2016 Back-to-School fashion trends sneak peek
We know the sunshine just sunk in for summer, but as the days now begin to grow shorter, the new school year is soon on the horizon and now’s the time to brush up on 2016 back-to-school trends.
Here are some tips on how to revamp your Back-to-School wardrobe so you’re ready for the new school year when it arrives.
- Don’t procrastinate. Now is the time to start reshaping your on Back-to-School wardrobe. Start piece by piece now and you can price shop to get the best deals. Shop online and make sure you use coupon codes and Cash Back for easy deals from ShopAtHome.com.
- Purge first. Go through your closet and donate or sell anything that is out of season or doesn’t fit right. Use the money to get stuff you really want. Throw away or repair everything that is not in pristine condition.
- Create a game plan. Once you have a good inventory of what clothes you have, make a list of what you need to fill in the gaps, from basics to some of the fall’s biggest trends that will flatter your body and personality.
- Pin your list. Use Pinterest to collect inspirations and narrow down your preferences. One study by Crowdtap found that 27 percent of Back-to-School shoppers organize their shopping lists on Pinterest.
Here are our favorite trends by category for fall 2016:
For the warmer part of the school year, you may be able to get away with a trendy off-the-shoulder dress. As temps cool off, swap it for a long maxi dress (throw a cardigan on top of a sleeveless one), or look for a long-sleeved OTS dress in a darker color.
Back-to-School dresses we love (use the links to get ShopAtHome.com Cash Back):
Like dresses, shirts that show off your shoulders are big this season. Instead of a simple V-neck, pick a shirt with a lace-up front.
Instead of wearing flannel free-flowing or tucked in this fall, tie it in a knot at your waist to not only give your outfit more shape, and also give it a little more style.
If you’re looking for a simple top to wear with your favorite jeans, go for a crop top that’s short enough to be on trend but doesn’t show your belly, like a waist-length, flowy, pleated blouse. top in a deep red. We love the ruffled lace top from Charlotte Russe.
Back-to-School tops we love (use the links to get ShopAtHome.com Cash Back):
Skinny jeans are still great this fall, and so are baggier boyfriend jeans cuffed or rolled up a bit at the ankles. Colored denim has also popped back into circulation.
If feeling less bold but still want something other than blue jean, black high-waisted jeans can go casual or even dressy, if paired right. They’re super versatile and the darker color can be more flattering than many of the uber-light washes that you’ll find on the racks right now.
Back-to-School pants we love (use the links to get ShopAtHome.com Cash Back):
Ditch the big, chunky flowers and trade them for small, sweeter florals. If you want larger patterns, look for watercolor-style blended florals that are a little more abstract. Watercolors and color blends are one of the most interesting pattern trends right now.
Our favorite Back-to-School patterns:
Women’s Watercolor Maxi Dress, $49.99, Target.com
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Convertible Crossbody Bag, on sale $116.98, Nordstrom.com
A simple black choker is an easy way to channel the retro ‘90s and accent a shoulder-free top.
Mix it with a different decade with thick, retro round sunglasses.
Pair that with a fringe bag. Fringe just won’t go away (and we’re not complaining). Feeling bold? A fringe jacket is a quick way to level up even the simplest outfit.
On the feet, look for a new pair of simple ankle booties in brownish charcoal that you can wear with anything.
Simple white canvas lace-up shoes are another must-have in any fall closet, and they go with just about anything, from dress to jeans. At Charlotte Russe, you can also find them in black, grey or red.
Back-to-School 2016 Accessories we love (use the links to get ShopAtHome.com Cash Back):
BP Faux Leather Choker, $15, Nordstrom.com
55mm Round Retro Sunglasses, $12, Nordstrom.com
American Rag Fringed Faux Suede Waterfall Front Jacket, on sale $29.99, Macys.com
American Rag Edee Ankle Booties, on sale $59.99, Macys.com
Canvas Lace-up Sneakers, $12.99, CharlotteRusse.com
Burnt orange always seems to drift back into the view in the fall, and this year is no exception. Pop some orange (even some lighter shades) in your sweater for a retro spin, or accent with a brownish-orange bag that matches the leaves on the trees outside.
Orange we love (use the links to get ShopAtHome.com Cash Back):