Back to School Essentials

Going back to school is always bittersweet. Summer is over and school stress slowly starts to pile on, but friends are reunited and there is no better place to showcase fall trends than at school. Sometimes the back to school trends can be confusing, so that’s why we’re here to make your first day back to school outfit easier to put together! Being Seattle-ites, it’s important for us to stay up to date on trends and looking stylish while still being able to dress for our unpredictable weather. Luckily for us, however, the end of August through September is the most beautiful time of the year, making getting dressed a breeze compared to those gross rainy days.

While it is important to be up-to-date on trends and look stylish, it is even more important to dress for yourself and have your own style. Sometimes at school it is easy for everyone to dress the same, resulting in teenage duplicates wandering down the halls. Hopefully after reading this article, you will know how to keep your own style while still incorporating the trends that work with your body shape, style, and personality. There is nothing more up-to-date and stylish than being yourself and having your own style.
Along with keeping up-to-date with magazines, another great way to get inspiration for back to school is to go on Lookbook.nu as well as Chictopia. Happy back to school shopping!

Outerwear
Every year there is one statement jacket that rules above all other pieces. This fall, it is the blazer. There is nothing more chic than a great fitting black blazer. To try something new, try a white blazer (they’re super in!) for those wanting to put a twist on the classic. There is also a boyfriend blazer (Urban Outfitter’s boyfriend blazer below) to tie in the masculine trend that is also in this fall. Lastly, for you risk takers, try a sequined, velvet, or silk blazer. All blazers look fantastic with a great pair of fitting jeans and a simple v-neck white t-shirt. There are numerous ways to wear a blazer, though. Try pairing it with your favorite frilly dress to give it an edge, or with a pair of high waist shorts to play up the preppy factor. There is nothing more flattering than a blazer, so in my opinion, you can never have too many; and plus, there are so many different colors and prints to buy them in!

Forever 21 classic black blazer $39.80

Wilfred Le Fou crepe blazer $225 (ON SALE!); Aritzia

Kourtney Kardashian rocking the white blazer with a pair of flare jeans

 

Tops
As far as tops go, the classic white v-neck is always in style. One trend to most definitely try is the denim on denim look. One thing about denim on denim is making sure they are different colors, otherwise, you’ll look like one big piece of fabric! Try a denim shirt with a pair of dark skinny jeans or pair it with a flow-y maxi/mini dress to make it more casual. Also, a great pencil skirt paired with a denim shirt and cute scarf is for sure to make a great outfit.

Ashley Olsen Sporting Denim on Denim

 

Jeans
Like every year, there is nothing more “in-style” than a great pair of jeans that fits your body type perfectly. A lot of times, teens can get caught up in trends and ignore what looks good on their bodies. While it can be fun to try new denim trends (like the 70’s inspired flare or the skinny colored denim) it is most important to buy jeans that flatter your figure and make you feel comfortable. Whether your “go-to” jeans are straight leg, skinny, boot-cut, cropped, or boyfriend, wear what is right for you. If the new denim trends work for your style and body, then take advantage of that and work them into your wardrobe!

LeAnn Rimes and Whitney Port wearing their colored denim (Whitney has the denim on denim trend spot on!)

 

Shoes
Shoes can make or break an outfit, which is why it is important to have shoes that are firstly comfortable for walking around in at school, and secondly, shoes that are in style and fit your personality. With all our rainy and cold weather it can be hard to avoid those comfy but oh-so overrated UGGS. Hopefully some of these options can help you! One trend that is in for shoes is the oxford/loafer look along with the relaxed Frye motorcycle boot. For those of you not afraid to walk around in heels, try a chunky heeled bootie or wedge. Of course, there is nothing more versatile and in style than a cute ballet flat in different colors and prints.

Accessories
Accessories are the place where you can have the most freedom in your outfits. While there are some trends to be familiar with, like layering bracelets and necklaces or wearing a cute fedora (try a dark brown or black one for fall!) to school, this is the place that identifies your style and personality most. Although it can be pricey, Chan Luu has great wrap leather bracelets and charm necklaces that can totally complete an out fit. A more economical place for jewelry is also Forever21, and they have some great pieces as well! Whether it’s a bright nail polish, chunky rings, or a deep plum wool scarf, wear what adds to your style but also try and incorporate the trends into your outfits for an up to date look.

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