Back to School: Studying In Style

By: Jae Angelo

Back to school, the time when every student expects to make a change in

their life throughout each grade level, fashion-wise as well as social-wise. When it

comes to the fashion and social worlds, you can say that they are intertwined with

one another. School fashion is all about trending yourself with how you want to be

perceived: a geeky-chic nerd, an athlete, a free-spirit, or even someone that is

conscious towards the environment. From middle school, all the way to college,

you change your style based on the cliques you join, and the career you plan on

having. So, for some of you that are nervous about what to wear for your first day

back to school, I believe I can help.

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Middle School:

Now, middle school is known to be the first step to recognizing your own

style before high school, so it’s normal for you to be experimenting with fashion

trends during this time. In middle school, fashion trends are based on your

character and how you want to be perceived. For example, if you’re the type to be

hardcore and edgy, then my tip for you is to dress in streetwear. Streetwear

Fashion is known to show the characteristics of intensity, punk, rebel, fearless, etc.,

and the clothes that cohere with it would be camouflage jeans, hoodies, t-shirts,

and even bolero jackets. For the student that likes to “upgrade” and sync with their

modern tech, try a trend that involves light, neon colors, rad designs, and even,

tech accessories.

Basically, middle school, fashion-wise, is all about finding your true self, as

well as your own style. It’s the beginning of many trendsetters, designers, and

fashion forecasters.

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High School:

Now that you made it to high school, you’ve somewhat grasped a concept of

your own style. Some high school students like to go all out, but at the same time,

they like to have subtle style. These styles reflect their personality, along with their

trend/clique. Like for the athletes that love to shop at Macy’s, JCPenney’s, or even

Kohls for activewear, the best brands would be PUMA, Nike, Under Armour,

Jordan and Adidas for the best gear and sports clothing. The best stores to go to get

the best dresses and other styles & assorted attire would be K&G Men’s Store,

Papaya, H&M, Rue21 etc., Old Navy, etc. It’s best to mix and match the store’s

styles so that you can always look trendy on-the-go, as well as keeping up-to-date

on the latest fashions. The main thing for high school students concerning fashion

is that you have to keep up with what’s new, or at least make something that could

Now, college, one of the final steps in knowing your true style, is the time of

when you brush up on the latest trends that inspire you to be yourself. At this time,

a lot would wear something that’s comfortable, and also….. something mature.

Like in my Polyvore post “Back2School (Male Leaders), I placed in some looks

that gives the modern man some sophistication, along with a touch of modern

edge. Most college boys like to represent their college by wearing their school

colors, or by wearing their “trophies” (i.e. letterman jackets, club-sponsored attire,

etc.). College girls like to wear outfits that cause heads to turn their way, as well as

trends that bring about flair and modern chic.

Based on my findings about every trend and/or fashion statements found in

middle/high school, and college, it’s very clear that various generations are

inspired to express not only their true selves, but also trying to reflect their selves

upon those around them. Fashion is a great way for people to know truly who they

are, and how their true selves are reflected in their fashion trends. I, along with my

friends, classmates, acquaintances, etc., show off our true selves by wearing what

feels like us! I’m glad that, as an aspiring fashion designer, I get to set off trends

that will help everyone be comfortable and unique!

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