Student clothing trends display an eclectic mix |

Student clothing trends display an eclectic mix

Bridget Manley
From left, ninth-grader Erika Quinones, and seniors Nora Cazares and Rose Gerber are among many youths gearing up for the upcoming school year with new fall fashions.
Hans Hallgren

Vintage style may meet modern trends when Moffat County students return to school this year.

Girls could be sporting large handbags and flat-soled shoes. Meanwhile, some boys gravitate toward large-billed hats and skater shoes, said Robby McKinney, 16, a Moffat County High School junior.

Still, not all of this year’s fashions are new.

Linda Redmon, head of K-Mart’s menswear department, but who works in all of the store’s clothing departments, said many fashions are “going back to the ’70s look.”

Erika Baker, Maurices associate district manager, has spotted a similar craze. Chunky jewelry and charms with peace signs and stars have been popular sellers at Maurices this year.

But ’70s-era fashion isn’t the only style on the rise.

Youths also are choosing clothes adorned with stars and preferring black-and-gray hues.

Fleece hoodies are popular sellers in Wal-Mart’s clothing sections for both girls and boys this year, said Lou Groff, Craig Wal-Mart general manager.

Wrangler jeans are selling well in the boys’ clothing department, she said, while younger girls prefer clothing branded by Taylor Swift, Hannah Montana and the Disney Channel original movie, “High School Musical.”

What do the students say?

Mix it up.

Erika Quinones, 14, a MCHS freshman, said students shouldn’t be “too matchy-matchy,” adding that they should look for fall-inspired hues.

“Go for bright colors,” she said.

MCHS students Nora Cazares, 17, and Rose Gerber, 17, chimed in, running a list of popular school styles.

Belts are “a must-have,” Cazares said.

So, too, are handbags, Gerber said – big ones.

Cazares agreed.

“Anything with volume is good,” she said.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or