Boy meets girl for back-to-school fashion. Both are borrowing from classic menswear, reworking it in younger ways. Wall Street plaids and herringbones migrate to skinny pants and miniskirts. Brogues and boots abound, sporting unusual soles or metal details. Adding a “Wild One” edge, motorcycle jackets top preppy looks for boys. Denim and military-inspired shirts are staples for both, but with twists — a contrast collar for him or jeweled embellishment for her.
One gender-neutral trend continues to build momentum: “Denim isn’t just about the blue jean — it’s all about bold patterns and colors for back to school,” said Karen Tweedie, a senior vice president at Kohl’s.
Teens are taking cues from street-style blogs, peers and their own mirror.
“Girls are photographing themselves daily and cataloging their outfits on their own blogs and websites,” said Mary Kate Steinmiller, senior fashion market editor for Teen Vogue. “People love to peruse these sites to see how the average girl or guy is dressing.”
“It’s not easy for the average girl to sport a rich brocade party dress with crystals,” Steinmiller said, “but she certainly can add a shirt with an embellished collar, a crystal necklace, bejeweled bracelet, metallic shoes or embroidered bag to her outfit.”
Opulence in the form of gems, crystals, sequins and regal fabrics starred on the fall runways of Dolce and Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton.Hardware:
“Ankle boots are key and can be worn with anything, including skirts, shorts, skinny jeans and dresses,” said Tweedie said.
On him:Motorcycle jacket: Denim on denim:
“The easiest way to indulge in a trend but not commit to it fully if it’s a bit risky or very fashion forward is to pick an accessory that reflects the trend and work it into your current wardrobe,” Steinmiller said.