This year, back-to-school fashions include bright colors and bold patterns, as well as leggings and denim, local retailers said.
At Geppetto’s in downtown Crown Point, owner Barbara Bonick said she is getting plenty of colorful stripes, patterns and plaids in her back-to-school fall lines.
“Night-watch plaid, which is green and navy, and red Scottish plaid, are popular,” Bonick said. “So are hot colors like hot pink and purple.”
She said older girls are trending towards gray and pinks and browns, but girls of all ages like sparkles, and sequins. Animal prints, especially leopard and zebra, are trends that never seems to go out of style, she said.
Bonick said her store, which carries clothes for girls up to Size 14, is also selling a lot of leggings and leather-looking leggings, especially for junior high school girls.
“They’re wearing the leggings with a graffiti-style shirt that might be longer,” she said. “They’re also taking last year’s pieces and using jewelry to switch the look up from one year to the next.”
Large department stores are also predicting fall trends, including an East-meets-West look, color blocking and denim.
At Kohl’s, their “Back to the Future” collection features colorful prints and skinny jeans as well as distressed and studded options.
“Back To the Future is a playfully rebellious trend for fall back to school,” said Sofia Wacksman, vice president of trend for Kohl’s Department Stores. “It’s mixing soft atmospheric prints with studded embellishments and coated denim. Top a galactic printed tee and colored skinny jeans with a distressed moto jacket.”
Nancy Van Santen, owner of Piper Boutiques in Valparaiso, said she is seeing a lot of leggings that flare with ruffled bottoms as well as footless tights, especially in the younger girls. She is also seeing a lot of dresses with matching patterned tights.
Woven tunics are becoming popular, especially over leggings.
Chevron, which has been a staple in women’s clothing for several seasons, is starting to trickle down into younger girls’ fashion, Van Santen said.
Hair bows and necklaces are also popular accessories, she said.
“The bigger the hair bow, the better,” she said. “And chunky necklaces are huge, whether you’re a one-year-old or a teenager.”
Popular selling lines in the Valpo boutique are Persnickety and Giggle Moon, and both brands are made in the United States.
Trends including mustaches and pirates are on their way out for boys, as are peace signs and owls for girls, Van Santen said.
“Feminine, sweet looks are coming back for girls,” she said.