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.
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
9, of Homewood
Pink cheetah leggings, $19.95,
Pink ballet flats with studs, $22.95, The Children's Place
Sequin ruffle tank, $14.95,
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,
Backpack, $44, Chooze
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,
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,
Casey Pallotta, 3, of Chicago
CLO poncho, $54, Twinkle Twinkle Little One, Chicago
CLO tie dye legging, $46, Twinkle Twinkle Little One,
CLO drop front top, $28, Twinkle Twinkle Little One, Chicago
Green Eyed Maven braidband, $40, Twinkle Twinkle Little One,