When back-to-school time rolls around each year, parents are usually thinking about their children’s school supply lists, teachers, classes, and what to make for lunch each day. I, however, have something else on my mind (and I don’t think I’m the only one): “What am I going to wear the first day of school?”
A lot of kids, from grade school children to high school seniors, are concerned about choosing just the perfect outfit. We want to start the year off right, and are often unsure what the new and popular trends and styles of the season are going to be.
Geri Corrigan, director of marketing and branding at the Darien Sports Shop (dariensport.com) in Darien says, “The trends for girls this fall will be graphic tees and pullovers from Wildfox, Junk Food, and Zara Terez, cozy sweaters from Mayoral, skinny jeggings from DL1961, Tractor, Joe’s and Hudson, and faux fur vests.”
Corrigan adds that open wrap cardigans, printed athletic leggings, base layer camis, knit pants, and a great pair of jeans will be key pieces for girls this fall.
Boys, she says, can expect to find lots of athletic tees and pants from Nike and Under Armour, preppy one-quarter zip pullovers and performance knits from johnnie-O (a West Coast line of preppy clothes), and Vineyard Vines, and fleece from North Face in stores.
Not all of the fashion trends this fall are new; in fact, many are being recycled. “Some of the trends are ones that we have seen in previous years,” explains Caren Forbes, owner of the Caren Forbes Boutique (carenforbes.com) in New Canaan. “This fall is plaid, plaid, plaid. Hoodies, flannel shirts, blanket scarves, and even plaid headbands and little scarves tied at the neck. Yes, they are making a comeback … Madonna meets Taylor.” Patterns, styles and colors from the 70s are also returning, Caren says.
Decades also merge this back-to-school season, with bomber jackets (fur-trimmed for winter), bell-bottoms, snap front mini-skirts, rompers, prints, florals, denim and lace are coming together in a new, big way.
Back to the future
Other fall trends: Fashions inspired by the 1980s, including bright neon colors, printed t-shirts, bohemian dresses, denim shorts and long sleeve flannels, even for young children, according to Elizabeth Cerrea, owner of Candy Nichols (candynicholskids.com) in New Canaan. “Think neon and Madonna,” she states, adding that the store carries Kissy Kissy, Angel Dear, Deux nar Deux, Pink Ginger, So Nikki, leTop, Ragdolls and Rockets, Quiksilver, johnnie-O, Joules, Mulberribush clothing lines, among others.
These may be the trends this fall, but that doesn’t mean you have to pack your kids’ entire summer wardrobe away. Many summer pieces can easily transition into the fall and winter wardrobes. “Girls can wear their summer go-to baby doll swing dresses with any pair of boots,” says Forbes. “Don’t stop wearing your cutoffs (along with the sand from vacation still in the pockets!), and pair them with an off-the-shoulder top or a flannel tied around the waist and, again, a pair of booties.” As for boys, Corrigan states, “They can wear their Vineyard Vines Shep shirts and johnnie-O one-quarter zips all through the cold seasons.”
In addition to looking great, an outfit should be practical for the unpredictable New England fall and winter weather. Forbes and Cerrea agree that this can be done by layering pieces and adding accessories, which will be a huge trend this fall. Girls can wear a long-sleeve flannel shirt with denim shorts, a tank top with a long-sleeve cardigan, and an oversized sweater or hoodie under a leather bomber jacket.
Kids express themselves through their fashion, but this can be difficult if your child has to wear a school uniform or must follow a specific dress code. Blog site http://blog.brightlifedirect.com/how-to-express-your-personality-despite-a-uniform-or-dress-code/2417/#school-uniforms explains how students can add their own creative touch to their uniforms or outfits with accessories: “Boys can add a colorful or interesting patterned belt, tie, or pair of socks. Girls can mix it up with some stylish infinity scarves, necklaces, brightly colored headbands, chunky bracelets, or some dangly earrings. These accessories can also be worn by students who don’t have uniform requirements.”
Bags with tassels (anything with tassels, really), fringe, and lace will all be popular accessories this fall, as will the emoji craze, which will be on just about everything from hair accessories to purses. Choker necklaces will also be a staple accessory, since they add a bold touch to any outfit.
Other accessory trends include backpacks and lunch bags, which have become fashion accessories, faux fur and infinity scarves, tassel-trimmed belts, wrap bracelets, leather cuffs, customized word bracelets, floppy hats, and initial jewelry for girls, while boys can choose emoji key chains, printed ties, and Happy Socks.