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August 19, 2009 > Back to School Fashion

Back to School Fashion

By Christina Valdez and Joyce Keokham

With the start of another school year, parents and students are preparing for the time honored tradition of "back to school shopping." For many students, choosing a wardrobe defines an image for the school year, establishing a particular look and style. Fashion trends are indicators of clothes and accessories that will be seen on campus this fall.

This season's hot look for girls is preppy - dressing for success - with hints of spiritual free flowing bohemian. It is time to leave behind last season's vibrant colors and wild animal prints. When the bell rings for class, expect to see more subtle and neutral feminine attire. Ruffled apparel, denim dresses, leather jackets, and anything floral will be popular this year.

Casual yet fashionable includes V neck T-shirts complimenting skinny jeans. In contrast to last year's wild colorful denim, gray, white, and black shades are in favor this season. A definite staple for the school year are cardigans, adding the perfect accent to almost any outfit. To finish off the looks, popular shoe trends are gladiator sandals, leather or suede boots, ballet flats, and of course the standard shoes like Keds. Finally, a girl needs the right accessories and this fall leather and eco friendly bags, braided head bands and friendship bracelets are definitely in.

As for boys, many guys are dumping baggy jeans and the tall tee for a more fitted and preppy look. This season guys are losing bits of bulk and slimming down their apparel. From straight to skinny legged jeans and fitted shirts, men are definitely stepping up their style. Necessities for guys this fall are very similar to the girls; universal pieces like cardigans, and V-necks. Many boys are also saying goodbye to their unnecessarily large hoodies for athletic jackets, button up vests, and pea coats.

Men are often thought to have been given the lower hand in fashion. This season designs that aren't in for girls, such as gradient and burnout prints, seem to be working well for the boys. Another rising trend for men's footwear is loafers which provide a more polished look. And of course, there are the more essential shoes such as Converse, always consistent in fashion. Teenage boys will accompany their outfits with accessories such as solid colored Jansport backpacks, messenger bags, scarves, gauges, and Ray-Ban sunglasses.

As Yves Saint Laurent once said, "Fashions fade, style is eternal." As trends constantly change, students will develop their own unique and individual style. There will always be a new 'new' each season but it's not about who catches the trend wave of today it's about how each student incorporates "new" with their own personality and style.


Editor's Note:
Tri-City Voice would like to offer a special "thank you" to Macy's at NewPark Mall, especially Store Manager Michael Murray and Sales Associates Dominique Washington and Anh Nguyen who provided assistance to our staff and John F. Kennedy High School (Fremont) journalism students for the composition, editing and pictorial layout of this article.

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