Style 101: Back-to-school fashion trends for fall 2015
Sure, styles may change, but one thing remains the same: Picking out a first-day-of-school outfit is just as fun when you’re a senior in college as it was when you were in kindergarten.
With back-to-school deals in full force, the first lesson on the syllabi: Fall fashion 101.
Here’s what’s trending in back-to-school styles from elementary school to college, and everything in between.
We’re noticing a bit of boho influence in children’s wear this season and it’s absolutely adorable. With loose knits and cute stitching, breezy cotton dresses and linen-blend bermuda shorts, these looks are reminiscent of the beach-bumming days of summer. (And, they’ll transition well into the school year because those classrooms can be hot in August)!
This cutesy dress features cross-stitch detailing along the neck, shoulders and yoke with a multi-colored tassel tie at the neck. Girl’s Sleeveless Cross-Stitch Dresses, $24 (plus Cash Back), oldnavy.com
For boys, these linen-blended bermuda shorts with a polo are a perfect formula for a back-to-school look that still pays homage to the final days of summer. Boy’s Linen-Blend Bermudas, on sale $12.00 (plus Cash Back), oldnavy.com
Stuck in the middle
Shopping with a middle-schooler for back-to-school clothes? Let this be a lesson in diplomacy! One back-to-school trend that you can both agree upon, though? Denim!
Breathe easier! After a long reign of skinny jeans ruling the denim empire, bootcut jeans have made a revival. These dark-wash bootcut jeans are a wardrobe staple that can be mixed and matched throughout the school year and on weekends. Bootcut Core Dark Wash Denim, on sale $19.75 (plus Cash Back), aeropostale.com
For boys, the slightly (and we mean very slight!) destroyed denim look is a great look and can be dressed up with a button-up plaid shirt or played down with a vintage T-shirt. Cool wrinkles and a little bit of fading make this a perfect pair of denim. Slim Straight Medium Wash Jean, on sale $24.75 (plus Cash Back), aeropostale.com
High school cool
For high schoolers, we’re loving the renovated “juniors” section at Nordstrom called “Trend space” where you can shop curated looks by brands like Topshop, BP and Savvy and shop by trend — whether it’s “noveau Boho” or “bold prints.”
Trending for teens this fall: Simple black-and-white ensembles and prints. All the detailing on this Topshop dress gets extra credit — from the velvet trim, lane paneling, high neckline! Velvet Trim Embroidered Lace Dress (plus Cash Back), $90, nordstrom.com
For young men, a soft-washed T-shirt with a vintage design paired with denim is a go-to school day look. In a sea of solid-colored V-necks, throw in a cool, graphic crewneck like this one that has a weathered seascape design on it. ‘Misty Palm Trees’ Graphic T-shirt, on sale $14.75 (plus Cash Back), nordstrom.com
College style 101
Here’s a challenge: While it’s tempting to wear your athletic wear to class, how about getting gussied up for your first day back-to-campus? You never know what kind of connections you might forge in class — whether it be a Friday night date or a lead for a paid internship.
Dress to impress with a look that mirrors business casual!
For sharp collegiate wear, we love the preppy looks at J. Crew.
For young women, toss on a collegiate-inspired blazer — like this Regent Blazer, a feminine and fitted jacket — over a white or tan dress or even pair it with a pair of bermuda shorts and T-shirt. It lends instant polish. Regent Blazer, $198 (plus Cash Back), jcrew.com
Young men, sharpen up your jeans-and-T-shirt look with a light-weight sportscoat. Trust us, you’re in the prime demographic of guys who can pull of this cool-guy look. Ludlow Sportscoat in Engineer-Striped Cotton, $228 (plus Cash Back), jcrew.com