Every year, nostalgia makes an appearance in children’s fashion. This fall, the nod goes to the 1990s — as in “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Bold colors and flashy prints rule the day, as well as jean jackets with patches, checkered hats and funky printed tennis shoes. — Kim Archer, for the Tulsa World
Unicorns may be forever, but this fall, they are making room for rainbows, llamas, sloths and narwhals in children’s fashion. “Rainbows are a really big deal this fall. But unicorns will never go away,” says Laura Brady, who works at her mother’s namesake store, Kathleen’s Kids, 8212 S. Harvard Ave. Keychains ($15) from Kathleen's Kids.
Little Sara denim jacket from Kathleen's Kids, $70
Need a narwhal? Kathleen's Kids has them.
Other trending motifs
Other trending motifs? Oranges, limes, pizzas and cherries are finding their way to all kinds of apparel in fuzzy, sequined and whimsical print forms. Backpacks from Kathleen's Kids.
Girls’ booties and ankle boots laced to the top are coming back this fall as strong as ever, said Crystal Anglin, owner of Kicks for Kids, 8191 S. Harvard Ave. Meanwhile, boys are gravitating to classic Chukka boots made of leather or suede. The ankle-high footwear can be worn dressed up or low-key casual. As for colors and prints, vibrant red is the first pick, followed by mustard, neon colors and prints like houndstooth and plaid. As for camo, it’s so last year. Wearing leopard print with plaid is actually a thing, although some might find the clashing patterns busy. Find these blue and gray New Balance ($57), pink and silver Tsukihoshi ($60.95), black and gray Tsukihoshi ($59.95) and hot pink New Balance ($42) sneakers at Kicks for Kids.
Plum is the big fall color in shoes, followed by gray and rose gold metallic. Kicks for Kids also carries solid black and solid white shoes in brands like Keds and New Balance for children who wear school uniforms. Freshly Picked blush moccasins ($60), New Balance maroon sneakers ($56.99) and Billy Shoes gray high tops ($57) are at Kicks for Kids.
One of the newest brands at Kicks for Kids is Billy Shoes, a fashionable zipper shoe that makes it easier to slip feet into and has plenty of room for orthotics. Its creator designed the shoe for children with disabilities. But they’re so cool looking that everyone’s buying them. Billy Shoes gray high tops ($57) at Kicks for Kids.
Yes, they’re expensive. But that hasn’t stopped Golden Goose Superstar leather sneakers from making their way to Tulsa as the latest shoe fad. Designed more than a decade ago, the glittery status symbol features a worn look and a star emblazoned on the side. Another brand with a huge following at Kicks for Kids is Tsukihoshi sneakers from Japan. The solid-colored black or white ones are great for school uniforms. But they also come in a bunch of fun colors for outside the classroom. New Balance ($57) and Tsukihoshi ($59.95)
Know those joggers everyone is wearing? Fashion designers have added a ribbon stripe along the side of the legs to update the look for fall. You’re likely to see these worn with tailored blazers and beanies. Optimism is in. Happy prints and positive messages on shirts, shoes and hats are lending an upbeat vibe that parents welcome.
In accessories, clear backpacks are all the rage. Kids like to put their own stamp on them by decorating with colorful pom-poms and rhinestone emoji or smiley-face keychains. Another throwback from the ’90s? Fanny packs.
Clear backpacks and fanny packs
DL1961 polka-dot jeans from Kathleen's Kids, $59 Cactus pencil bag from Kathleen's Kids, $12
I like big bows
Girls still love gigantic bows, and Kathleen’s Kids has been known for its handmade specialty bows for years. The store offers them in an array of colors, styles, prints and sizes.
The gold metallic puffer jacket trend has been gathering steam just in time for fall and winter. Smocked dresses are making a comeback after decades out of sight. Harkening back to Grandma’s day, this traditional style of girls’ dresses often includes pleats and embroidered bands or collars. And for the cool, urban look, it’s all about pleather skirts, dresses and jackets.
Stephen Joseph T-shirt from Kathleen's Kids, $17
Superism Wild West T-shirt from Kathleen's Kids, $26 Mayoral denim shirt from Kathleen's Kids, $37
T-shirts in stripes, solids and fun prints ($26-$30) from Kathleen's Kids.
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Little Sara denim jacket from Kathleen's Kids, $70 DL1961 polka-dot jeans from Kathleen's Kids, $59, both from Kathleen's Kids.
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