It has felt like late October in Chicago this week. Temperatures have dipped down into the 40′s and 50′s at night and hovered in the low 70′s during the day. Some people are not ready to let go of summer yet, but personally I love this kind of weather. Fall in Chicago would be my favorite season if it were not for the underlying dread about the upcoming winter. Because fall is glorious. The farmers’ market is overflowing with the season’s bounty. In our beautiful town with its tree-lined boulevards, the fall foliage is spectacular. The kids have started a new school year and are excited about new friends and new teachers. Yes, fall is a magical season.
Fall fashion is a big deal for kids. Everyone gets excited for back-to-school shopping! Of course, so often you buy all kinds of cute fall clothes for back-to-school and then find yourself wearing the same old tees and shorts for the first month while the weather is still scorching. With this early taste of fall weather though, Zuzu has been excited to trot out her new clothes. Her favorite thing to wear naturally are the “real Uggs” that my mother gave her for her birthday. Knock-offs are no longer good enough for this girl. I guess she is my kid after all!
Now that Zuzu is in fourth grade, she is much more fashion conscious. Her main goal when getting dressed in the morning is still comfort, and that’s how it should be. But she is aware of what is trendy among her peers and has started to see her clothes as a way to express her personality. As I have mentioned, Zuzu is a big sports fan. So she gravitates towards a sporty style: yoga pants, graphic tees and a handful of beloved sports jerseys.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to preview the back-to-school collection from The Children’s Place. I brought along my little Sporty Spice girl and we made an date out of it. Although there is a Children’s Place store in my town, I had never shopped there much because I found their clothes to be a little too busy for my taste. This trip was a pleasant surprise, however. The Children’s Place has brought in a new designer and revamped their collections to be more fashion-forward and to offer more choices for families.
I was pleased to see a lot of variety in the clothes. If you have a real girly girl on your hands, there are lots of
flippy skirts and sequins. But there were also plenty of options for a girl like Zuzu who leans more towards sporty and boho looks. Among Zuzu’s selections were a pair of dark-rinse boot-cut jeans, a pair of pull-on cargo pants that have since become her favorites, a floral-print peasant blouse and a graphic tee with a basketball theme. (How great is it, by the way, that the girls clothes have sports themes?) I was pleased because the clothes for tween girls were age-appropriate: not too baby but not too adult. That seems to be a hard line to walk for many retailers.
Recently I went back to The Children’s Place to look for a present for one of Zuzu’s friends who is much more of a glamour girl. For her, I found a cozy purple hoodie with “Rock” written out in sequins and a matching purple sequin purse. Zuzu is sure that her friend will love it. While I was there I also picked up an adorable gift for a high school friend who just had her first baby. The Children’s Place now has a great selection of soft and comfortable clothes for babies as well, making it a one-stop shopping destination for the whole family.
I will definitely be shopping at The Children’s Place more frequently now. I’m glad to know that it is a store where I can find current, age-appropriate clothes for my tween girl as well regular knockaround clothes for JR whose main sartorial goal seems to be avoiding buttons at all costs. Happily, I was able to find plenty of sports-themed graphic tees and track pants for him in the boys section. The waffle-knit soccer-themed tee that I bought for him on my trip to The Children’s Place has since become his favorite.
Full disclosure time: I was given a gift card to The Children’s Place to shop their fall collection. I was not asked to write about my experience and all opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.