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Kidsday: Packing cool new fashion ideas

Who doesn't want to look good in school and out? We can help with new styles, backpacks and more. Here you will find styles for boys and girls:

For girls, neon colors are still trendy -- including bright and dark blue, nectarine, poppy red and lemon zest. These colors are for jeans as well, which remain skinny. Tribal prints for shirts are also hot this year. Some other fashion musts are: chunky bracelets, chunky flower rings, brooches, floral or star designs, multilayered necklaces, backpacks, prints, checkered or multicolored neon sneakers and ballet flats in shiny colors or leopard prints. Knit beanie hats are popular -- and not just for guys anymore.

For boys, logo shirts under button-down shirts are still the trend. Most guys are most comfortable in jeans and T-shirts. If you're a big sports fan, try making a cool tie-dye jersey. First get the jersey of your favorite team. Then you can buy cool logos to stick on your jersey. The logos can be anything you like. We also think that tie-dyeing the jerseys will make for a cool twist on a familiar shirt. It is a great way to recycle what you already have.

It's so easy to make a fab new backpack for the next school year. Sarah did it and she said all you need is to be creative and have some fun. To make a backpack, you'll need a few things. First, a pattern will be very helpful. You should also have fabric, a measuring tape, a sewing machine, scissors, thread to match the fabric and a zipper. There are lots of local stores with good fabric to choose from. Once you find the right fabric, then pick a pattern you like.


Sperry Top-Siders are boat shoes -- not any boat shoes, but really fashionable boat shoes worn by young or old, boy or girl. They are also worn in all seasons. You can wear them with leggings and a T-shirt, shorts and a Polo shirt, or just a dress. They have many different styles, pink cheetah with sequins, leather zebra, or just a plain color. Sperry also makes flip flops, heels, boots, sandals and sneakers. Their most popular colors are black, brown, red, white and gold. The materials they use are canvas, leather, patent leather, suede (a velvety like material,) rubber, wool and glitter. They range from at least $40 at StrideRite to $140 at Neiman Marcus or on the website Sperry makes really cute shoes, but they would look cuter on you.

-- HAYLEY PEPE/Kidsday Reporter

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Melinda Moran's fourth-grade class, LINCOLN AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Sayville


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