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August 18, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Back-to-school cool: Get straight-A’s in style with on-trend looks


By Kristin Kalning / Special to Sunday Market

Yes, this seemingly endless summer will, in fact, come to an end. And when it does, the kids will need back-to-school clothes. Here are some top trends for the upcoming school year.

Hometown pride

Seattle pride is at an all-time high, thanks in large part to the Seahawks. Students can show their hometown love with Casual Industrees’ N Dub Collage Crew Sweatshirt ($50 at Zumiez), featuring the local brand’s distinctive NW logo on the back.

Pair it with Strideline Crew Socks ($14 at Seattle Team Shop) in Seahawks colors, or support another local team, such as the Huskies or Sounders, with the line’s various color combos.

Looking for a reward for straight A’s last year? Spring for a Seahawks Jersey ($150 at The Pro Shop), featuring the name and number of your kid’s favorite player. Or give them a Hawks item that’s also practical, such as a Seahawk Lanyard ($9 at Seattle Team Shop), which will help them keep track of their keys.

Of course, football isn’t the only game in town. Get Sounders fans a Rave Green jersey, such as the Adidas Youth Home Replica Jersey ($65 at Dick’s Sporting Goods). They can show their love for baseball with the Mariners New Era Heather Trucker 9Fifty Snapback Cap ($30 at Seattle Team Shop). And fans of our departed (but never forgotten) Sonics can sport the lime-green retro-cool SuperSonics Mitchell and Ness Snapback ($30 at Seattle Team Shop).

’90s flashback

Fashion is continually recycled, and looks from the ’90s — which brought us MC Hammer pants and hair scrunchies — are back in vogue.

The era’s preppy look, made popular by the movie “Clueless,” can be had with the Cher-like like Joe B Plaid Skater Skirt ($18 at Kohl’s) or the boxy AEO Tipped V-Neck Sweater ($45 at American Eagle Outfitters). Guys can channel the big-man-on-campus look with H&M’s Baseball Jacket ($35).

If preppy isn’t your kids’ thing, how about grunge? Plaid, always trendy in Seattle, is on the national radar once again. For girls, the look is long and comfy, such as BDG’s Obie Flannel Button-Down Shirt ($49 at Urban Outfitters). Boys’ styles should be roomy enough for layering, such as Empyre Predator’s Plaid Button Up ($40 at Zumiez).

High-waist pants — as in up to the belly button — with a skinny leg are huge with teen and ’tween girls. Try Hollister’s Ryan High Rise Super Skinny Jeans (on sale for $25), which come in seven washes, or Topshop’s Moto Joni Acid Wash High Rise Skinny Jeans ($65 at Nordstrom). Yes, you read that right: Acid wash has made a comeback, too.


Though skinny is still king, comfort is key for fall. Joggers — popular with guys in the UK last year — are making a splash stateside. Boys can pair the BDG Knit Jogger Pant ($49 at Urban Outfitters) with Nike’s Roshe Run sneakers ($75 at Foot Locker) for a look that’s not too over the top.

Girls have been wise to the “soft pant” trend for a while. They can expand their arsenal with H&M Loose Fit Pants ($18) or Forever 21’s Boho Harem Pants ($12).

Boho chic

Bohemian style is expected to remain hot into fall. The look is very Stevie Nicks, with lots of drapey sweaters, peasant blouses, long, printed skirts and floppy hats. To get the look, pair the American Rag Open Front Cardigan ($49) and Printed Maxi Skirt ($39, both at Macy’s) with a ’70s-style hat, such as the Braided Trim Felt Panama Hat ($39 at Urban Outfitters).

Graphic tees

Graphic T-shirts continue to be a staple, and there’s something to suit every style. Boys can keep the feeling of summer alive with the Hollister Boat Canyon T-Shirt (on sale for $10), or support their favorite hero with a Design R+D T-Shirt ($24 at Macy’s) featuring Batman, Star Wars characters or Rocky.

Standouts for girls include Obey’s Make Art Not War tees ($25–$30 at Zumiez) and the Disney Frozen Elsa and Anna Tee ($24 at Kohl’s) — worn ironically, of course.


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