The Fabric Maverick says... Test your Back 2 School Savvy
This is the time to find out whether you are the mom who has fashion sense (Cool Mom) or just another hopeless fuddy duddy (Dorky Mom). As if you did not have enough to do already, you have to be a fashion coordinator for your children. I am only going to address fashions for girls from 6 years old to 11 years old. Here are the trends for the 2008-2009 school year:
- Color Me Happy
- Cute and Casual
- Punky Princess
Color Me Happy includes combo colors- fuchsia is combined with black, rich green is combine with navy, turquoise is combined with brown.
Cute and casual is the layered look. Combine t-shirts, little shrugs, hoodies and denim. This is for the girl who wants to be comfortable but yet fashionable.
Punky Princess- Pink is hot with the punky princess. Mix it with black and white stripes, some glitzy jewelry and cool shoes. This is a rockin look!
These are the must haves in her wardrobe:
- Plaid is back in shorts or skimmers
- Babydoll and trapeze tops
- Capri length leggings
- Feminine Flats
- Cool Hoody or Zippy
- Graphic Print T-shirts
- Pretty dress
- Jazzy bag
- Fun jewelry
To me, denim is a fashion staple. It is never out of style. Denim will be hot for all ages this year. Preppy is creeping back in new ways with plaids. Hot colors are fuchsia and turquoise mixed with neutrals such as chocolate and black. Anything with Hannah Montana or High School musical is hot with the under thirteen crowd.
I sent Victoria out to the stores to see if these trends are out there. She has reported back. She saw graphic t-shirts, little skirts with shorts underneath, leggings were everywhere, plaid shorts and capris, stripes are hot and Hannah Montana. There were little shrug jackets in plaid with matching skirts. The plaids were combined with metallic buckles. Hot shoe looks are ballet flats and short boots. One very cute outfit was a babydoll top in black and white stripes that had little skulls in the white stripe. This was combined with black leggings.
You can duplicate a lot of these looks by sewing some items for your child. Mothers are looking for easy care clothes like denims and knits. Here are a couple of patterns sure to be a hit with your daughter! Simplicity pattern 3716. It has many of looks that are popular- short hoodie jacket, flippy skirt layered with a t-shirt. McCall's pattern M5698 is the classic jumper reinvented. It has the little bubble hem at the bottom. This would be perfect in denim, corduroy or lightweight wool.
First make sure you know what the school will allow your child to wear. Many schools will not let girls wear tank tops of any kind. Do not stock up at the beginning of the school year. What fits now may not fit in three months. Do buy a couple of new outfits. Kids like to wear a new outfit the first day of school. Since the weather still says summer, shop the clearance racks. Buy just what you need for now. There will be sales on Labor Day and Columbus Day. If the clothes fit your child now, buy a size larger. Otherwise, it will be too small when it is time to wear it. Do not buy shoes until your child has been a couple of weeks into school. They will tell you what shoes their buddies are wearing. Before shopping, check to see if you can find coupon.
I hope that you have found out you are a cool Mom. If not just join the rest of us!
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