Fashion is constantly changing, from the ’20s with short bobs and tight dresses, to the ’50s with poodle skirts and leather jacket, to the ’80s with big hair and neon colors.
Now in 21st century all of these styles evolved to floral print, jeggings, loose shirts, skinny jeans and feathers in your hair.
Where can you see all of these fashion statements in one place? A modern high school campus, but more specifically on the first day back to school. Just see what it’s like Monday around McKinney.
It has been said that the first day of school is the most fashionable day of the year because it is the day to give your big first impression to the student body and give everyone a taste of what “your style” is.
Along with new styles, comes new places to shop. Teenagers, and often times more specifically teenage girls, like to shop at stores such as Buckle, Forever 21, Express, American Eagle, Urban Outfitters, and Nordstrom. Check out the local malls this weekend and you’ll see.
All of these stores are usually up to date with the current fashion and offer a wide selection of name brand clothes that teens buy because they have seen their friends or favorite celebrity wearing the same thing. Many stores will have back to school sales or exclusive deals because they make the majority of their sales for the fall season right before kids go back to school.
The current fashion for girls includes loose fitted tops with a lace trimming, graphic tees, name brand jeans like Miss Me or MEK, gladiator sandals, Sperry’s, and keds. Boys usually go for polos, graphic tees, v-neck shirts, name brand jeans like MEK or BKE, vans, and Nike sneakers.
One the biggest current fashion statements is TOMS. TOMS are flat patterned shoes that are sold at Nordstrom and Whole Foods, and when you buy a pair the same pair is sent to a child in need. The shoes come in various designs from solid colors, sparkles, denim washed, animals, and other patterns. It is also popular for teens to buy a solid color pair and draw on them themselves to create their own design and help promote their individuality.
Although shopping for a new school year is fun, it is also pricy. Being a smart shopper can help you save and also get the clothes you want to show off at school. Stores such as Target, Ross, TJ-Maxx, Plato’s Closet, and even local thrift stores can have tons of gently used name brand clothes or the same styles with a label or pattern tweaked. There’s nothing wrong with stocking up on magazines and cutting out all the coupons you
can find! All of these little things can help you shop even if you’re on a tight budget.
Back to school shopping is always fun because you get a chance to see what everyone else is wearing, decide what styles you like and what you don’t, and spice up your wardrobe a little bit. Buying what you like an sporting it proudly on the first day of school can really say a lot about who are and show off your personality
through your image.
Also, don’t forget to check out the image gallery below for some of my examples of 2011 fashion.
— McKinney High senior Christine Baker is Teen Talk columnist for TSB.