Fall Fashion Forward
by Jillian Bietz
The last few weeks of summer are a time to relax. Why spoil your precious last days by stressing out about your back to school wardrobe? Well, fortunately, this autumn's comfort is rapidly becoming trendy in a big way. Its called bohemian or "boho" for short. Popular among celebrities including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, oversized sunglasses, prairie skirts, and chunky jewelry have never been so fashionable. All the rage in the 60's and 70's, hippie looks are back on the runway. But be careful, because there is a big difference between stylish boho, and sloppy hobo. Here are the top 7 necessary pieces you need into keeping your style trendy and chic:
1. Prairie Skirt: Tired of the old mini skirts and khaki pants? Try a flowing prairie skirt in a fabulous print, or solid color. This versatile piece can easily be dressed up with a blazer and sparkly shoes, or be dressed down with layered tees and flip-flops.
2. Big Sunglasses: Sunglasses are a total must. But why not get maximum sun protection and style with oversized lenses? You've never looked so glamorous sipping that fizzy bottle of bubbly soda during lunch!
3. Leather Satchel: From the Mall to Math Class, a roomy bag is key for stashing notebooks and pens, or just your wallet and a lip-gloss.
4. Chunky Jewelry: Sure, dainty chains are cute, but this season big beads are in! Stack thin, colorful bangles all the way up you arm, or choose a bold wooden necklace to make a statement.
5. Ripped denim: Although jeans can be hot during the day, they are perfect for those chilly nights. Deconstructed denim is a perfect way to show off your casual side while grabbing a bite to eat with friends after the game, or sitting in the chilly movie theater. These fashionable pants can easily be worn throughout the year for trendy comfort. Since ripped jeans are often pricey, try making them yourself with a cheese grater, small scissors and a small square of sandpaper. Are you crafty? Try sewing on patches or gluing on rhinestones for a personal touch.
6. Cowboy Boots: Not just for herding the cattle on the ranch anymore, these timeless boots are seen in the trendiest shops. Put those wintry Uggs back in the closet and bust out those cowboy boots! If boots aren't your style, try trendy flats with beautiful beads, or colorful sequins. Wedges are also making a comeback this year with natural fabrics such as raffia and straw.
7. Cutoff Tights: Cute for layering under a denim mini or an oversized dress, tights aren't just for fancy parties anymore. Tights are most popular in black and bright colors. They are also an easy item to personalize yourself. Just purchase a pair of inexpensive tights, and cut mid calve (but, please, make sure you aren't wearing them yet!). Voila! You now have a funky addition to a plain outfit.
To get the full effect of these trends, check out your local Salvation Army, Flea Market, or Goodwill store for wonderful vintage bargains. If "thrifting" isn't your style, most popular chain stores are carrying these fabulous fashions. Happy Shopping!
Jillian Bietz is a high school sophomore. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, creative writing, acting and cooking.
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