Are you ready for Back to School Saturday? If that sounds like an oxymoron, you probably haven’t heard that August 11 is now a national day for back to school clothes shopping!
That’s right — stores and brands across the country are offering discounts and hosting fun events for student shoppers. Teen Vogue founded this day of sales and free samples by rallying brands like H&M, American Eagle Outfitters, Pac Sun, Cover Girl, Quiksilver and Vans to participate.
So, now that you have an official excuse to start your back to school shopping, you need a list. Check out our four must-have fall trends (for the ladies and the gents) that will help you feel confident and ready to take on anything this year, whether you’re applying to colleges or looking for a fresh start on campus.
1. The Blazer
As temperatures drop for fall, a blazer is easy to layer with your favorite separates and accessories. They also add a little class to any outfit.
Tips for Ladies: Summer was all about crop tops, but now it’s time for longer lengths. Find a long blazer to pair with your favorite skinny jeans or that summer dress you love.
Tips for Gents: Guys should look for military-inspired blazers with structure and interesting details. Pair these with long-sleeved, striped shirts or simple cotton tees.
(Photo Credits: Zara and Gap)
2. Prints & Embroidery
Whether you’re shopping for shirts, pants or accessories, try bold prints or embroidered items. Mixing bright fall colors with patterns and embellishments are a sure-fire way to update your look and show your personality.
Tips for Ladies: Ethnic prints, stripes and brocade are gorgeous ways to add some color and detail to any outfit. Go for tanks you can layer or fun accessories for less expensive ways to get the look.
Tips for Gents: Plaid collared shirts and ruby stripes with embroidered logos or symbols are your go-to style options for an all-American fall outfit.
(Photo Credits: TopShop and Timberland)
3. Colored Pants
Get back in the school groove with color! Pants of all shapes, sizes and colors are on trend this fall for everyone.
Tips for Ladies: We’re digging darker oranges and hunter greens – a veritable homage to the color change of seasons – in skinny jeans for fall. Pair them with long blazers, cardigans or your chambray shirt from this summer.
Tips for Gents: This fall is all about the colored corduroy for the guys. Experiment with navy blue, rust or dark green pants that are fitted, but not too tight. The combination of color and texture will freshen up your old denim routine.
(Photo Credits: Amazon)
4. Bright Sneakers
If you’re afraid of color, or simply just want to add more to your look, shop for colorful sneakers. From patterns to neon, there’s a variety of high- and low-top options at any price point.
Tips for Gents: Guys, there are a range of brands and looks for you. From skater shoes to retro high-tops, brands like Nike, Converse, Adidas, Sperry Top-Sider and Urban Outfitters have great prices and a wide range of colors.
(Photo Credits: Suno, Sperry Top-Sider, Vans and Nike)
What item is at the top of your must-have back to school shopping list?