Tips for back to school clothes

August 1, 2013 8:54:53 AM PDT
We asked Philadelphia fashion consultant Nicole Cashman what's hot for back to school 2013. Her answers, some carryovers from last year, many innovations that came to light in spring and summer, and some things completely different. Here's a list of everything she showed us, including where to buy any piece you might find of interest:

GIRLS #1: "Pretty in Pink"
ON TREND: Colored Lace
Description: Let you little one feel like a princess in head-to-toe glam. Colored lace is huge this season and this fun and flowy top is extremely fashionable. We love these acid blue "jeggings" that give the polished look of denim with the flexibility and comfort kids need. To top it all off these sparkly leopard sneakers will be the talk of the playground!
The Children's Place, Pink Leopard Glittered Sneakers -$22.95
Macy's, Epic Threads Bright Rose Lace T-Shirt - $7.97
The Children's Place, Carters Skinny Jean Leggings - $18

BOYS #2: "Dapper Dude"
ON TREND: Denim Accents
Description: Chambray shirts aren't just for grown-ups anymore. Your little guy will love this soft, denim button down paired with tailored pants for a clean cut look. Match his shoes to his bag with these high top boat shoes that compliment this camouflage printed backpack both stylish yet, very affordable.
Macy's, Polo by Ralph Lauren Orange Shorts - $35
Macy's, Polo by Ralph Lauren Denim Long Sleeve Shirt - $33.75
The Children's Place, Brown Boat Shoes - $24.95
The Children's Place, Camouflage Backpack

MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL

OLDER GIRLS #1: "Flower Power"
ON TREND: Floral prints, oversized sweaters
Description: This teen will be the center of attention in these soft and stretchy floral jeans, paired with an oversized, chunky bohemian sweater. Make this look really pop with a flirty statement necklace and gladiator-inspired sandals. According to Teen Vogue, you can't go wrong with earthy tones and lots of leather this season-find this whole look at Kembrel!
Kembrel, Tag Elemental Michele 8 Rise Floral Printed Skinny Jeans - $60
Kembrel, Mink Pink View Finder Crop White Jumper - $79
Kembrel, Amanda Pink Necklace - $28
Kembrel, Bed Stu Claire Nectar Lux - $110
Kembrel, Harlow Ivory Floral Earrings - $19

OLDER BOYS #1: "Urban Prep-ster"
ON TREND: Lightweight Chinos, breezy windbreaker, bold button up, leather bag
Description: A fun guy with lots of personality will love to make a statement in this "Checked Out" button-up by 611. Pair this stand-out top with these amazingly lightweight and locally designed grey chino pant. For added comfort, we love these breathable canvas sneakers and windbreaker from Kembrel, finish off the look with this stylish, nude leather backpack. This tailored boy's look is fashion- forward and versatile for both inside and outside the classroom.
611, Checked Out Long Sleeve - $125
Kembrel, Life After Denim Slim Fit Chino Pants - $49
Kembrel, TM1985 Roll Top Sack - $374
Kembrel, Tretorn Skymra Canvas cream shoes - $70
Kembrel, Ben Sherman Lightweight Navy Jacket - $79
Huckstraps, Belt - $24.95

YOUNGER GIRLS #2: ON TREND: Skinny jeans, aztec blouse, chunky boots
Description: This is the perfect look for a girl on the go. Dark denim paired with this Aztec blouse is a chic way to be comfortable and fashionable this school year. Chunky suede combat boots are in-according to Seventeen Magazine! And don't forget to put on this statement earrings from Kembrel on your way out the door!
Kembrel, Etienne Marcel Kate Denim Skinny Jeans - $99
Kembrel, Kelsi Dagger Cyan Boots - Taupe Suede - $59
Kembrel, Earrings - $19

OLDER BOYS #2: "The Eco-conscious Trendsetter"
ON TREND: Colored shorts, eco-friendly accessories
Description: Show off your eco-friendly fashions in this laid back, casual boy's look. First we have this fun cotton tee from 611 with a pop of camo. We paired this look with a maroon pant and locally-made laptop case. We also love this cool Wewood watch from Kembrel made from real wood-the newest trend in sustainable fashion!
611, Dashing Afternoon Polo - $54
Kembrel, Wewood Metis Chocolate watch - $120
Kembrel, Wheelman & Co Laptop/Tablet Utility Case - $85
Kembrel, "Hey Dude" Vinci Blue - $80

WHERE TO SHOP:

Just as with fashions for adults, major department stores and name boutiques will feature all the latest trends for back-to-school.

They're likely to charge more for these pieces, but you can find similar looks at any price point, so shop where your budget "fits".

Well-known discounters like Kohl's, Target and Walmart pay attention to the same trends and will offer matching looks in their own range of brands.

If you;re looking for fashion advice, magazines that play to adults may not be your best choice. Teen magazines are more likely to show what you're looking for...more for girls than boys. But they do an especially good job of pointing you toward bargains, even mentioning websites more than the adult magazines do.

If you're shopping for younger students, don't overlook the "Mommy" blogs. These often talk about trends and where to find your must-buys at the best prices.

We shot our school fashion feature at the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Their ArtSplash exhibit is an ideal place for kids to visit. It includes the fillm, "Design for the Modern Child", spotlighting seventy years of innovation for kids.

It's on Fairmount Avenue just off Kelly Drive. Find them online at the Philadelphia Museum of Art or phone 215-763-8100.


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