Not So Uniform

A Fresh, Stylish Start to a New Year
Scott Holstein
Hair by Lindsey Young and Sarah Cadenhead|!!| ARDAN’S SALON. Fiona Steinmetz raided her own closet to find these eye-catching studded suede boots and chunky gold-and-fuchsia bracelet … the perfect way to add some flair to her Holy Comforter uniform.

Scott Holstein

Hair by Lindsey Young and Sarah Cadenhead, ARDAN’S SALON. Ani Garrigo is accessorizing for her senior year at John Paul II High School with a POL crochet cardigan ($64) cinched with a wide leather and elastic belt ($19), an enameled pendant and matching earrings ($29), memory wire bracelets ($25 each), Lucky Brand butterfly ring ($25) and Big Budda ballet mocs with a kiltie and bow detail. All from Spriggs. A rolled-up cuff, open collar and a big smile is all Casey Palmer needs for a great start to his sixth grade year at Maclay School. Fiona Steinmetz raided her own closet to find these eye-catching studded suede boots and chunky gold-and-fuchsia bracelet … the perfect way to add some flair to her Holy Comforter uniform.

I remember all the years when I was growing up, looking forward to back-to-school shopping. Weeks before the first day of class, I would lay out outfit after outfit on my bed, planning what I would wear the first day of school. It was important — I wanted to get the new year started off right.

Even if your school requires a uniform, there are several ways to stand out in a crowd of plaid and khaki. Make your school uniform unique — and all about you! Here are a few tips; just don’t buy anything until you knowit will pass muster with your school’s rules:

» Instead of outfits, change your hair. Don’t stick with one style; wear it up, down, curly or flat-ironed. Then add bows, barrettes and hairbands to create a variety of sassy looks.
» Make a statement with your jewelry. Change up your earrings. You may have restrictions, but there’s no reason to wear the same pair every day. Or wear a signature necklace or bracelet.
» Choose an eye-catching watch.
» Ditto for your backpack and lunch bag. You can highlight your personality with color, charms, pins and patches. For a more sophisticated look, tie on a scarf.
» Pick a purse that pops.
» Wear a scarf as a belt. Or, wear a belt with a distinctive buckle.
» When the weather gets cold, get creative with your outerwear. There are so many different possibilities to choose from, including sweaters, jackets, hoodies, Pashminas, shrugs and capes.
» If the color of your tights is limited, choose the regulation color with unique textures and patterns.
» Say it with shoes. Wear pumps, ankle boots, Chuck Taylors or cute ballet flats. If you’re saddled with a lace-up shoe, pick patterned laces rather than the standard black or white.

Scott Holstein

Ani’s looking boho chic in this Lucky Brand rayon maxi dress ($178), fringe cross-body bag, bold silver wire link necklace ($29) and suede and brad wrap watch ($39). All from Spriggs. Ready for whatever adventure senior year at Chiles High School will bring, Connor Stephens is wearing BKE deep indigo straight-leg, low-rise jeans ($79.95), a Hurley Bizzy T-shirt ($29.50), Good Times, Bad Times overshirt ($59.95), “Satisfaction” Grey Wash sneakers ($41.95), Fossil square-faced black metal chronograph watch ($125), BKE Necklace ($16.95) and wrist wrap ($9.95), Hurley graphic print backpack ($58) and Aviator Sunglasses $14.50. All from Buckle, Governors Square Mall. Fiona is in the pink … and white and turquoise, which proclaim she’s a Lilly girl. She creates her Lilly Pulitzer look with white scallop-bottom seersucker shorts ($74), and a colorful silk top ($158) cinched with a patent leather skinny belt with bow detail ($48). Completing the look are multicolored bamboo-look bangle bracelets ($18 each) and Set in Stone Wedge sandals ($268). All from Pink Narcissus. Pops of color are the highlight of Chandler Watts’ back-to-school ensemble, starting with the on-trend It brand cropped skinny jeans in beau blue ($80). She’s also wearing a Free People blanket-patterned top ($128) and seamless camisole ($24) accessorized by a faux alligator clutch purse, giant bangle bracelets, circle filigree earrings with turquoise accents ($10) and Dolce Vita hot pink Stella sandals ($56). All from Cole Couture. Casey is Polo from head to toe in a Polo Ralph Lauren bright orange henley ($29.99) topped by a turquoise polo shirt ($45). Cargo pants ($29.99) and Ranger Brandy Timber Boots ($169) complete his look. All from Dillard’s.

A Fresh, Stylish Start to a New School Year   
Whether you’re rocking checks, high-top shoes, ballet flats, graphic tees, stacked bracelets or a maxi dress, always remember: A smile and a good attitude are your best accessories.

That said, here are a few trends you should be finding in the school hallways starting in August:

» Skinny jeans are the season’s hot trend — especially in bright colors. But keep in mind that skinny jeans don’t suit everyone’s body type. The very good news is that boot-cut and flared jeans are also in style.
» What would jeans be without a tee? Just be careful about wearing T-shirts that feature slogans or phrases — there’s no need to be offensive. For the guys, a plaid cotton shirt is a great way to dress it up a bit.
» The hot fashion colors for the season are jade, teal, bamboo, coffee, orchid and phlox (also known as psychedelic purple).
» For nails, the season’s colors are graphite, peridot and quartz, topped with crackle polish. Look for new scented polishes too.
» When it comes to accessories,
the watchwords are chunky and funky. Think plastic, oversized rings and stacks of big, fat bracelets. Feather earrings are also a hot trend, as well as retro sunglasses and cross-body purses.
» Here are a few other fashionable words to remember: crochet detailing, blazers, scarves and eco-friendly.

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