Military-inspired looks have had a longtime presence in boys' fashion, but this coming season, expect to see stylish recruits among both genders with a proliferation of camouflage print adorning tween and teen apparel. Winners fashion expert Sarah Smithers points to hip-hop heavyweights like Jay Z and Canada's own Drake among the notable names who've helped popularize the distinctive pattern.
The idea of vintage is seeping into girls' wear — not unlike the retro prints and feminine frocks favoured by country music sensation Taylor Swift. Vintage fall looks showcase a modern spin on classic styles like full skirts and fit-and-flare dresses featuring contrasting colour trims and collars or contemporary graphic prints.
Reinterpretations of grunge looks have made waves on fashion runways, a trend which will trickle down to the school corridors with a fresh take on '90s-era fashions like baby doll dresses and oversized cardigans. For those seeking to assemble a grunge-inspired ensemble without having it appear sloppy, Winners fashion expert Sarah Smithers suggests incorporating a plaid button-down shirt, leather biker jacket or vest to round out the look.
Girls are channelling their inner 80s rock star. Nancy Dennis, trend director for children's wear at Sears Canada, suggests girls could team their logo tee of choice with a blazer and stylish pair of high-tops or moto boots. Patterned jeans add colour and round out the rocker-inspired look.
Sears Canada trend director for children’s wear Nancy Dennis said formal blazers and button-down shirts for boys can conjure both sophistication and comfort teamed with jeans or chinos. “In boys' wear, there used to be this division — just like in menswear — of casual versus tailored or dress-up versus dress down. And that whole idea's gone. It's all this hybrid dressing,” said Dennis