

$55 in black, gray and navy

Wardrobe Therapy, LLC is a fashion-consulting firm located in Columbus that provides style and wardrobe services for individuals. Elizabeth Bean Smith and Meredith Piccin founded the company in August 2006. The two work closely with each client during an "in-closet" evaluation where they edit, purge and style the client. Their services focus on getting the most from your current wardrobe, while identifying future items that complement your lifestyle. To learn more about the company, visit their Web site at wardrobetherapyllc.com.