Pop quiz! Which of the following do you need most for back-to-school season? A) Fresh spiral notebook 2. Newly sharpened pencils 3. Fabulous new outfit. Answer: All of the above, of course! It seems like just yesterday we were counting down the days until summer, but it’s already time to start thinking about back to school and all the what-should-I-wear anticipation it brings. Read on for top trends for this season as well as classic wardrobe staples that every students should have in the closet.
Layering is a strong look this fall, and adding or subtracting a layer or two can help the transition from sunny playground to chilly air-conditioned classroom. Vests are the MVP of the layered look, so look for ones with hoods, quilted details or with military-inspired pockets and hardware. Trick-the-eye styles such as jean jackets or flannels with hoods built in give the look of layers without the added bulk of actually wearing two pieces.
Clever graphic tees allow you to wear your attitude on your sleeve … or the front of your shirt, rather.
Cold shoulder tops are a hot summer trend expected to go strong into the fall thanks, only look for bolder colors and heftier fabrics rather that the gauzy, breezy styles of months past. Tip: Make sure to check your school’s dress code first, as some strappier styles may be off limits.
Low-top, lace-up sneakers in canvas and printed cottons are a popular and practical back-to-school shoe for girls and boys alike. Few other shoe styles match so effortlessly with sundresses and shorts alike. Look for perky chevrons, preppy primary colors and wacky prints (flamingos, anyone?).
Denim is always in style for back-to-school. Both skinny and wider-legged styles are still going strong; look for embellishments such as sequins to add a touch of glitz, or rough-and-tumble rips and patches for a bit of edge. From kindergarten through senior year, you can’t go wrong with a classic straight leg style in a super-dark wash.
Uniforms are a daily necessity for students going to schools that require them, but today’s styles are anything but, well uniform. Dainty ribbon bows and ruffle fronts perk up the classic white polo for girls, while striped belts and cargo pockets perk up the classic uniform trousers for boys. Scooters give the look of a traditional skirt uniform while sporting the practicality of rugged shorts.
Backpacks are a must-have for every back-to-school season. Options abound to totes those books on daily walks and bus rides, from sporty colorblock to rugged camo to a kooky pachyderm print.
With a mix of up-to-the-minute trends and classic staples, you can’t go wrong come the start of this school year.