What to wear for the first day of school
by guest blogger @lindsayleboyer, Lindsay LeBoyer
|model Shalom Harlow|
Pay attention to the weather
Crew neck t-shirt, $14.99, J. Crew
Check the weather forecast for your first week of school. In many areas, September still feels like summer. You may feel tempted to wear your new fall jacket on the first day, but most likely people will be wearing shorts and a lightweight top. The key here is to wear pieces that can transition from summer to fall. This can save you money too, because a lot of stores have big summer sales towards the end of August. One of the best things you can buy for fall at a summer sale is a t-shirt. Not just any old t-shirt, you'll want it to be soft, comfortable, and flattering. You can never go wrong with a crew-neck in 100% cotton. A t-shirt never goes out of style. You can wear it with cargo shorts from summer and long jeans in the fall. T-shirts also make great layering pieces underneath cardigans when the weather gets really chilly. Basic white is always a must, but you can take advantage of summer sales and stock up in several colors. Bamboo yellow, cedar green, deep teal, honeysuckle pink, and phlox purple are all hot for fall 2011. You can find all of these colors including basic white on sale for just $15 at J. Crew.
|Converse sneakers, $39.95 at Nordstrom|
Some other items that can transition from summer to fall are sneakers, like Converse all stars. In addition, layer pieces like open knit sweaters, and a great pair of light to medium wash jeans.
Don't be afraid to accessorize
|Set of wooden bangles from TopShop, $28|
You'll want to buy some great pieces of jewelry and accessories on your back to school shopping spree. Jewelry can really transform a look. A statement necklace or chunky bangle is an easy way to get noticed on your first day. Avoid things like hemp or seashells, which scream "I'm still in vacation mode." Go for something that's still youthful and fun, yet sophisticated, like a wooden cuff. This set from TopShop has shades of chestnut and copper, which are perfect for fall.
Fall essential: scarves
Plaid scarf by Thakoon, $250, Thakoon.com
|Urban Outfitters, $24|
Wear a lightweight woven style and save the heavy knits for winter. Try a floral print for your first day and classic plaid once it gets deeper into fall. Plaid was seen all over the runways this season, like at Rag and Bone, Sonia Rykiel, and Thakoon, who took his leftover plaid fabric and created limited edition scarves. Thakoon's scarves will set you back by $250, but all the proceeds go to UNICEF. Another more affordable option is this tartan scarf from Urban Outfitters for $24.
Dress comfortably and be yourself
|Striped v-neck T, $29.95, Gap|
Blogger Lindsay LeBoyer is interning at Schulman Art for the Summer 2011 season. She writes a fashion blog called The Style Child.
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