Fox is Tops for Back-To-School Fashion

Perfectly befitting Loudoun’s hunt country reputation, the fox is a staple of kids’ back-to-school wear this season.

That’s according to Kristine Smith, who co-owns downtown Leesburg’s Ashby Mae Children’s Boutique with her mom, Debbie Thomas.

The duo is set to reprise Ashby Mae’s popular children’s fashion show for a third time Sunday, Aug. 20, this time focusing on the finest in back-to-school fashion.

Smith said the red-haired, omnivorous mammal can be found in many kids’ prints for the fall season, from pants to dresses and just about everything in between.

“The fox is everywhere,” she said.

This fall’s back-to-school fashion also marks a return to the basics in terms of palette. Primary colors are big, Smith said—blues, reds, yellows, even orange hues can be found throughout many of Ashby Mae’s pieces, which are selected from a variety of manufacturers. For some lines, Ashby Mae is the exclusive provider in the region.

Accessories for little girls—from headbands to bows and more—are also big, and many young boys’ fashions are complementary to their big or little sisters’, Smith said.

Clothes with animal prints are in this season, especially if those animals are foxes, so says the owners of Ashby Mae Children’s Boutique. [Danielle Nadler/Loudoun Now]
            The back-to-school fashion show will focus on looks for preschool through elementary-aged children, she said. The CEO and designer of Petit Peony will be showcasing some of her fall lines, and will be available for a meet-and-greet following the conclusion of the fashion show. It’s a true Loudoun affair, as many of the models for the fashion show are customers’ children, Smith noted.

Open to the public, the show will begin at 2 p.m. Aug. 20, at the Thomas Birkby House, at 109 Loudoun St. SW, in downtown Leesburg. Attendees are asked to bring canned or nonperishable food, or cash or checks, to be donated to Loudoun Hunger Relief as an entry free. Rachel Roberts, Leesburg’s “Flower Lady,” will have flowers available for purchase, with all the proceeds also going to the food pantry. Ashby Mae Children’s Boutique will be open at its Loudoun Street shop following the show for those who want to scoop up any of the fashions they see.

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