5 Trending Hari Raya Kidswear Styles

By Rohaizatul Azhar

With the month of Ramadan coming to end, it means Hari Raya Puasa is just around the corner, and for the Muslim community, it’s a time of visiting family and friends, while dressed up in new clothes. When it comes to shopping for new outfits for little ones for this occasion, parents are definitely spoiled for choice.

From modern takes on the traditional baju kurungs to new styles of mixing and matching, brands are pulling out all the stops to ensure that the kids look stylish over the Hari Raya period, and here are five trends that we’ve spotted this year.

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1. It’s All In The Sleeves

From left: Embun Bell Sleeves Kurung – Nude and Embun Bell Sleeves Kurung – Teal from MAISON Q

Tiered, Bell, Flared and the likes. If this year’s options for Raya outfits are anything to go by, sleeves are the focus of many kidswear labels. Think 1950s silhouettes meet Malay cinema screen legends, such as Saloma and Sarimah. At homegrown label Maison Q, traditional baju kurung, done in brocade fabrics in rich jewel tones, is given a playful twist with tiered sleeves. Across the causeway, Malaysian kidswear labels have also jumped on the bandwagon. These include Deir, which added ribbons and bows to their bell-sleeved designs, and Pokoks kept it simple and minimalist with their take on the flared sleeves.

From left: POKOKS Pink from Fashionvalet.comDeir Ma Poupee Peplum Kurung by Deir, from Fashionvalet.com

2. Peplum with a twist

From left: AereKIDS Aurora Mini Duo in Maroon ; Baby Jihan in Cobalt Blue by Jovian Mandagie


From asymmetrical hemlines to ruffles that cascade down into a peplum hemline, the design motif certainly adds interest to the look. AereKIDS added asymmetrical side ruffles for a more exaggerated touch to the peplum top. Meanwhile, one of Malaysia’s top womenswear designers, Jovian Mandagie, gave his printed peplum top a refreshing spin by adding an asymmetrical hemline that drapes down the side.

3. Go with the Flow

From left: The Amaya grey skants from Maison Q; Kaftan by Kooshboo 

If you’re not into traditional baju kurungs this year, fret not. Some of the styles trending are loose flowing kaftans and – wait for it – jumpsuits. At Singapore label In Love by TNS, loose-fitting, flowing kaftan jumpsuits for girls that marry tradition with modernity. Over at Kooshboo, the Middle East seems to be the point of inspiration with pastel coloured kaftans made from soft natural cotton fabrics. Maison Q, on the other hand, added a touch of edge to its traditional designs with the pairing of skants – a combination of skirt and pants – to its brocade tops.

Kaftan jumpsuit by In Love By TNS

4. Paddle pop hues

From left: HARRIS Baju Melayu Set by Kooshboo; Leo Baju Melayu Set by Vanderlyle; The Wau Festique Baju Melayu Set in Tiffany by POKOKS

Last year’s pastel trend for the boys is not going away anytime soon. In fact, these paddle pop shades of blue, green, yellow and pink are back stronger than ever. To give it a fresh spin, brands have taken to playing with the overall silhouette or adding interesting details, such as printed sampins (a sarong-style cloth worn with the baju kurung), nehru collar (standing collar), and embroidery.

 

5. Princess Dreams

From tulle skirts to tutukurungs, your little girl’s dreams of being a fairy tale princess might just come true, at least when they dress for this year’s Raya. At Jovian Mandagie, pieces are named after Disney princesses as the Malaysian designer gives his own take on the iconic gowns. Done in collaboration with Brunei’s kidswear label Sugar Sugar, the collection features dresses named after Belle from Beauty & the Beast, Esmerelda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and even Moana. Each look comes with tiered tulle skirts in bright bold colours.

 

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