Looking Good for Back to School

As a mother of two teenagers, and having always been an aspiring fashionista, I completely understand and relate to the needs of a fabulous back to school wardrobe.  For most teenagers, who and what you are is greatly communicated through your clothes, your style.  So parents it is important we let our kids/teenagers have free reign on this expression…don’t fight them, help them. Of course some boundaries and limitations should be formed, mostly budget and appropriateness.  Here are some tips and inspiration for both you parents and teens to make the most out of your back to school shopping…

I do hate saying this, but, first impression is everything.  No matter how much you think it doesn’t matter it does. It has been said that you make your first impression of someone in the first 10 seconds of meeting them! With that I would say go ahead and find that great first day of school outfit…your peers and teachers are definitely going to be sizing you up!

My first piece of advice before taking on a shopping extravaganza, is to clean out the closet. Cleaning out the closet before heading out shopping will help you truly know what you need and what you don’t need. Figure out the items that no longer fit you, you no longer like, or have seen better days and need to be tossed. There are tons of great organizations and shelters that are always looking for donations. If you have items that have never been worn and still have tags on them I strongly suggest eBay. Use the cash to invest in new replacement pieces.

Whether your shopping expedition will take place at Wal-Mart or Bloomingdales, set a budget. Shopping vintage stores and yard sales can be fun and help you save a lot of money.  I love eBay for vintage t-shirts and jackets! For shoe shopping I discovered you can find tons of discount coupons for all the major shoe websites. Keep in mind you don’t have to buy your entire fall/winter wardrobe at once. Spreading it out can be less overwhelming. Remember September and October can still be warm so sweaters and jackets can be purchased a little later.

Most of us have a look or persona we portray.  If you or your teenager hasn’t figured that out yet, explore that. It will help you find clothes you love. Are you Rocker, Feminine, Preppy, Sporty, Artsy, etc.? Find your individuality!

Here are some examples…

Rocker, Edgy…

Preppy…

Artsy…

Now, learn the trends. Trends are a way to be current. This season we are seeing so much in fashion! As always I recommend incorporating whatever trend you love but do not spend a lot! Trends go in and out and it is very likely you will be clearing your closet of these items next year.

Huge, huge!!! Varsity jackets and sweaters…

Motorcycle Jackets, Moto Jackets…

Floral, sorry boys I have to leave you out on this one…

Cardigan Sweaters…

Chambray Shirts…Denim Jackets…

Blazers…

Graphic Print Tees…

Plaid…

Colored Bottoms…

Guys often have a harder time creating their style.  I recommend trying the layered look. Layers add interest and create total functionality…mornings are cold waiting outside for the bus and schools are usually warm.

Adding accessories for guys is also an easy way to create individuality. It’s also a way to add new life to an old outfit.  Try a scarf, an interesting belt, a watch with interchangeable bands, a quirky bow tie (my son has a whole collection!), fun socks, or a pop of color with a bright backpack…

Girls generally have an easier time. But accessories again are fun and easy pieces to add to your look.  Try scarves, belts, stacked bracelets, bright tights, a unique backpack, and anything else you love and are attracted to…

Shoes are so important.  I think it is a requirement to wear a brand new pair on the first day of school, that started back when you were in Kindergarten. So choose something fabulous and comfy! You can even design your own unique pair at www.converse.com

Looking Good for back to school doesn’t have to be about spending a fortune, buying an entire new wardrobe, or stressing over your clothes. It’s about being creative, finding your uniqueness, and being proud of who you are, no matter what that is. Good luck and have a fabulous year!

xo-Robin

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