Back to school fashion

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Do you remember waiting for school to start the new academic year? The anticipation of seeing your friends again, new teachers, sharing summer adventures and the newest school clothes were all our fodder for the first day. There was a thrilling excitement of a new school year and the mysteries of what was before us was all I could think about.

Remember when there were uniforms you could only wear to school, as well as play clothes you’d to change into when you got home? You know, the clothes you could get dirty and not upset your mom.

Today, the clothing our children want to wear to school and play in has changed and designers are taking note. In Hollywood for instance, they have started making clothes you can dress in pieces, altering the look of the garment throughout the day as an option. The look and feel of clothing has also changed — thank goodness — to materials that are less flammable and more organic. The new trend is called refashion, a smart and economical usage of clothing for both children and adults.

At some point, we‘ve glanced at the paparazzi images of children heading back to school with their famous parents, showing off personal styles and repurposing their own wardrobes. The style is not only a mindset, but a tool for a comfortable day of good learning. The change is significant because children will, of course, run around, play tag, jump into kickball and generally roll around in the grass and dirt. It’s what they do, right? So why not be ready with the correct clothing?

Often, I would buy too much clothing for my daughter; who wouldn’t wear any of it anyway. I eventually decided it was time for her to pick out her own clothes, only looking over her shoulder to make sure the choices were appropriate for the weather that day.

Here’s a gem of a secret that I don’t share often: In the Californian cities of Malibu, Beverly Hills, Pasadena and Hollywood, you can find wonderfully repurposed clothes at the Salvation Army and other second-hand stores. These clothes, often from the closets of the rich and famous, can be quality deals that may pleasantly surprise you. This secret to fashion is also true for any of the wealthier places of the world, from Paris and London to right here in Michigan.

Now, it’s your secret too — don’t tell anyone!


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Taylor Kelsaw

Taylor Kelsaw started his career in San Francisco, Calif. more than 30 years ago and has since worked on many highly rated television shows including “Oprah” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.” He loves to paint, sing, act and being the proud parent of three lovely children.