Cool Back-to-school Looks


August 22, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The start of school M-y and the end of summer M-y are merely days away. And to save your kid the risk of appearing uncool during those critical first days of school weM-Fve decided to inform you, the grown-up with credit cards, of whatM-Fs in (plaid and camouflage anything), whatM-Fs out (long skirts, unbaggy pants) and whatM-Fs going to be all about this school year. So in honor of the season, hereM-Fs our short list of whatM-Fs hot for the chocolate-milk set.

Hello again

Pink cats go with everything M-y backpacks, denim, notebooks. SanrioM-Fs Hello Kitty has been around more than 20 years but sheM-Fs still as fresh as ever. Hello Kitty backpacks, messenger bags and journals come in all shapes, colors and sizes. And for girls who want more Kitty than their bookbags can hold, thereM-Fs the new Hello Kitty denim collection in sizes 4-14. The jeans, denim jackets and flippy miniskirts are rife with cool graphics, applique and embroidery.

Hello Kitty accessories are available at BarstonM-Fs ChildM-Fs Play in the Village of Cross Keys, A.C. Moore stores and at For Hello Kitty clothing, check out Belk in Westminster and HechtM-Fs.

Come, and bring your hair

The Belair-Edison neighborhood gets a makeover for the day on Saturday when it becomes BelHAIR-Edison. DonM-Ft miss the free hair extravaganza featuring the latest in hair fashions, plus live music, food and health information. It all takes place from 1-5 p.m. near Belair Road and Erdman Avenue. Information: 410-485-8422.

Shoes that soar

Buster Brown may look more like a toddler than a senior citizen but that cute shoe-promoting towhead with the Dutch boy haircut and google-eyed dog companion turns 100 this year.

To celebrate, the company is sponsoring a search for six boys and girls and their dogs to be featured on Buster Brown shoeboxes in 2005. (For details on how to enter, go to

The company is giving away a free bouncing ball with each pair of anniversary shoes and adorning their shoes with special 100th-anniversary buckles.

As for the shoes, theyM-Fre a heck of a lot hipper than those ugly brown oxfords your grandparents wore to school. WeM-Fre talking pinksuede hiking boots and black leather knee-high boots for big girls, cool brown leather slip-on loafers for big boys, chunky Dr. Marten-inspired lace-ups for little boys and European styled Mary Janes for little girls.

Buster Brown shoes cost about $25 per pair and are available at and at HechtM-Fs in White Marsh, Columbia and Annapolis.

Tone down perfume

Like most girls, Robyn SesslerM-Fs three daughters liked bath products that were glittery and brightly colored. But the Kennebunkport, Maine mother found that many of these products came on too strong, both in terms of how they smelled and how overly grown-up they looked. So Sessler came up with a line of little girls bath products called AllyKats that are appropriately glittery and pastel to appeal to daughters but smell good enough for their parents.

ThereM-Fs Bubble Bash for bubble baths, a body wash and shampoo called Squeaky Clean Wash, Super Spray to detangle hair and moisturize skin, Pixie Powder, a talc-free shimmer powder, Lip Chick lip balm and Sparkling Powder Puffs. And the scents M-y green apple blossom or a lily citrus blend M-y are sweet and feminine.

AllyKats products cost $3 to $9 and are available at or by calling 207-967-4260.

Mad for plaid

Even if your kids donM-Ft have to wear a uniform to school, youM-Fll find them yearning for plaid pleated skirts and cargo khakis this fall. The preppy, layered look continues on this fall with some popular styles, including short-sleeved Tshirts layered over long, oxford shirts and polo shirts worn over Tshirts and old-school canvas basketball sneakers that would make Dr. J proud.

And donM-Ft discount the importance of such fresh-looking details as scarf belts, corduroy newsboy caps and sassy sayings like M-tIM-Fm not doing homework tonightM-v printed on ringer T-shirts.

Get it all at Old Navy stores in Ellicott City, Security Square, Arundel Mills, White Marsh, Bel Air and Columbia or at

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