polo outlet lodi Going back to school with style
Oh, those boring school days of old. Basic backpacks, plain pencil cases, spirals and staplers with so little snap they might as well have been destined for mom or dad’s office.
Today’s school supplies are packed with personality, and kids have an imaginative array of gear to choose from as they prep for the start of a new year.
Backpacks come in a variety of sizes to fit different toting needs and capabilities. And forget the simple brown paper bag: Lunch containers are an expanding category, with everything from insulated sacks to kits with lidded compartments. The range is so stylish and user savvy that kids just might find mom or dad wanting to share.
In the early years of self discovery, it’s fun to find different ways to say, “This is me!” Kids will find that easy this year. There are lace and damask designs, camouflage and brick wall patterns, animal prints, sequins or pastels. Super hero, video game, and music and TV star images hit the pop culture button.
Off to class
At Pottery Barn Kids, the backpacks range in size from mini to rolling, so you don’t have to worry about your preschooler heading off with a refrigerator size tote on his back, and the fifth graders with giant science texts can roll their volumes comfortably back and forth.
Patterns range from butterflies, horses, and owls in hip hues like plum and chocolate to dinosaur skeleton and snakeskin prints in browns, grays and blues.
“Backpacks are a fashionable and functional way for students to express their personality and show off their style,” said Sofia Wacksman, Kohl’s vice president for trend. “Bright colors and bold prints are a big trend this back to school season.”
Girls might like the colored leopard print, boho floral,
and fun graphic hearts patterns. Plaids, moustaches, leaf prints and skulls round out the range. Designs include soccer balls, motorcycles and space shuttles. The Bookworm backpack, also small, has a reflective panel for low light conditions, and a waterproof layer along the bottom. The company partnered with Snapily last fall to create the tags with lenticular printing that 3 D, animated effect. You can upload your own photos for a personalized tag, or use the company’s geometric, tree or paisley designs. Parents like that they’re reusable, and kids like that the little compartments neatly hold a variety of snacks. Japanese maker Shinzi Katoh makes some of the best ones space robot, forest, circus and Paddington Bear designs are featured on tiered, non toxic boxes. They also make a clever lunchbox that unzips into a tidy placemat: Choose a cow, cat or dog design. The retailer also has a cute collection of mix and match themed lunchboxes, sacks, water bottles and backpacks.
Land of Nod’s got Skip Hop’s cute as a button Feeding Time lunch bags for the preschool set, in ladybug, owl or dog patterns. They come with a clip that attaches to a child’s backpack.
Rubbermaid ice packs in the shape of silly owls, dogs or monsters are whimsical ways to keep lunch cool. Blinged out scissors and staplers, and fun pencil cases shaped like flip flops or printed in colorful lace patterns have a girly vibe.
Got a sports loving girl in the house? She can show her competitive spirit with one of Caf Press’ “swim,” ”dance,” ”field hockey” or “soccer” journals. Dog lovers might like a journal photoprinted with unusual breeds like shar peis,
basenjis and greyhounds.