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Some of the same trends in school supplies carry over to clothing, as well, especially for younger students. Superhero shoes and shirts are stocked at area stores for shoppers and local clothing chains are offering girls lots of bright colors, ruffles and sequins.
The dress code is revisited every year, he said, just to make sure any new trends that may hinder the learning environment are addressed. Dog collars were popular among students a few years ago, for example, so the code had to be adjusted.
Batman, Spider Man and the Avengers appear on backpacks, lunchboxes, notebooks and binders in area stores. OfficeMax reported in a national Omega Seamaster 8500
While boys may gravitate to the characters from video games and Omega Seamaster Green movies, OfficeMax reports girls want supplies that are decorated with glitter or gems or come in bright colors or animal prints.
There no doubt the pens, pencils and fall clothes are important elements in returning to school, but a study conducted by research group Harris Interactive reveals 42 percent of kids are hoping for a tablet computer or a new smartphone for their return to school.
lunch room. Parents are likely to see more stainless steel containers on the market for food and drinks they might be packing for children. Over the summer, the government put a ban on BPA that might affect parents willingness to use plastic containers. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make plastics and although it is not widely used now, stainless steel pieces may become more popular as they don hold on to odors, last longer than plastic and can help keep items hot or cold.
While the back to school season doesn see nearly the crowds as a big shopping day like Black Friday, Fellers said Best Buy experiences about a monthlong increase in electronic purchases when the time comes to return to the classroom.
Jay Fellers, the store manager for Best Buy in the Mall of Abilene, bought his 12 year old daughter a cellphone about a year ago. He said there no doubt younger children are wanting electronics, but it is still the college students who most often do their back to school shopping at Best Buy.
Denim vests and jackets and skinny jeans and leggings continue to be popular among young girls, as well.
To help make sure trends don conflict with campus rules, a freshman orientation is presented at the beginning of each school year. Boone Omega Speedmaster Leather Band
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trend assessment last month that Angry Birds and superheroes were popular back to school themes this year and other area stores reveal the same trend. Target is stocked with Marvel superhero backpacks, Angry Birds notebooks and Dark Knight Rises lunchboxes.
A new survey from the National Consumers League found 56 percent of parents of children ages 8 to 12 have purchased a cellphone for their child.
The National Retail Federation estimates the average family with students will spend $668 on back to school gear this year. While the federation didn specify how many students its average family had, its spending figure indicates people are buying a lot more than pencils, paper and protractors. Census Bureau reports is one of the heaviest behind the winter holidays.
Students may have grown accustom to wearing halter tops and cutoffs all summer, but Kari Leong, director of student services for AISD, reports school administrators are ready to remind students what clothes are appropriate for the classroom come the first day of school.
Best Buy is attempting to take an even larger piece of the back to school retail game, Fellers said, by selling basic supplies like pens and paper. Still, it is the tablets, smartphones and e readers that remain the hottest back to school items at the store, he said.
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There is a flaw in the logic of buying a cellphone for back to school. On Abilene Independent School District campuses, teachers can take up cellphones if they catch students using them during the school day.
It seems many back to school shopping trends are dictated by summer entertainment. Superhero movies have been incredibly popular this summer and when it comes to back to school trends, it seems those summer superheroes remain as hot as ever.
This month marks the transition from summer vacation to back to school season. For many parents, that means the transition from children complaining of boredom to pleading for the most popular jeans, shoes and backpacks for their return to the classroom.
For older students who do more shopping on their own without parents, school dress codes may be difficult to embrace.
said he and another assistant principal also visit classrooms the first week of school to remind students of expectations.
students respond very well most of the time, she said concerning dress code warnings. schools are a bit more challenging and high schools are the biggest challenge. modesty of tops and sagging pants are the most common dress code issues, Leong said.
Phil Boone, now in his ninth year as assistant principal at Wylie High School, said facial hair, short skirts or shirts and tank tops seem to be the most commonly encountered issues when students return from summer break.
High school students are the most likely to be cited for dress code compliance within Wylie Independent School District, as well.
Lots of warnings are given at the beginning of the year to get students adjusted to the dress code, Leong said via email, but students are expected to comply early in the year.
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