Gone are the days when your only options for jeans were button fly or zipper. Today's denim styles range from denim color or wash options (dark wash, vintage and colored) to pocket design and cut (boot cut, tapered leg) and even the material used in the denim. For instance, many jeans today have a touch of spandex added for added stretch and comfort.
Skinny jeans are a huge trend in denim for kids. Instead of the boot cut look that has been a popular trend in the past, jeans that have a straight leg or are tapered at the ankle look fresh and modern. For girls, check out the True Religion 'Julie-White Stitch' Skinny Jeans (currently on sale for $69) at Nordstrom or the Old Navy Super Skinny Jeans (pictured, right, $25). Boys will look cool wearing the Gap Skinny Jeans ($29.50) in whiskered dark gray wash.
Jeans that look old or destroyed (frayed edges, rips, worn-out fabric) are hotter than ever! If you don't have the time or energy to destroy a new pair of jeans, check out the Boys' Vintage Slim-Fit Tackler jean ($59.50) from J Crew or the Gap Straight Jeans (pictured, right, $44.50). Girls will love the distressed look of the Virgos 'Tomboy' Roll-Cuff jeans (on sale for $35.90) at Nordstrom.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, loose fitting jeans rolled up above the ankle are a huge trend for girls. Wear a colorful sash belt and pair with a solid tee and flats for a modern look. You can either borrow your brother's jeans or check out the Sash Boyfriend Jeans ($34.50) from Gap. Boys can wear this trend by wearing baggy jeans (not rolled up) and pairing them with a slip-on canvas shoe. The Gap Loose jeans ($34.50) are a good choice for boys.
Forget boring blue! Today's kids are spicing up their look in colorful denim. From hot pink to electric blue to rustic red, these bright jeans look great paired with a solid top or a graphic tee. Girls can paint their nails a matching shade for a fashion-forward look. Gap's Super Skinny Ponte Jeans ($24.50) are available in lipstick pink, electric jade and winter peony. This trend is toned down for boys, however jeans with a red wash (see picture at top of page) such as the Tractor Slim Straight Leg Jeans (on sale for $24.90) from Nordstrom, are a hip choice for boys.
Denim leggings (or jeggings) are a huge hit with girls. Combining the best of both worlds, the hip and sleek look of leggings with the look of denim, jeggings are not only comfortable, but ultra-trendy! Pair them with a belted tunic top and you have a look that puts your kids to the front of the class – and may even have moms looking for this style in their size! The Juicy Couture Denim Leggings ($78) feature a shimmering metallic logo script on the back pocket.
Stock up on a mix of solid and printed tops to go along with these hip denim trends and your child will be all set a stylish start to school.
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