To Class With Class
Life imitates the small screen in this back-to-school season as television's hottest shows inspire the most fashionable looks for students.
summer into fall
Linda DeFranco, director of product trend analysis for Cotton Incorporated says, "With just a few key pieces, like zippered hoodies, leggings and denim jackets, parents can prepare their child's summer wardrobe for fall while still keeping a careful eye on their household budgets." Supplementing summer wear with just a few heavier-weight items that can transition into autumn ensures they are always comfortably and appropriately dressed for the changing weather.
peace, love and great fashion
Some themes you'll see in kids' fashions this season include neon and feel-good prints such as peace signs, butterflies and flowers -- interesting, considering these kids are too young to have known and celebrated the 1960s (and the 80s, when the look returned). To kids now, these looks are fresh and exciting.
Expect to see peasant tops and fringe, even a moccasin or two as children embrace their inner boho, just as starlets such as Nicole Richie and Miley Cyrus. Celebrity stylist Art Conn, adviser to American Idol, says, "[There's] a fashion freedom that was celebrated in the late 1960s that kids connect with."
the mini-me look
Don't be surprised to find racks filled with shrunken-down versions of the same clothes you and your spouse are wearing as you comb the racks for back-to-school items. The fashion industry calls it
the "mini-me" trend. Styles include camoflage infused with orange, as well as peasant shirts and premium denim in the same cuts and washes as the adult versions, just sized down.
A kid's natural freedom of expression allows her to pull off the mismatched look of polka dots with stripes, and florals with plaids. Clothing companies actually are marketing mismatched