Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger​​

Get ready for the hottest shopping season of the year, Back to School! Back to School shopping is not just for school supplies, but for the most fashion-forward trends to outfit your kids.  Before you head to Crabtree Valley Mall, check out the fashion trends that will have your student standing out from the crowd!


FLORAL TRAINERS. (pictured old skool garden floral trainers JOURNEYS)

Unique and frilly, floral motifs on sneakers are showing up on sporty trainers. JOURNEYS carries a floral trainer on their old skool skate shoe.  Definitely turn heads and be different by adding some flower power to your classic skate look with the new Old Skool Garden Floral Skate Shoe from Vans! The Old Skool Garden Floral Skate Shoe showcases a sturdy suede and floral print canvas upper with signature side stripes.

NEON! (pictured NEON MOCK Bodysuit FOREVER 21)

The kids are going to love this trend! Highlighter color shirts, accessories and shoes are on trend for the upcoming school year.  It’s the kitschiest of the trends and the trickiest to wear.  Kids can get away with wearing a lot of neon and still look cool. Here’s a great formula to help tone down your bright pieces. For every neon piece worn, pair it with a neutral color. Pair a neon top with black or white bottoms and neon shoes with a neutral color jacket. If you decide to go bold and wear neon head to toe choose only one neon color for a monochromatic look.

MILITARY INSPIRED (pictured Burton Game Day Camo Jacket ZUMIEZ)

Army green color and epaulette details are what’s trending in fashion.  Especially in jackets and coats this year kids will have fun with the uniform feel in bomber and denim jackets with military inspired details.  Look for anorak jackets in khaki and green colors and cargo pants in a more muted color pallet. You’ll find clothes in this trend are more about utility and function. Lots of pockets, patches, and a color pallet that is toned down.

ANIMAL PRINTS (pictured critter tie hem tee JUSTICE)

Spots, stripes and snakes, oh my! Animal prints were a big hit over the summer and they’ll continue to be a big trend in the coming months for everyone!  Deemed a neutral, animal prints make everything a little bit interesting.  The untraditional ways that animal prints are being done is through color.  Red leopard, orange snake print, purple cheetah prints are how kid will be wearing animal print.  Animal print shoes will be the more common find in children’s clothing.  Also, expect funky animal print motifs in graphic t-shirts.


At H & M you can drop a bag of unwanted clothing in the recycling box?   All textiles are welcome – any brand, any condition – even odd socks, worn-out T-shirts and old sheets. The textiles are then sent to the nearest recycling plant, where they’re sorted by hand. For every bag of textiles, you drop off, you’ll receive a discount card for 15% off your next in-store purchase.


  • Aerie by American Eagle
  • Aeropostale
  • American Eagle
  • BELK
  • Buckle
  • Express
  • GAP
  • GAP Kids
  • H & M
  • Hollister
  • Journeys
  • Journeys Kidz
  • Justice
  • MACY’S
  • Old Navy
  • Pacsun
  • Paisley Boutique
  • True Religion
  • VANS
  • Zumiez

Photo credits: Courtesy of each individual retailer