Originally created 08/20/05

Back-to-school styles that work for the classroom

Children's clothes for this back-to-school season include many styles that are appropriate for the classroom while also hitting on some broad fashion trends.

For girls:

-A velvet pinafore with strips of ruffles down the front and two front pockets hits on the velvet trend in a very girlish way without being too cute. (Mini Boden)

-A blazer is a key piece in the fall wardrobe but to keep the look youthful, consider a bright color or print, and a shrunken shape. (Talbots Kids)

-Stretch corduroy skirt in an A-line shape. Looks like a miniskirt but the hemline is extended by piecing a band of cotton flannel. (L.L. Bean Kids)

-Jeans that hit the natural waistline but have other details to make them look hip. For example, a lace-up detail on the hips or age-appropriate embroidery of butterflies or flowers. The jeans can be paired with a long-sleeve T under a short-sleeve T with a bold graphic or jazzy trim. (T.J. Maxx)

-Many skirts have built-in shorts underneath, which can encourage girls to be active without sacrificing modesty. (Gap Kids)

For boys:

-Neat flat-front khaki pants - that also come in blue - worn with a ringer T-shirt under a crisp button-down oxford shirt. How do the pants stay so neat and crisp? A Nano-Tex fabric treatment that resists spills, stains and wrinkles. (Old Navy)

-Tailored cargo pants in twill or corduroy (instead of denim) look more polished, but boys will still have the pockets they love. The layered look would great on top: perhaps a plaid button-down shirt under a striped rugby in the same color palette. (Ralph Lauren's Childrenswear)

-Open-bottom climber pants have reinforced knees and an elastic waist with a built-in belt, so boys can run, jump and play all they want, but their pants will stay in place and in one piece. (Lands' End)

-Graphic T-shirts are a modern, skater-inspired style, but the images can be tailored for different ages. (Healthtex)

For everyone:

-Backpacks and lunch bags that are sleek and modern - some with places for iPods or cell phones - that tout bold graphics and colors instead of licensed characters. (Target)

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