This year's hot items appear similar to last year's – skinny jeans, maxi skirts, boots and sturdy backpacks.
But a popular newbie that's sure to hang around is “mocking.” Kids hang hammocks from trees and supposedly study in them.
Perhaps next year's list of hot back-to-school items will include maple and oak trees.
Before we branch too far from the subject, here's a list of this year's hot back-to-school items, as seen by those in the know:
*Bob Glik, corporate public relations director for 59 Glik's stores, including downtown Grand Haven: “Long skirts that hit about the ankles. It's sort of a classy, feminine look that isn't too casual but isn't too dressy. It's right in the middle between casual and dress up (tie-dye and solids are the most popular maxi skirt colors).” Glik said capri jeans, chiffon fashion tops, bulky sweaters and Toms shoes are also huge sellers for women. Men are buying 1897 jeans and shorts, and surf gear by Billabong and Hurley. Canvas, lace-up shoes are also hip.
*Bre Burns, Spring Lake High School senior: Jeans, sweatshirts, sweaters, boots, skinny jeans. “I get subscriptions to a couple of magazines and that helps a little bit,” she said. “You go to the mall and see what you like. I got a pair of boots yesterday. I'm excited about those. I had to decide between a light brown and black pair. I got the black pair.”
*Tracy VanOpstall, manager of the Grand Haven Glik's store: For women — denim, maxi skirts, boots with a military influence, skinny jeans. For men — denim jeans, long-sleeve wovens, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts.
*Jill Hutchinson, owner of Buffalo Bob's in Grand Haven: “Pastel bright” T-shirts, coral or green heathered shirts, bonded fleece, hoodies, sturdy backpacks, hammocks, skateboards.
*Doug Boon, parent of two Spring Lake High School students: Shoes in school colors. T-shirts in blue, green or school colors. “I'm guessing we'll spend about $250 this year on clothes, shoes and school supplies," he said. "We're the Simpletons.”
*Marcie Lynch, Pfaff Pharmacy store manager: Soda fountain treats; antibiotics; sinus, cold and flu medicines.