Fashion trend report: Hanging with the hip kids

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 photoshoot.

"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 skirts."

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."

f 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).
"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 skirts."
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 laye

Photos were taken at the beautiful Museum of Contemporary Art by photographer Thomas M. Kubik.

 
 

Juan A. Terrazas,

10, of Lombard

Skinny red jeans, $29.95,

The Children's Place

Jean jacket, $24.95, The Children's Place

Plaid shirt, $16.95, The Children's Place

 

 
 

Leily Rendon-Sanchez, 8, of Palos Hills

Sequin zip front hoodie, $39.50, RUUM

Short sleeve tee in turquoise and gems, $9.99, Target

Zippered ponte pant, $29.50, RUUM

 

 
 

Chloe Ochoa,

9, of Homewood

Pink cheetah leggings, $19.95,

The Children's Place

Pink ballet flats with studs, $22.95, The Children's Place

Sequin ruffle tank, $14.95,

The Children's Place

 

 
 

Amani Trenee,

12, of Chicago

Sugar Lips tank top, $17, Crush Boutique, Chicago

Joe's tie dye jeans, $64, Crush Boutique, Chicago

Cherokee beach wash with white dots jean jacket, $19.99, Target

Backpack, $44, Chooze

 

Jamie Mackenzie,

12, of Frankfort

White lace tee, $9.99, Kohl's

Denim vest, $19.95, The Children's Place

Ribbon pom pom skirt, $19.95, The Children's Place

 

 
 

Wilton Vazquez, 9, of Chicago

Vintage cardigan, $71, Appaman

Joseph Vazquez, 7, of Chicago Striped blue henley, $55,

Appaman

 

 
 

Nasir Zimmerman, 5, of Oak Park.

Puffy vest, $64, Appaman

Fleece hoodie with Indian logo, $36.50, RUUM

Stoned jeans, $26.50, RUUM

 

 
 

Katie Tam, 6, of Chicago

Pep Rally plaid skirt, $47,

Appaman. Intarsia sweater, $60, Appaman. Backpack, $40, Chooze

 

Casey Pallotta, 3, of Chicago

CLO poncho, $54, Twinkle Twinkle Little One, Chicago

CLO tie dye legging, $46, Twinkle Twinkle Little One, Chicago

CLO drop front top, $28, Twinkle Twinkle Little One, Chicago

Green Eyed Maven braidband, $40, Twinkle Twinkle Little One, Chicago

 

 
 
 







 
 
 
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