Clothing trends reflect the ‘80s, vintage look is also popular
By Karen Brainard
Bright colors, jeans, leggings, jeggings and lace headline the list of back-to-school clothing styles and bring back some of the 1980s and vintage looks.
Very popular, said Ramona retailers, are jeans, especially skinny jeans.
Michele Lobaugh,owner of Fashionably Late, said she doesn’t see the jean trend ending anytime soon.
Susan Hunter with the Kid’s World department at Kmart said there is a strong focus on denim and, while skinny jeans are the rage, straight-leg boot-cut and flared are also offered.
“There’s a type of pant for every body size,” said Hunter.
“Skinny jeans for boys are really popular,” she added.
Signature by Levi and Route 66 are two of the brands Kmart carries that offer skinny jeans for boys.
Royal colors are also big, Hunter noted, pointing out the bright cranberry, teal, purple and pink.
The ‘80s play a role in this year’s fashions with leggings and tunics comprising a stylish look for girls. A variation is the jegging — a stretchy legging that looks like jeans.
Layering can provide an interesting look that can also be economical.
“The layered T-shirt look is very popular for teens,” said Hunter, showing sets for boys that offer three looks in one. A button-down shirt with a coordinating T-shirt sells for $16.99. The pieces can be worn together or separately, said Hunter.
Also paired are short- and long-sleeved T-shirts and with one sporting a design and the other in a solid color.
Selling well for boys are military-style shirts, Hunter added.
Lobaugh emphasized the lacey vintage look that she described as a little bit romantic and sweet.
Besides lacey tops, the vintage look is also found on belts and hats in Fashionably Late.
Big purses and hair accessories (see related story) make a splash this year.
“Many girls don’t want backpacks; they use the purses,” said Martha Torres, owner of Kimi’s Fashions.
Torres has a variety of large purses in white, black, tan, brown and two-toned, many embellished with studs, rhinestones or flowers in her store.
Jansport backpacks are available at Kimi’s and this year come in colorful checks, plaids and other designs as well as solids.
Fashionably Late also carries a variety of large purses in different shades and styles.
The three stores sell shoes and, while Torres said sandals are still the shoe of choice, she will be getting in more boots at the end of the month.
“We try to bring every season in with different things,” said Torres.
Hunter said Kmart has clearance sales on spring and summer clothing, and store clerks are continually putting out more fall apparel.
Kimi’s Fashions is at 1627 Main St., near Stater Bros., 760-789-1099.
Fashionably Late is at 1443 Main St. in the Albertson’s shopping center, 760-787-0797.
Kmart is on the east side of town at 1855 Main St., 760-788-7886.
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