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Back-to-school style looks backward with retro-varsity, plaid, vintage florals

Check out the classic, retro, and funky looks

It’s back to school and what better way to start the new year than with the latest trendy outfits? After all, what teenager doesn’t want to look their best on the first day of classes?

If you haven’t put together all the cute outfits to rock this season, here are a few ideas to help you feel inspired. First off, most on-display clothing is designed for comfort, practicality, and style, above all else. Even sweats, both tops and bottoms, make a trendy statement. 

All the fall colours are back — burnt orange, caramel, brown, mustard, green and tan. But for fashion-conscious shoppers, retailers are also selling clothing in saturated tints of blue, red, yellow, and lime. All white is also popular this year, particularly in platform sneakers.  

A wave of nostalgia is hitting harder than ever with a preppy trend. You can see the retro spirit in varsity sweatshirts, chunky loafers, and lots of plaid everywhere you look — tartan mini-skirts, long-sleeve shirts and blouses, blazers, vests, shackets (a shirt jacket), and pants. 

Blue jeans never go out of style, whether paired with a casual crop top or a sophisticated leather coat. But while elementary-school children still opt for skinnies, older teens are snapping up the high-waisted, vintage boot cut or the slightly baggy, relaxed shape that pairs perfectly with sneakers. 

Here in the region, autumn is a time of transition and an opportunity to play with layers. A trendy boxy look that is sleek and stylish can combine a fashionable block sweater and crop jacket with ripped jeans and boots. 

Retailers are also bringing back a vintage look, with soft floral prints that grandma would have favoured. Updated into a body suit with straight-leg pants, the look is romantic and flirty. 

Crop tops were big in the summer and will continue into the fall. Since autumn lends to layering to maintain comfort on cool, crisp mornings and into warm afternoons, repurpose a crop top with high-waisted flared pants and a shacket for a snug feel. 

Some teens find their groove with the street look. This year designers are into bright neon crop tops, ripped jeans, bucket hats, and loafers for that uber cool-girl look. 

Animal prints create a great vibe for school, and tie-dye apparel, even in lounge wear, is still big with teens. One trend that’s getting a lot of chatter is the split-colour look in shirts, turtlenecks, and vests. The eye-popping split colour creates a statement that co-ordinates well with plain jeans and sneakers. 

And of course, those oversize sweatshirts and hoodies are still in big demand. 

Ultimately, the clothing you choose defines your style. And style is what you make of it. Own it, shine from the inside, feel confident!

Anna Borowiecki

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