Your Lunchbox Is So Last Season

Most ten-year-olds we’ve seen seem happy to run around in some combination of loose striped tops, sweat pants, plastic jewelry and baseball caps. But
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Most ten-year-olds we’ve seen seem happy to run around in some combination of loose striped tops, sweat pants, plastic jewelry and baseball caps. But
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Most ten-year-olds we’ve seen seem happy to run around in some combination of loose striped tops, sweat pants, plastic jewelry and baseball caps. But apparently, at least some people feel that even kids need to up the ante on their personal style. Footballer’s wife, U.K.-girl-about-town, and occasional model Coleen McLoughlin wrote a series of books called “Coleen Style Queen,” which will offer fashion and make-up advice for the pre-pre-teen set. Expect to see the first two editions this spring. (And if you're sitting there thinking, "Who?", keep in mind that footballer's wives are style icons in the UK - in fact, Henry Holland's first t-shirt was for Ms. McLoughlin.) We can't imagine what a book of style tips for fourth-graders should consist of - appropriate attire for recess? When and where hair clips are acceptable? The etiquette of friendship bracelets? Young girls are already bombarded with the message that they should obsess over their appearance, watch their weight, and apply sparkly lip gloss whenever possible. So do they really need to pay attention to fashion trends, too? Or do we desperately need another generation of Britneys? --ALISON COOL