2015 back to school trends

5 Essential Back to School Trends for This Year

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One of the best things about going back to school is that now’s the time to get some new things. Here are five of the top teen back to school trends for 2015.

Thick Rubber Sole Shoes

Lug soles are back, offering fantastic contrast to everything from brogue detailed boots by Michael Kors to daintier patent leather ankle boots from Balenciaga. Coach has put these tough-looking soles on tall biker boots lined with shearling, and Alexander Wang has taken the trend to new heights with platforms. While thick soles look fantastic with jeans or leggings, it’s not too much of a stretch to pair them with a skirt. Fashion mags and online style sites offer plenty of inspiration for making this look your own.

Top Handle Bags

Every girl needs a bag, but not just any bag will do for 2015, especially if you want to go back to school in style. Available in every kind of shape and style imaginable, top handle bags can be stylish status symbols or simple carryalls that scream practicality. This year’s runway shows highlighted top-handled trunks from Louis Vuitton, funky crocodile cases from Alexander McQueen, and fun front flap bags from Giambattista Valli. Softer shapes from Prada, Christian Dior, and Marc Jacobs bridge the gap between last year’s styles and newer, contemporary profiles. If the real thing isn’t quite in your back to school budget, check for stylish knock-offs. While they don’t offer the same quality or sophistication as designer top handle bags do, they let you enjoy the look for less.

Single / Mismatched Earrings

Push the envelope and make a style statement by adopting one of the hottest fall trends of 2015: The single or mismatched earring. For this look, pick an earring that’s like a work of art. Chandelier earrings, geometrics, and earrings with colored feathers are ideal, as are ear cuffs. Create balance and additional visual interest by wearing a statement earring in one ear and a smaller, plain earring that matches the same theme in the other. A simple gemstone, pearl, or precious metal stud or a small hoop might be ideal. Play with the look to make it your own, and don’t forget to spend some time hunting for unusual finds.

Delicate Jewelry

Not into crazy colors or wild earrings? No worries. Basic styles are still all the rage, particularly when back to school styles are limited by the confines of dress codes. If you like a milder look or have to wait ‘til the weekend to let your wild side show, give your look some sparkle with delicate jewelry. Simple and dainty, a lightweight necklace goes with just about everything, and also happens to be perfect for layering. Lovely crystal earrings offer a compromise between everyday studs and fashionable chandeliers, while bangle bracelets, lariat necklaces and beautiful little accent rings provide a subtle yet glamorous gleam.

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The 70s are Back

All good things return in time, particularly where fashion is concerned. Back to school trends for 2015 are embracing the 1970s and all the fun, funky styles that were popular then. Suedes, velvets, and flared fashions are once again adding color, movement, and a flirty feel to fashion runways around the world. Lightweight dresses in crazy colors are perfect for warm fall days, and groovy prints with optical stripes, psychedelic waves, and simpler check patterns make 2015’s fall collections a feast for the eyes. Fringes and ruffles give way to big bows, oversize shoulders, and large buttons as 70s styles merge with favorites from the 1980s. The look can be a challenge to pull off without a little help from the pros so be sure to check your favorite magazines for inspiration!

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