BACK-TO-SCHOOL FASHION TRENDS, KIDS & TEENS

What to watch for in classic classroom style and updates in that ol' staple, denim.
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What to watch for in classic classroom style and updates in that ol' staple, denim.

Sometimes I write lifestyle stories for print publications. This back-to-school piece for a national newspaper seems a bit late, I know, but it was to have run a few weeks back. It didn't thanks to unexpected space issues, so I'm running it here in case any of you still has BTS shopping to finish.

Old Navy kids and Old Navy

Old Navy kids and Old Navy

One of the best things about back-to-school fashion is that clothing styles for kids and youths are fairly classic: superheroes, sports, pattern-mixing, bright colours and a seasoning of mustard, burgundy and cosy brown. Makes hand-me-downs a lot easier, right? #reality

Tony Hawk apparel, footwear and accessories for boys and men (sizes 4 to 20), from $8 to $20 CAd for boys and $10 to $30 CAd for men; available at 405 Walmart locations in Canada

Tony Hawk apparel, footwear and accessories for boys and men (sizes 4 to 20), from $8 to $20 CAd for boys and $10 to $30 CAd for men; available at 405 Walmart locations in Canada

That said, there are some trends to watch for this Fall according to Afiya Francisco, mom to two young boys, founder of thestylehouse.ca and style expert on CTV's Your Morning and Global's Morning Show. 

Gap, Gap Kids, Gap

Gap, Gap Kids, Gap

"Yes, we're seeing denim again," Afiya says. "But what's noteworthy is that we're seeing boxier cuts, like "boyfriend" jackets, a little roomier and layer-friendly. In finishes, distressed looks are coming back, as well as patchwork and colour blocking."

Girls metallic high-top sneaker, Winners, $39.95

Girls metallic high-top sneaker, Winners, $39.95

Metallic accents are big this season too, "so shiny they're almost foil."

Old Navy kids and Old Navy

Old Navy kids and Old Navy

I kind of love one trend in particular: Afiya says there's a fun twinning or mini-me thing happening. "You notice similar items in the adult and kid sections when you go through a family one-stop shop like The Gap, Zara or Old Navy," she says. "And it's tastefully done, not kitchy."

Redfish Kids: great stuff on sale

Redfish Kids: great stuff on sale

One more thing: "This is a great time to pick up summer items on sale for the kids to wear next May, June and so on," says Afiya. #smartshopping

Are you already done with any back-to-school kid-stuff you needed to do?

Image sources: Old Navy, Gap, The Children's Place, Redfish Kids, Sears, Winners, Marshalls, Walmart