While many teens are hitting the stores for last-minute, back-to-school shopping — and spending sleepless nights trying to figure out what to wear on the big first day — I’m spending my last few weeks of summer relaxing on the beach.
By Casey Diaz
While many teens are hitting the stores for last-minute, back-to-school shopping — and spending sleepless nights trying to figure out what to wear on the big first day — I’m spending my last few weeks of summer relaxing on the beach. After leaving public school in second grade to attend Catholic school, I went from my mom dressing me to wearing a uniform. I used to hate putting on the same boring jumper every day, arguing it took away everyone’s individuality and freedom of choice. That was when I was 10.
Heading into my junior year of high school, I’m glad I’ve had to wear a uniform all of these years. It takes away the stress of deciding what to wear every day. And, heaven forbid, you wear the same shirt twice in one week. It also avoids any potential conflict of who has the nicest clothes and how much money was spent. The only problem you may run into with uniforms is who wore it best. Surprisingly enough, when given a dress down day once a month, 90 percent of the girls at my school use the opportunity to show off their new wardrobes by wearing the pajamas they slept in the night before.
On the other hand, for those of you who don’t have the luxury of wearing a kilt and polo every day, there are a lot of new and exciting trends this fall. One of them is a masculine silhouette for women. Stores such as Forever 21 have come up with creative ways to incorporate blazers, jumpsuits, and A-line button-downs in their new collections.
Another big trend hitting the runways is leather. Even during this year’s scorching summer, celebrities have donned leather pants, dresses, jackets, and shoes. Leather is a great way to give an otherwise plain look a sophisticated shine. Don’t worry, you don’t have to spend thousands to get in on the craze; H&M has some terrific leather looks that won’t empty out your leather wallet.
Last, but not least, everyone needs some pieces of statement jewelry. Bold, chunky, and colorful jewelry are what it’s all about this year. Whether a ring, necklace, bracelet, or earrings, it’s sure to add that x-factor to your school look. Check out the growing website, etsy.com, where individuals sell vintage or handmade pieces.
To complete your back-to-school wardrobe, I suggest you also “study up” on LF, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, H&M, and brandymelvilleusa.com.
The author will be a junior at School of the Holy Child this fall.