Where did the summer go? But here we are! It’s back to school time and time to shop! Here’s what’s hot and what’s not and what the heck is going at my fave store JCP?
J.C. Penney is changing its pricing … again!
According to the Associated Press:
“The moves come at a time when shoppers — and investors — have voiced confusion over Penney’s pricing strategy, which was spearheaded by CEO Ron Johnson when he took the helm in November. In May, Penney’s stock plunged nearly 20 percent in its biggest decline in four decades after the retailer posted a larger-than-expected quarterly loss and a 20-percent drop in revenue on poor reception from shoppers for its pricing strategy.”
- Capes — unless you’re Superman, you don’t need one.
- Shorts with tights — blending of summer and winter really doesn’t work.
- Toning sneakers — Sketchers won’t be happy to hear this, these are the lazy way of exercising.
- Platform stilettos — Voted the top Stupid Style pick of the year by Chicago-Tribune readers, this trend begs for an orthopedic surgeon or a clip for America’s Funniest Home Video.
Now here are my faves that will stay in style:
Feminine frills — lace, ruffles, peplums and more 80s stuff are in. Good because I have bought my share of lace this year, and I am wearing it!
Accessories — Bangles, brooches and bags — oh my! Costume jewelry is our friend — break out Grandma’s stuff — or buy some new stuff that looks old!
Prints — bring ‘em out — not just the animals — get those stripes, paisleys and more.
National Retail Foundation’s Back-to-School Survey has the 10 biggest trends and most of them are nothing new, but here’s one that caught my attention.
- About 25 percent of college students will be living on campus this year, a record — the most since the survey started. And they will be buying stuff for apartments and dorms. I am the parent of one of those, so haul out your garage sale stuff because we will not be buying new to haul up and down stairs. Do kids ever live on a first floor?
Pam Parker is the mother of two college graduates, stepmom of two more and has one in college righ now. She is also the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.