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Back to School Trends for Teens

It feels like summer just began, but school is right around the corner. Time to put away those high-waisted denim cutoffs and head back to the mall for some back to school shopping! We’ve got some insights into back to school trends for teens.

Cute and Casual

I never understood when I went to high school why it had to begin at 7:00 a.m. If you’re feeling like a zombie, we’ve got some ideas to be cute, casual, and a little sporty:

• White Pants: Sure, there’s that no white after Labor Day rule, but white is very in this year. White pants also look clean and fresh even if you don’t do anything else.

• Tote Bags: If your school allows it, tote bags are excellent alternatives to purses and backpacks. Fine one with a cute print to pull together that casual look. One of the benefits of a tote is when it gets dirty, you can hand it to mom to throw in the washer.

• Classic Sneakers: Stay away from clunky tennis shoes and grab a pair of vintage sneakers. Roll up your jeans and show off some fun socks.

• Chunky watches: Borrow a big watch from your dad or brother. You can use this as a solid base for layering or wear it on its own.

Bohemian Chic

This look means wild patterns and lots of floral. My best advice is to keep this look a little modern; don’t go grab your parents’ bellbottoms. You’re looking for loose and flowy tops paired with distressed skinny jeans—faded or ripped—to get a look that has a retro edge, but won’t make you look like you just got out of Woodstock (Google it).

Ankle boots really go well with this look, and you can either go with a flat boot or something with a heel. Another strategy is to get an outfit that’ boyish with a feminine edge. For example, rock a pair of jean shorts built with some lace down the side. For accessories, go to a thrift store looking for some chunky turquoise jewelry and sunglasses with round frames.