Back-to-School Fashion

Finding Perfect First Day Outfits

Back-to-school season is a smart time to buy staple clothing and accessories that integrate effortlessly into existing wardrobes. However, it’s also a time that some kids stress about exactly the right looks and outfits to have. Consider the following current fashion tips and trends before heading to school.

For overall casual “vogueness,” blouses with tassels and embroidery, vintage soft tees, floral designs and embroidered skinny jeans are popular, says Taylor Lambert, sales lead at LOFT clothing store in Chesterfield Mall. Ruffles, mixed media shell shirts, fluid pants, bell sleeve blouses and swing dresses likely will carry into fall as well.

The word from New York fashion experts is when layering for warmth this autumn, navy velvet blazers, huge furry coats and floral velour tracksuit jackets may be the most sought after. Black-and-white clothing, mixed with patterns and textures, seems to be a common thread for the coming school year.

Styles for kindergarteners and grade schoolers include designer backpacks in the shapes of animals and ladybugs. Girls jersey dresses seem to be popular, too.

According to some regional people in-the-fashion-know, plaids, in general, are still in, per casual plaid guy’s shirts, Toms girls plaid slip-on shoes and Burberry girls plaid pleated skirts.

Trendy junior clothing apparel includes boys striped cotton polos, Cherokee boys slip-on loafers and Paul Frank girls tennis shoes. Regarding accessories that might get on the “I want” list: Alexander McQueen for Puma Street Climb sneakers, nylon and leather messenger bags, and SEE’s plastic unisex glasses.

Cues for this year’s back-to-school trends always can be taken from the global community of students and young adults of College Fashionista, per recent references in Seventeen magazine. Their personal preferences and suggestions for 2017 fashion were:

  • Sport minimalistic looks, don lots of black, wear chic sneakers and add elements that were inspirations this summer.
  • Mix things that don’t traditionally go together.
  • Incorporate the comeback of 1980s overalls.
  • Wear long-lined shirts, textured fabrics and distressed denim.
  • Liberate in baggier, relaxed boyfriend jeans.
  • Mix tomboy and girlie items.
  • Cover up with jean jackets.
  • Select casual layers and nude heels.
  • Use button-front skirts.
  • Have fun wearing black skinny jeans, cropped jackets, favorite summer tank tops and oversized clutches.
  • Combine skirts and leather jackets.
  • Dress in neutral colors.

Whatever new looks that students are trying to create, Chesterfield offers plenty of retail outlet choices to find the appropriate clothing-related ensembles. Check out Abercrombie & Fitch, Aldo, American Eagle Outfitters, ASICS, Bass Factory Outlet, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Charlotte Russe, Clarks, Coach New York, Columbia Factory Store, Converse, Disney Outlet, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Emerge Pop-Up Boutique, Express Factory Outlet, Fossil, Gap Factory, Gymboree Outlet, H&M, Hollister Co., Hot Topic, J. Crew Factory, Journeys, Kate Spade New York, Levi’s, Lucky Brand Outlet, Maurices, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Oakley Vault, OshKosh B’Gosh, PacSun, Papaya, rue21, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tatyana Boutique, The Children’s Place Outlet, True Religion Outlet, UGG Australia, Van Heusen, IZOD Golf and Zumiez.