As more and more adult clothing designers dance into the world of children’s, influences direct from the runway are surfacing in youthful, yet sophisticated ways that appeal to parent and kid alike.

Designers brought us a diverse palette of trends to play with for Spring 2012. Here are four fun and fresh ready-to-wear trends that translate seamlessly into the world of mini. An exploration of items perfect for a low-key staycation or a fabulous jaunt to a sunny locale this Spring Break. Get triple mommy bonus points for picking up pieces that will do double duty for spring holidays and carry you through casual and dressy summer occasions.

Trend: Trench Coats

Inspiration: Kanye & Kate

From the Louis Vuitton Don to the Duchess of Cambridge, celebs are rocking spring weight trenches. Seem like an extreme choice for your little dude or dudette? I disagree. Perfect for the non-March like weather we are experiencing, or questionable weather in your vacation destination, the trench is terribly versatile. Lightweight and most often waterproof, it looks polished enough for dress or casual and will pack easily in junior’s Spring Break suitcase. Mini-Trenches by Mayoral and TOOBYDOO.

Trend: Tribal Prints

Inspiration: Spring 2012 Michael Kors Ready to Wear

Here’s hoping that Spring Break 12’ takes you to Bali or Bora Bora, but if not pick up on this tribal clothing trend, stick an umbrella in your chardonnay and straight up pretend. Ikat, block  and medallion prints ruled the runways for Spring and look so new in kids. Here’s another trend that boys and girls can rock side by side with terrific adaptations from  Tea Collection, Egg Baby, LAmade, & Splendid.

Trend: Colorblock

Inspiration: Phillip Lim Spring 2012 Collection

This simple and understated runway trend translates beautifully into children’s wear. Options this Spring from Splendid, LAmade, TOOBYDOO and Mayoral give this look a run for its money on trend. Dressy or casual, keep colorblock looks coupled with clean lines and solid colors just as designer Phillip Lim did in his Spring 12’ fashion show.

Trend: Ruffles

Inspiration: Spring 2012 Chanel and Christian Dior, Ready to Wear

Ruffles and kids clothes go together like…well, ruffles and kids clothes. This natural match is feminine and pretty but it can go really wrong if you are not careful. In your wardrobe, and the wardrobe of your mini-me stick to one ruffled piece in your look at a time.  Couple ruffled silhouettes with a sleek pant, or simple legging to keep the look modern and fresh. The rule is simple ,no matter what your age, don’t double down on this trend. Kids looks by Splendid, Mayoral, LAmade, & Llum.