Originally created 07/31/00
What to wear to school
The kids usually like to wear something brand new on the first day of school. But while shopping, don't forget the cooler weather later on. Some picks to pick:
Leather is as desirable for the schoolhouse set as it is for grownups. A boy's black leather jacket ($150) from Lands' End could be one of his first investment pieces.
The young biker can capture the look with a boy's "pleather" motorcycle jacket ($34) and techno pants ($26), both at The Children's Place.
Also at the Children's Place is a colorful and versatile girl's plaid poncho ($16), fringed and with a stand-up collar.
Keep warm with layers when the leaves fly. Start with a thermal henley ($22), add a plaid flannel shirt ($23), and top with a sport fleece vest ($25)
all from OshKosh B'Gosh. Though aimed at boys, these items can be worn by girls, too.
A variation on OshKosh B'Gosh's trademark coverall look is a girl's denim apron dress ($27) with contrasting chest pocket and ties. Older girls will go for the vintage rose top with flower print bell sleeves ($19), paired with denim flare pants edged with braided floral edging ($32), both from OKBG's Genuine Girl line.
Another take on denim is a girl's front-pocket jumper with floral embroidery tracing the hemline ($28-$30) from Healthtex. The same treatment is offered in denim pants ($25-$27).
The sweater girl at your house can make a fashion statement with a classic cotton funnel neck ribbed sweater ($29) from Lands' End. She could wear it with capri pants ($28) or perhaps the ingenious convertible skirt ($26), which lets her choose long or short with the flick of a zipper.
Cargo shorts ($26) or cargo climber pants ($32) from Lands' End have those commodious pockets for boys to stash all those mysterious gizmos they like to collect. Top either with the shoulder stripe rugby shirt ($29.50) or a long-sleeve T-shirt ($12).
Have it all in one with Timberland's 3-in-1 Zip Off Pants ($88), a cargo style which zips off below or above the knee for two short lengths. The lower sections zip together to form a carrying bag for the upper sections and other belongings.
Nylon streetwear pants with contrast trims by Joe Boxer have zips that turn long pants into shorts. Continue the theme with a fleece top with sleeves that zip off to become a vest. More versatility still with a reversible shirt or jacket
a blue flannel shirt jacket can be turned over to an orange quilted jacket. Pricing for the Joe Boxer line is in the $16-$40 range.
Dorm dwellers will appreciate the cozy toes offered by Hush Puppies' line of College Clogs ($45), which feature color logos of 24 top colleges or universities in the United States. The clogs are water-resistant suede with thick rubber outsoles and can be worn outside, too.
Information numbers and Web sites:
Healthtex - 1 (800) 554-7637, or http://www.healthtex.com
Hush Puppies - http://www.nordstromshoes.com
Lands' End - 1 (800) 734-5437, or http://www.landsend.com
Timberland - 1 (800) 445-5545, or http://www.timberland.com