Back to School Style 2013

One of the best parts of returning to school for a brand new semester is back-to-school shopping. While you can certainly incorporate your current clothing selection into your wardrobe for the new year, buying a few new items will ensure your style is trendy, modern and sophisticated.

T-shirts & skirts
One of the most popular outfit combinations for fall is the T-shirt and skirt combo. You can either opt for an ultra-trendy crop top paired with a high-waisted skirt, or you can choose a pleated A-line skirt with a favorite tee tucked in. This is a great way to incorporate vintage T-shirts into your wardrobe while achieving an easy feminine look. This is an especially good combination for the first few weeks of school when it is still sunny and warm outside.

The Polka Dot Skater Skirt from delilas.com is a great starting point. From there, you can tuck in a favorite concert T-shirt or a graphic tee with a favorite (school-appropriate!) slogan or quote. Top off the look with a long, open cardigan and low-top sneakers or ballet flats.

Skater dresses & socks
Dresses can be one of the most hassle-free clothing options, which is great for busy mornings before school. You can slip on a dress and shoes and head out the door, or you can take a few extra minutes to layer your frock during cooler months.

This fall, skater dresses have become very popular. These dresses are generally on the shorter side and feature solid colors, stretchy fabric and retro circle skirts. To ensure your dress is school appropriate, make sure the skirt isn’t too short and the sleeves extend past your shoulders. Pair the dress with knit knee socks and chunky high heels or boots. The Others Follow Shirley Navy Blue Skater dress from lulus.com would look great with brown shoes and a slim brown leather belt around the waist.

Maxi skirts
Maxi dresses slip in and out of fashion, but it looks like maxi skirts are here to stay this fall. Neutral colors like black, gray and navy are the best options, and comfortable fabrics like jersey and cotton will ensure your outfit is not too formal or dressy. Look for maxi skirts that contain no side slits and fall just at the ankles. You don’t want to be tripping over your clothing in the hallways or dragging the fabric in mud as you walk to the bus.

The Solid Knit Maxi Skirt from Charlotte Russe is a perfect choice. It can be worn with a button-down top tied at the hips. Roll up the sleeves and top off the outfit with a long statement necklace and sandals or flats. A maxi skirt can also be worn with an oversized long-sleeved shirt. Wear your hair up in a top knot to modernize the look, and finish it off with big, bold earrings.

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