Back to School: 2011

Posted August 16, 2011 by in Shopping Trends

These items are hot right now, and need to be on your back to school list no matter if you’re entering your sophomore year of high school, your senior year of college, or your second year of grad school! They’re great for all ages — so get shopping!

By: Amanda Raye and Van Crawford

1. Prairie/Lace-Up Boots

Why: They go with both pants and dresses and are perfect for all seasons. Definitely a Class-A upgrade from Uggs!

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Try: Forever 21, Steve Madden, Western/Equestrian stores, Urban Outfitter, thrift stores, and flea markets.

2. Satchels

Why: They’re classy, unisex and perfect for lugging both computers and books.

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Try: The Cambridge Satchel Company (about $70). You could also try Topshop, Urban Outfitters, flea markets and thrift stores.

3. Red Pants

Why: Like their blue cousin, they go with everything!

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Try: Zara, H&M, Old Navy, Forever 21 and Macy’s for a pair under $40. If you live in/near NYC try Necessary Clothing in Soho.

4. Maxi Skirts

Why: They’re casual yet elegant and perfect for dressing up and dressing down.

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Try: H&M and American Apparel.

5. Navajo-Print Shirts

Why: It’s a fun new trend that’ll go with past trends. Dust off your cowboy boots and moccasins!

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Try: Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Necessary Clothing and Mandee.

6. Barbie Pink Lipstick

Why: You’ll be everyones favorite fashionista. This color just oozes confidence!

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Try: Sally’s Mini Lipsticks ($1), Wet n’ Wild ($1), Forever 21 ($4) and New York Color ($2) — Target, Walmart and CVS.

7. Blazer

Why: It’s great for those in-between days; when it’s not cold enough to wear a jacket but you’re still kind of chilly. An instant it-girl piece. Loose the hoodie ladies!

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Try: Zara, Forever 21, Topshop, H&M, Uniqlo and thrift stores.

8. Oxfords

Why: They go with everything! I always hoped they would come back in style. I used to have the hardest time finding shoes to pair with my vintage dresses. An amazing upgrade to the childish looking ballerina flat!

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Try: Forever 21, Aldo, thrift stores, Steve Madden and Macy’s

9. Tom’s

Why: They’re for a good cause, and so much cuter than the everyday walking sneaker.

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Try: ($54)

10. Leggings

Why: They’re back for yet another season! Need a change? Try nylon leggings!

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Try: Mandee, American Apparel, Rainbow, H&M, Wet Seal, Macy’s, and perhaps Forever 21.

11. Penny Loafers and Boat Shoes

Why: They’re great for both men and women! Loafer heels aren’t half bad either!

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Try: thrift stores, Macy’s, Nordstroms, Target, Walmart, Call It Spring and Urban Outfitters.

12. A New Hairstyle

Why: It’s always great to start the school year with a new look. Add a silver blonde highlight, go red, add bangs, cut it all off…have fun! Just make sure you go to a professional.

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What’s on your back to school list this year?