CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Children's fashions this fall season are fresh and full of attitude!
While tween trends are often edgier and frequently are indiscernible from the junior market, clothes for kids ages 5 to 10 still have a youthful exuberance and whimsy.
What's different this year is the influx of luxe fabrics, such as leather, faux fur and sequins, bright pops of color paired with neutrals, accessories and bold graphics.
For little girls, feminine ruffles still reign supreme, but they now take on a more bohemian look and are generally part of an overall layered ensemble. Accessories such as sparkly scarves and flower headbands add to the "hippie chick" vibe.
Brightly colored jeans leggings -- "jeggings" -- are also popular this year, particularly in floral and animal prints. Animal prints in the traditional neutral are another focus of fall 2013 fashions, whether it be jackets, pants or accent colors. Prints for little girls mimic the junior and adult trends with wild graphics, color-blocking and abstract geometrics.
Little boys' fashions for fall 2013 are heavily influenced by the collegiate look with rugby stripes, plaids and leather varsity jackets. Also popular are puffer vests, grunge-style jeans, cargo pants and retro-printed tees featuring cartoon and pop-culture characters from the '80s.
The color scheme for boys' fall 2013 relies heavily on the standard masculine neutrals such as camel and navy, with splashes of bright orange and chartreuse green.
A fun trend in boys' fashion that is quickly becoming a cross-season favorite is hats. No longer limited to baseball hats, boys' headwear now includes fedoras and newsboy caps. Even baseball hats are sprucing up their act with faux Mohawk styling or dinosaur fins attached.