Falling for Fashion, The Top 5 Trends

With so many brands and styles out there, it’s tough for parents to stay on top of the latest and greatest in back-to-school fashion. Zappos’ team of stylists work year-round, researching apparel and footwear trends to ensure that we have what’s hot for kids of all ages.

From kindergarteners to high schoolers, we’ve got all the must-haves to get your kids stylish.

Here are five fashion trends that will have your kid falling in love with their back-to-school wardrobe, guaranteed to get them an A+ in style:

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1. “Retro” kicks

Everything old is new again. Retro is in and top brands are taking notice, producing new product lines that pay homage to past eras. New Balance Kids and old school adidas are just two examples of footwear brands that are offering popular retro looks refreshed for 2015. Check out some of the Fashion Poet favorite retro looks.

Perhaps the most iconic shoe in the world, the “Chuck Taylor All Star,” remains a popular choice, managing to adapt to the times just enough to stay on the top trends lists year after year. More than one billion pairs of “Chucks” have been sold worldwide, with styles that burst with color or classic solids that can be personalized. Perfect for kids of any age and personality.

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2. “Heritage” Backpacks

Heritage style backpacks are making a big comeback. Many of these are classic backpacks that pair vintage style with a modern twist. The Heritage style from Herschel Supply is a clear example of how the brand is staying on-trend this season. From Dakine to Vans, Jansport also has a wide selection to have your kid carrying their books in style.

3. Boots

There’s no surprise that boots are big for the fall. From the flower motifs that work from summer to fall, the classic Dr. Martens Kid’s Collection boots can add edge to your kids’ wardrobe. 

Your kids can make a big splash with some cool rain boots. Hunter boots are perfect for long rainy and snow days, keeping them stylish and staying warm.

4. Graphic Tees

Kids can make a bold statement with graphic tees. The coolest T-shirts show off their personality, and this year it’s all about positive messaging.

From novelty T-shirts with witty and humorous phrases to athletic fits and vintage styles, we’ll have your kid styling in the classroom.

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5. Denim

Denim is a timeless staple. We are loving denim jackets, jeans, shirts and skirts that are a big trend for the fall. It’s durable, comfortable and cool and will get them through math class to after-school gatherings. 

Ripped or colored are some of the coolest treatments that your kid can rock. 

From the Shopping Haul to the School Hall

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We are very excited to bring you the Zappos Back-to-School Haul, your online destination for all of your back-to-school needs. We want to inspire you and your family with ideas, the latest fashion trends, and ways your kids can a splash of their own personality to their school clothes. 

Those kids that haven’t started classes yet are enjoying the last days of summer vacation. But we know you’ve already flipped your shopping calendar to a back-to-school mindset. It’s time to retire the swimsuit and bring out the soccer cleats.

That’s why we’re here. We know how stressful it is to find the right clothes — and the right sizes — for your kids. With the ease of Zappos, you can do all of your back-to-school shopping while enjoying your morning coffee. 

We are your back-to-school headquarters. The Zappos Haul features all your back-to-school essentials. We’ll help your kid put the “You” in Uniform with our array of accessories, from backpacks, to uniforms, to cool sneakers and much more. And of course, we offer fast and free shipping, whether you are ordering your entire Zappos Haul, or if you are ordering just one or two forgotten items. Returns also are free. Have a question? Our customer service team is just a phone call away, and available 24/7.

Best of all, at Zappos, you’re not shopping alone — you can count on our team of fashion experts, as well as a group of moms that will give you tricks and tips on what to buy and when to buy it. Our team works year-round to offer the latest and greatest apparel and footwear trends. We have all the back-to-school must-haves and we never compromise quality. 

Stay tuned as we share more back-to-school excitement with Zappos Haul videos. You’ll get essential checklists, tons of fun posts and must-haves that will get you ready for this busy season. Join the Zappos Haul conversation online by posting your own videos and using the hashtag #ZapposHaul!

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New Brand Spotlight: Mi-Pac

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Creativity is at the heart of everything Mi-Pac® represents. At their core they value individuality and freedom of expression. Their range of accessories are designed to express your personal style, through a wide palette of colors, patterns, and fabrics. Their bags are tough and durable, stylish, and chic.

