BY WENDY ALTSCHULER For Sun-Times Media
Fall is a time for fun prints, bright colors and bold styles.
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This fall, kids are dressing with panache, individuality and style. A number of North Shore children’s boutiques have current trends in mind when considering pint-sized shoppers.
Sprout Kids in Highland Park will outfit kids, from preemie through eight years, in hip urban clothing from well-known designers such as Mayoral, Baby Dino, Elegant Baby, Nano and Hatley.
“Fall trends are inspired by European trends in design,” said Alyson Pedowitz, manager and buyer at Sprout Kids. “Joes Jeans has a terrific line up of dark denim featuring bright floral prints for girls and fun camouflage prints for boys. Also, big, fun, chunky sweaters will pair nicely with patterned leggings for girls. We top it all off with bright, puffy jackets and Madpax backpacks.”
Marian Michael in Winnetka has offered classic fashions, for babies and kids up to 14 years, for more than 60 years. Designs by Florence Eiseman, Bella Bliss, Hartstrings, Jessica Lynn, Kissy Kissy, Magnolia Baby and US Angels are carried. Marian Michael also has one of the North Shore’s largest collections of Johnnie-O.
“A great brand for kids clothing this fall is Johnnie-O,” said Richard Paden, co-owner of Marian Michael. “Johnnie-O was founded by John O’Donnell who grew up in Winnetka and attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette. The Johnnie-O brand is unique because you can buy matching shirts for men, women and children.”
After eight years, Stacy Smith, owner of PEEK-a-boutique in Northbrook, updated and expanded her store into the preteen market while keeping some of the loved items that have made shoppers happy through the years.
“We are looking forward to helping these savvy preteens shop for the fall season,” she said. “We will have a rotating stock of clothing that will mimic women’s fashion but will fit a tween’s lifestyle and figure. We stay on trend while keeping a good balance between a sophisticated look that girls will enjoy and age-appropriate styles that moms will be happy to dress their daughters in.”
Marci Much, owner of B Friends in Deerfield and Just 4 Friends in Highland Park, knows a thing or two about fall style in the children’s market.
“Printed leggings with wild and bright colors are trending for fall. Chunky knit sleeves mixed with sweatshirts and unique shades of metallic-bronze, silver and pewter are also in demand,” Much said.
Much went on to say that, for girls, Dori Creations printed leggings are great for fall because of the fresh and fabulous patterns. For boys, the Ditka Kids boys line (as in former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka) will be a sure-fire hit this season.
Alexis Eyler, co-owner of Lollie in Evanston, a boutique that carries organic and local items as well as clothing from quality brands such as Appaman, Pink Chicken and Petunia Picklebottom, said: “Fall fashion trends that we’re seeing for kids include bright colors (purple, fuchsia, orange), stripes mixed with bold prints and even polka dots. For girls, neutral colors that are great for layering and versatility are also in style for fall: gray, cream and brown. For boys, jewel-toned hues in blues, reds and purples are fall favorites.”
Fashion-forward philosophy isn’t just for adults; children can indulge in fun, hip trends and be stylish for fall as well.
BY WENDY ALTSCHULER