If you've been dreading the back-to-school clothes-shopping
spree, don't fret. This year, we teamed up with some of the best
brands in the biz to tap the trends that will take your fashionable
kiddo straight to the top of his class (at least in the looks
department). Fall clothing is colorful, cool and easy to wear
(think jeggings and cargos) and can be mixed and matched (read easy
on your wallet).
Check out our behind-the-scenes video from the
"This year is definitely going to be a more colorful season for
back-to-school," says Michael Giannelli, designer at The Children's
Place. "We're offering back-to-school styles that are 'wear-now'
appropriate, so you'll see more short sleeves, shorts and
In addition, parents can expect to see a little more "retro,"
says Lynn Husum of Appaman.
Designers are keeping the basics, but adding twists like pops of
color or different fabrics. "We're making corduroy jeans in fine
wale for girls and wide wale for boys in vivid colors and neutral
this season," says Sara Louise Petty, vice president of Trend,
Color, Concept from RUUM American Kid's Wear.
Parents want a good value.
"I look for a current style that is up to date and fits," says
Guadalupe Terrazas, mother of Juan, 10, our cover kid.
Tanisha Calhoun Jimmerson says her daughter, Amani, 12, shops
for her own clothes but that it's sometimes hard to find
age-appropriate clothes. "I look for anything layered."
Photos were taken at the beautiful Museum of
Contemporary Art by photographer Thomas M. Kubik.