Mi-Pac continues to innovate with new and exciting designs, introducing key statement pieces into their range that help you stand out from the crowd. Combining both fashion and function, their backpacks and duffels are perfect for hitting the gym, weekends away, and for all of your school or work needs.


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Inspired By: Back in Black

The beginning of a brand new year is leaving us feeling rather inspired to take it back to the basics – and what’s more cool, more bare-bones basic thank classic black? Or perhaps last night’s festivities, coupled with all the glitz and chaos of the holidays, is making you want to get back to a more no-fuss, no-nonsense way of dressing…and we totally get that.

Our first street style inspiration for 2015 perfectly achieves that effortless dose of style starting with a great moto jacket paired over a black sweater. Paired with loose black trousers and shiny black flats, this easy-come-easy-go look is ready to take on a stylish new year.

Check out our take on this easy back-in-black look below! 

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1. Obey Savages Leather Jacket

2. Alternative Adrian Hoodie

3. Brixton Heist Beanie

4. ALDO Selling Monk-Strap Loafers

5. Michael Stars Modern Rayon Drawstring Pant

6. French Connection Tough Love Backpack



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Fun Summer Bags

Whether it’s the beach or brunch, the right bag really does complete any summer ensemble. This is the season to have fun with your bags through bold punches of color, cute prints—or both! Find your perfect summer bags and watch the rest of your warm-weather wardrobe come alive!

Below are some of our recent favorites:

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1. Jonathan Adler "Animal Duchess" Medium Tote

2. KAVU "Kicker" Crossbody Bag

3. Volcom "Sunday Funday" Drawstring Bag

4. Vera Bradley Straw Bucket Tote

5. Fjällräven "Kanken" Backpack

6. Life is good "Flower Dockside" Tote

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Back-to-School Picks from Fox

As another summer break comes to a close, the impending dread of school morning routines doesn’t have to cramp your style! Take this opportunity to show of your “new school year swagger” with a few of our favorite back-to-school picks from Fox.

With style this cool, there’s no need to dread school-day mornings!

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1. Fox "Prestigious" Henley

2. Fox "Uplift" Pullover Hoodie

3. Fox "Riktor" Zip Front Fleece

4. Fox "Zero Excess" Premium Tee

5. Fox "Fallout" Knit Hoodie

6. Fox "Ripper" Backpack

7. Fox "Enhance" Backpack

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Cool Back-to-School Backpacks

The backpack is a true essential when it comes to back-to-school style. Think about it; the backpack is the one thing your kids carry with them daily, regardless of their outfit! So, as much as we focus on getting the perfect shoes and clothes to set them up for a great school year, it all starts with the right backpack.

No matter which backpack you go with, make sure it reflects their individual style! These things don’t just carry homework, books and pencils, they’re really a style statement that sets the tone for the rest of the outfit.

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1.MadPax Block Full Pack

2. Kipling "Raychel" Metallic

3. Herschel "Settlement" Youth

4. Billabong "Lakey" Backpack

5. Quiksilver 1969 Special Backpack

6. JanSport "Right Pack"

7. Roxy "Bunny" Backpack/Lunch Bag Set

8. The North Face Youth "Sprout"

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Too Cool for School

Despite our love of summer, as we all know, all good things must come to an end. But, have no fear as a new season and school year approaches. It’s just a good excuse to get cool new clothes, shoes and accessories, right?

Zappos Rideshop has all your favorite surf, skate and other action sports brands like Hurley, Etnies, Fox and Roxy. There’s plenty of brand-spankin’ new stuff just in time for hitting the campus in style. Trust us; your friends will be thoroughly impressed.

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1. Hurley Staple Shooter Stripe Crew Tee, 2. etnies RVM LX sneakers, 3. Fox Eduardo Woven Shirt, 4. Converse Back to It Backpack, 5. Roxy Westbourne Boots, 6. Roxy Clearing Cardigan, 7. Fox Dabbler Top, 8. Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® Two Fold Hi, 9. Hurley One and Only Slim Fit Fleece Hoodie