We all know what a hassle back to school can be, this is cool, that is cool..........what is cool now?? Recently I was given a chance to meet up with style expert Nicole Feliciano and discuss this school years hot trends, and ways to help your family get ready for the coming school year.
Trends this year seem to be headed back to a time I know to well........80s here we come! That's right just think of it this way, if Madonna liked it your daughter will probably want it to. Popular jean brand l.e.i. is back at it with their colored denim, which is not only going to be popular with girl but with boys as well. Oh yes you heard me colored jeans are coming back for boys as well. While I am talking about jeans and boys the rocker look is coming back. I'm not talking skin tight skinny jeans but buying them a little snug this year is sure to please. If you have a boy with a smaller waist then Wrangler has the product for you, with their new adjustable waist jeans even the most difficult waist can find a good fitting pair of jeans. When it comes to shirts it may surprise you a little what is coming in. Vintage wear for girls is a big big yes this season! I bet you wish you were a hoarder now huh?!? For boys and tweens there are character print t-shirts as well as plaid. The layered look is going to be very popular this fall, and don't be afraid to let them layer their plaids and prints together. Looking for something more basic?? Hanes has a great new line out that won't fade or shrink. You can layer short sleeve with long sleeve as the weather gets cooler. Doing this will also help stretch your budget.
We didn't just talk about the new products that were available but how you can help your family save money this school year, and keep in style. First great tip was to shop your closet, bringing a great fashion trend to life doesn't just mean going out and buying what is on the shelf. Going through you closet can help you establish a baseline of what you have. Get three containers (keep, sell, wear) and clean it out good. Besides when you bring home the new clothes you don't want to have to buy new hangers to. You can also dress up those old pants, skirts and shorts. For pants find some nice belts, glitter and neon are in this season for girls so make it sparkle! For your shorts and skirts pick up a couple pairs of leggings. Footless leggings are really popular not only with kids but at school, no more hassle when dealing with those slips and falls of traditional leggings. Walmart has a great selection of everything you need this school year.
Uniforms? While I am so happy we don't have to wear them here I know it is a growing trend all around the country. Help your child find their individuality with great head bands and socks. Neon and glitter all around this season, good news is you won't lose your child.lol For younger kids spice things up with superheros and Hello Kitty. Backpacks are also a big trend setter when it comes to uniforms so let your child pick out the one they love.
Drama? We have your drama...and some great ideas to help survive. Pre-shop, yep get out some catalogs and jump online and look around. You and your children can discuss outfits before those embarrassing store meltdowns happen. If they know what is acceptable before they head into the store then you will be saved a big headache. On your first shopping trip spend only a portion of your budget, we all know it is coming, that first day jealousy moment were Bridget has cooler stuff and it is no fair! If you wait to finish your shopping till after school starts you can make your wallet and your child happy.
Remember back to school doesn't have to be hard at all :) with some time and planning everyone can be happy. Most states have a tax free weekend so look for yours, here is Texas it is August 9th-11th.