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I'm working on a project for 2nd graders that involves fashion/clothing.
My questions; Do 2nd graders get into clothing fads at all? And what are the current clothing fads/fashions for 2nd grade girls and boys?

Thanks for your input!
#1 - May 25, 2017, 12:37 PM
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I suspect this will depend on the region and even the school. Some girls are very girly at this age. But I don't think they know designers unless their parents or older siblings are big into this.  (I have a first grader next door, but second grade is only a few months away.)
#2 - May 28, 2017, 06:52 PM

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Thanks for replying, Debbie!

I'm not thinking so much of designers...more of clothing/fashion fads. When my kids were in grade school, it was those rubber band bracelets, rubber-banding your t-shirt in back to pull it tight, things like that.
#3 - May 29, 2017, 09:45 AM
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I'm not sure about 2nd graders, but my twins who are about to enter kindergarten are very much into fads. Especially my daughter. Two of her friends in PreK had some sort of shirt that changed color and she wanted one.  She kept asking for several weeks. I spent quite a while looking for it but never could find it. She was very disappointed. Same with some of her friends - a couple of times they've liked what my kids are wearing and have asked for one too.

I remember one instance. My son had made a necklace out of Quixel beads. He wore it to school. That afternoon he came home with an order for similar necklaces from about 5 other friends. He gave them as gifts the next day.

Not sure if this helps with your question but I was struck by how young kids start thinking about clothing style, whether their clothes match, etc. My daughter even asks sometimes if her clothes are stylish.
#4 - May 29, 2017, 10:13 AM
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Thanks, Starfish! That's exactly the kind of thing I was wanting to know. :)
#5 - May 29, 2017, 10:15 AM
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Oh good. Glad it helped! 🙂
#6 - May 29, 2017, 05:31 PM
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I have a boy of that age. He's not so much into fashion trends but he is very particular about what he wears. Is thrilled anytime he has a shirt the same as someone else he likes.

Although he did come home asking for a fidget spinner, was desperate to have one. Everyone was getting one...  Not a fashion fad but definitely a fad/trend!
#7 - May 30, 2017, 04:42 PM

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As a teacher, I see them more into STUFF fads/trends. Like fidget spinners and slime right now. Sometimes those translate to fashion, like when those rubber band bracelets were in a couple of years ago.
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Thanks for chiming in, Larissa and Marla.
#9 - May 31, 2017, 10:29 AM
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I have a second grader!  Depends on the kid, but yeah, the social kids (like my youngest daughter) are very much into trends. Right now the girls are into converse sneakers, off the shoulder shirts, high buns, emojis on everything, ripped jeans.

I don't know about boys. But my daughter says they all wear shorts, nike sneakers, minecraft/video game shirts, and rarely wear coats.
#10 - May 31, 2017, 12:43 PM
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And yes, spinners and slime galore!!!
#11 - May 31, 2017, 12:43 PM
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Right now the girls are into converse sneakers, off the shoulder shirts, high buns, emojis on everything, ripped jeans.

They're all just tiny teenagers, aren't they? :)

Thanks, Diana!
#12 - May 31, 2017, 01:53 PM
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Ha! Yep. My 12-yr-old daughter couldn't care less about such things. But my 8 yr old is a total mini teen. Depends on the kid.
#13 - May 31, 2017, 04:14 PM
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I don't think the trends come from kids. For a while, there was glitter on every shirt I saw for girls, but girls didn't design the shirts. They just bought them. I know a certain age group in our area only shopped at Justice. That means all of those girls have the same stuff. But is that because Justice is conveniently located and not over priced or because the girls want to go there?

My daughter never knew what was in, but she made bracelets out of those little rubber bands because someone bought her the kit. She also had silly bands (a single larger rubber band used as a bracelet that formed a familiar shape when it wasn't stretched). They came in sets or big packs and teachers used them as rewards. For a couple of years, we also shopped at Justice because the clothes fit her long lean frame and I knew Justice was in.

So keep the personalities of the kids in mind. There will always be free spirits who dress in a funky but unique way, kids who follow, kids who lead, and kids who just don't care. And there are a bunch who still just want to be princesses in second grade.

In my area the boys are in super hero T-shirts or Mine Craft or Star Wars. I think if you want a good sense of the fads in your area, go into every store in the mall and go through the kids' section. See what trends you spot. I suspect there are regional differences because the big chain clothing stores (read MACY's, etc.) don't stock the same stuff in different parts of the country. (I've been to malls in many areas and remember noticing this as a kid when we did some back-to-school shopping on a rainy day while away on vacation. Sometimes I liked the clothes better than what we found back home.) Each kid will have a unique style.
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Good points, Debbie. Thanks!
#15 - June 05, 2017, 10:02 AM
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I have a boy who just finished up second grade.  I haven't noticed too many clothing fads, but there are two that I've definitely noticed, not only in 2nd grade but for all the boys at our bus stop, 1st through 5th grades: first, shorts, not pants, every day, all through the winter no matter how cold.  (So much so that our principal had to send an email home saying shorts are not appropriate recess gear in February.)  Also, they like to wear colorful athletic socks pulled up almost to their knees.
#16 - June 12, 2017, 02:21 PM

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Fashion fads can be so uncomfortable, can't they? I cant imagine wearing shorts in February, but women's shoes are just as uncomfortable. And it's interesting to see tall athletic socks making the rounds again. We wore those when I was little.
#17 - June 12, 2017, 02:44 PM
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So true.  Everything comes back :)
#18 - June 12, 2017, 04:07 PM

I can't speak to today's kids that age, but I very much remember that in my day, even  before that age so especially at that age, some kids were definitely fashion/style-conscious...but even if not, there were things some didn't want to get caught dead in. That might have been bigger for most kids that age than being worried about being fashionable.

Mentioning this just as an alternative...what might still remain a concern for that age group. But again, I can't speak to present day kids.

Also, might the socioeconomics of your demographic play a part? (Fashion isn't always affordable.)
#19 - June 12, 2017, 05:34 PM
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Thanks for chiming in, Arona. Good points!
#20 - June 14, 2017, 09:42 AM
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