By: Lillabeth B. 

Everyone loves back-to-school season: the shopping, the organizing, the ominous dread of returning to school… And whether you’re preparing for your first year of middle school or your last year of high school, it’s the perfect time to give your wardrobe a much needed makeover so you can strut into class in style! Here are some quick tips for making sure you look your best on your first day back.

Restocking Your Closet
            When you’re shopping for your fall wardrobe, you might be tempted to run to the “back-to-school sale” signs and away from everything else, but first, take a step back and survey your options.
1. Forget about trends
While most fashion magazines boast “the hottest back-to-school trends”, this article is about making a splash, not following the tide! If you want to stand out, the best thing you can do is wear what you like, not what the fashion gods tell you to wear.
2. Something old, something new
If you buy from chain stores like Target and Macy’s, trends will be impossible to avoid, and you’ll spend a lot of money. Thrift stores are gold mines full of unique clothes perfect for a small budget. However, be sure to check their clothing for imperfections; because they are used, they may have ripped seams, pulled threads, tears in the fabric, etc. Of course, this doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to buy from your favorite name brands; your wardrobe should be supplemented with higher-end clothes, but should skew more towards thrift finds.
3. Express yourself!
Here comes the most important step. Fashion is an art form, and art is a form of expression. It’s a way of shouting to the rooftops, “This is who I am, and I’m proud of it!” To find fashion inspiration, create a Pinterest board or watch lookbook videos on YouTube; you’ll know when you find a style you really love. It’s also important to remember that you don’t have to stick to just one aesthetic! Fashion is often most interesting when it’s a mashup of items one wouldn’t expect to see together.

Putting It Together
       You have your dream wardrobe; now it’s time to find out what clicks and get ready to rule the school!
1. Know your dress code.
Be sure to figure out what you can wear to school and what your teachers won’t tolerate. No one wants to get dress coded on their first day of school!
2. Figure out what goes together
Finding things that go together is often an instinct; be it color, style, cut, etc., you’ll know when it clicks. If your fashion instincts are still developing and you need a little help, you may need to think back to your elementary school lessons on color theory. Remember the neutral colors, the warm and cool colors, complementary and primary? All those lessons were preparing you to be the fashion icon you’re becoming!

            You’ve finally found it: the perfect outfit for the first day of school! Brush through your hair one more time, flash a smile in the mirror, and turn that school hallway into your runway! And remember, be humble; not everyone has such an amazing fashion mentor.

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