It may technically still be summer outside, but all eyes are on fall as back-to-school fashion takes center stage.
Many of fall's hottest styles for kids are miniature versions of the looks their teenage siblings and even their young, hip parents have been rocking for a couple of seasons.
“It seems like things start out in the adult market,” said Kelly Smith, owner of Keedo Kids Clothes at the Shoppes at Northpark. “If styles make it and look like they're going to be a trend, they trickle down into the younger kids' market.”
Girls eye colorful jeans
For girls, the first day of school will feature a rainbow of colorful skinny jeans, Smith said.
Just like their teenage big sisters, elementary school-age girls are itching for colorful skinny jeans this season, a trend that has been popular since fall 2011.
But for little girls, the jeans aren't as skintight as they are for their big sisters. At Uptown Kids in Classen Curve, you can even find straight-leg colorful jeans, in addition to the skinny-at-the-ankle style.
“The colors are all over the board,” Smith said. In jeans, the rule seems to be the brighter, the better. For summer, yellow, turquoise, white and pink were the rage. For fall, skinny jeans will take on hues including teal, brick red, purple and orange.
Boys this season will take a style tip from Manny, the sharp-dressed youth from TV's “Modern Family.” From hats to blazers, a strong trend for boys is to look rugged yet tailored and put-together.
“ ‘Little man' is totally the big trend,” said Carolyn Goldman, owner of Uptown Kids in Classen Curve.