Before they march off to catch the bus, carpool or even the latest cold, parents will be scrambling to fulfill the back to school student supply lists, teacher wish lists and of course, the kids fashion, fad and food "must haves". But before you spend your hard earned cash, check out what we found will be the "it" items of Fall 2012.
With the expertise and fashion fishing expedition know how, StyleMyLifeBlog author and mother of two, Jennifer Rosson showed us what we'd be seeing on school campuses from elementary to middle to high school this year. Be sure to watch the video above for a play by play.
Here's a quick rundown of who'll be wearing and wanting what...and at what age. First we go kinder as in "garten". A fresh new e-commerce started showcasing clothes designed by Indies aka One Jackson. It'll help moms of young boys find cool, yet cute outfits without having to drag them to the mall. (Let's be honest, locating them amongst the clothing racks is never a stress free experience.) You get to vote on talented designers clothes and your ballot determines which clothes get made. What could be more American!
Girls have an option equally accessible and cute called fabkids. Actress and mom Christina Applegate is a creative partner for this site. It allows you to select outfits every month, like fruit of the month club - the little ensembles are then delivered to your house. Each outfit is just $40 a month for three pieces. You create a style profile, shop your outfit picks, then receive them. Another cut and dry concept, full of comfy, but fashionable pieces by a former designer for Old Navy Kids and Babystyle.
Lunch for the younger set can be equally fun. Check out Pottery Barn Kids line of little sandwich, cookie cutters and ice packs. Boys will also especially like some of the new backpacks made by MadPax. Their customized to your child's size, which helps cut down on back aches and injury. Plus, they've become a hot accessory for women, recently featured in Elle Magazine. So, don't count the girls out for sure!
You don't have to tell the girls to stop twirling their hair this year either. Twirlyz is taking care of that. They're hair twist-ties giving a little added flair to the hair. You just wrap your hair up for school and you're good to go. Another fun and temporary accessory are glitter tattoos for their Glittertainment. Jennifer Rosson found ours at Toys Etc. at Mission Valley Mall. The kids went wild over them. And they have some legs to them...lasting several baths. (That is if you can get them to start washing again following a summer of questionable hygiene!)
The cool factor continues in the form of Sol Republic, head phones made most famous by golden boy, Michael Phelps. Nike Elite socks at $14 a pop are all the rage among boys and girl athletes. Blinged out collars on tween and teen shirts/blouses are also a popular trend amongst the girls.
One thing is for sure...number two pencils aren't all you need to bring to school anymore. Hope you have a great school year everyone! And I'll leave you with one last piece of advice I give my kids every year: "Be nice to the nerds...they'll rule the world one day."