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Back to Basics: Classic Looks Top Back-to-School Fashion Trends


By M'Lynn Hoefer and Kristin Karpinsky

Here's a common Mom dilemma: It's two weeks into the new school year, the bus will be at your house in five minutes, and your child is still in her pajamas, sitting at the counter eating breakfast. The only thing handy (and clean) to throw on her is a plain T-shirt and jeans.

No worries...she'll be in style for the season ahead. Basic is back: The 2007 fall fashion forecast predicts there will be a movement away from last year's trend of over-embellished garments to a cleaner, less "bling-bling" look. When shopping for kids' school clothing this fall, expect to see more classic looks with a modern twist popping up in stores. Styling will be more subtle and age-appropriate.

So you want to get your little fashionista the latest and greatest but don't know where to start? Fall fashion musts for girls include tailored silhouettes, jumpers, A-line and bubble skirts, and dresses, dresses and more dresses. Look for kimono-styled tunics and empire-waist dresses worn over leggings and jeans. Also popular for fall are palazzo pants, shrugs, denim and hoodies. Gray, purple, pink, pumpkin, red and fuchsia are hot for fall. To complete the look, a tailored pair of riding boots is a must. Ultra-versatile, these boots look great with a dress or jeans. Ballet flats and Mary Janes are also popular.

For fashion-forward boys, pick up fleece hoodies, rugby shirts with crests and crowns, and button-downs with graphic appliqu├ęs, smocking or embroidery. Jeans will have a worn, deconstructed look with raw edges and contrast stitching. You'll see more sophisticated urban wear for boys with a new twist on this popular style: tailored pants, scaled-down logos and abstract artwork. Music graphics and vintage school colors along with gray, olive and navy are also on trend. Look for boots in muted tones and warm hues.

Menswear-inspired clothing will be popular for both girls and boys. This will include classic designs from the past with sweet, subtle details for a modern twist. Fabricated out of tweeds, tartan plaids, herringbones and argyles, these collections have a formal but retro feel. Expect to see unique fabric combinations; think herringbone jacket with a soft, ruffled sweater collar or classic trousers with a denim waistband. Pleated skirts, pintuck dresses, tailored blazers, vests and pants in shades of gray and brown, jazzed up with jewel tones, will offer a fabulous option for dressing up your little ones.

And, if you tend toward natural products and share a passion for what is good for both your children and the environment, you're in luck. The organic market is growing by leaps and bounds. Look for pure organic (grown with no use of pesticides) cotton clothing and garments fabricated with wool from animals that aren't on antibiotics and eat an organic diet. You'll find fashion forward onesies to high-end cashmere sweaters in natural earthy colors, thanks to dyes that are made with low-impact soy based ink.

M'Lynn Hoefer is co-owner and Kristen Karpinsky is the in-house designer at Twin Cities-based children's clothing company Tirza Baby. With three kids each, they're putting their fashion expertise to use at work -- and at home. For more information, visit www.tirzababy.com.

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