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Bear McCulloch has the whole modeling thing down as he strikes a pose to show off his checked bottoms and truck top at a fashion show at First Christian Church in Decatur.
Making the grade
Here’s a study sheet for children aiming for an A+ in style this fall
By Patrice Stewart
Polka dots, flowers, baseball, race cars and trucks are a few of the themes in children’s clothing that you’ll see this fall.
They showed up during a youth fashion show that First Christian Church in Decatur held to raise funds for Christian youth sports programs. The young models displayed fashions from Ragg Dolls & Scrappy Frogs and The Robin’s Nest, both in Hartselle, and Goody 2 Shoes and Martin’s in Decatur.
Minnie Mouse and Tinkerbell showed up, too, as did some custom designs.
Polka dots were popular when Minnie Mouse’s outfit was created, and they’re back — combined with contrasting colors, flowers and sizes of dots.
Sydney Adams didn’t quite make it down the runway, so Minnie Mouse, played by Angela Johnson, helps her complete the walk.
“The aqua and brown combination with polka dots in two sizes is one of our fabrics for fall from the Michael Miller collection,” said Angela Hetrick, owner of Ragg Dolls & Scrappy Frogs.
Two seamstresses working for the store create custom-made outfits that make up about 20 percent of the clothing in her children’s store, she said.
The polka dot design is from the Pawprints line, while Kippydoodle designs included the red-and-white striped pants with baseball bat and coordinating top with ball and glove.
“That’s called a high-top pant, and it’s cute worn with high-top tennis shoes,” Hetrick said.
Isabella Johnson takes the runway seriously as she trots in style wearing a brown dress from Goody 2 Shoes.
“I design the outfits, and the seamstresses sew them for me. Sometimes we go by patterns, and sometimes we see something and put it together,” she said. “It’s a collaborative effort, so we have something different that no one else has.”
Some models wore her tea-party dresses for girls.
“For boys, get anything with race cars and trucks on it and you’re in good shape fashion-wise,” she said. “One of our heaviest trends for fall is shirts striped side to side with race cars, worn with sweat-type pants in soft materials.”
Hetrick said hot pink is still big, and tie-dye and peace signs are coming back in a sort of retro look for older girls.
“Browns are still really hot this year, and about half of my clothes have some brown,” she said. “But they are mixing them with other colors.
“Instead of just pink and teal with brown, there are now more army greens, pea greens and rose shades mixed with brown. Pea green is big, but that’s not my favorite color for children.”
What else is hot?
Carol Polston of Martin’s said layering of shirts is a big trend, along with the vest look with a long shirt peeking out. She also said the trend is definitely toward browns for all ages, whether in solids, stripes, plaids or dots. Baby-doll style tops are trendy, too.
Shelby Glenn of The Robin’s Nest said polka dots can be found on tank tops, skirts, purses and ballet flats. Also, more leggings, many with lace trims, will be seen as soon as the weather cools off. She said the layered look shows up there, too, because leggings can be worn under a short skirt or long top.
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