By Heather Rouba
Back-to-school days are just around the corner. The hustle and bustle of school shopping is underway, and moms everywhere are stressing to help their children
decide on that perfect outfit for the first day of school. As we mature, we find ourselves abandoning the latest trends and holding strong to the unchangeable
classics. However, these cute little school kids need to be kept current and stylish! After all, chances are they are only wearing their wardrobes
for one season, so why not go for the trendiest of trends? Here are some of the latest styles for school-aged kids.
Floral is now present in all seasons. Often, the flowers are mixed with animal prints, leaves, fruits and other patterns.
Pants, dresses, shorts, blazers,
leggings, skirts, cardigans, T-shirts, shirts, vests and items such as handbags, shoes and caps now showcase various sizes and colors of flowers, all
aiming to give life to the combinations. Head to toe floral is the way to go!
It isn’t always easy to find striped pieces. Look for black and white or navy stripes, and pair them with a mix of patterns. There’s no rule on how to
wear stripes, which makes wearing this trend easy.
Faux fur pieces, vests in particular, have never been so pretty or cool. You can pick ones that are shaggy or sleek, nipped-in or swingy, depending on
the mood you're going for. Faux fur coats are also a must this season.
Jeans are everywhere this season and this trend doesn’t go out of fashion. Denim is a very versatile fabric that matches everything, and is used on everything
from dresses, collars, jumpers, skirts, tops and more.
Instead of vibrant colors, this year brings tones from the ‘50s and ‘60s. The post-war decade led women to embrace their femininity, and little people
are becoming more romantic in their color selection. Look for cotton candy pinks, and blues and yellows that are more subdued.
Sneakers this season go with everything! This trend is sure to make children happy, as comfort and freedom are key at the playground. Dresses, skirts,
pants for girls, button-up shirts and blazers for boys: anything goes with this trend! The high-top sneaker is also a big hit for school-aged kids.
Suspenders were created more than 200 years ago in order to replace the belt. The truth is that they’re back, not to replace something, but to give a touch
of style for the kids.
There are several materials used to make suspenders, but the most used and recommended for our little ones is elastic, which
brings flexibility and comfort. Boys can add a bowtie to this trend for added chic.
Overalls are a big trend for fall, found in all the top brand collections. They are very versatile and can be sporty and basic or more elegant and sophisticated,
depending on the fabric and accessories. Overalls can come in the form of the traditional denim, or can be more of a jumpsuit in knits or cotton fabrics.
This ‘80s/’90s trend is back this year in children’s wear. It is perfect for winter, but it’s also easily used in mid-season, and comes in lighter options
such as shorts, overalls and vests.
Like the stripes, polka dots have become a classic regardless of the season. One of the major origins for this trend is Walt Disney’s famous Minnie Mouse.
Mini or large polka dots are a print that goes well with everything. From basic to sophisticated, it offers a great deal of versatility.
Mixing prints is a huge trend with children’s clothing. Many brands are investing more in prints like animal patterns, florals and geometric prints. There
is no rule or formula to the mixing of prints – sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Try out this trend with a trial and error approach.
Fringe is found on boots, sandals, moccasins and flats this year. They are casual and can be worn with a variety of styles. There are options that will
go with cold or hot weather, which can be worn year-round.
Typically linked to water sports, this trend has come out of the water to appear in fashion clothing. This technological fabric now has more sophisticated
options, which are great for evening events. The best part is the fabric is made of rubber, so it injects immediate freshness in festive looks and
re-draws the lines of the body to make sure everything is in the right place.
Removable collars are trending in children’s fashion right now. They give a special touch for a look that completes the ensemble – the kind of accessory
that makes all the difference. Collars are often attached to a dress or blouse as well. These collars can be of different styles, from the plain and
simplest to those embroidered with rhinestones, lace, feathers, etc.
This famous tutu’s fabric is booming, and it’s no longer used only for ballet clothes, lining and costumes. Tulle is not only for skirts, but is also used
in leggings, blouses and dresses. The fabric comes in a variety of colors and often has patterns or embroidered motifs. To create a modern look, try
mixing the tulle, which is a more feminine fabric, with a heavier piece like a leather jacket or wool sweater.
The tartan plaid is a strong trend again this year. Tartan is a checkerboard pattern of prints, composed of different lines and colors. This casual fabric
can be incorporated in many ways, primarily with button-down shirts.
When shopping for this school year, make sure to invest in pieces that will last the longest. Carolyn Goldman, owner of Uptown Kids, says, “A few pieces
in solids are perfect for mixing and matching with patterned items. Layering of items is much easier when you have a solid to help break up the patterns.”
Also, keep in mind that these little ones are constantly growing. Carolyn recommends buying a size up for staple items that can work for both spring
and fall. Use these trend ideas to prepare your school-aged children for their next year of education. Back to school in style is the only way to go!