This week, TeenNick Top 10 and Macy's bring you the ultimate fusion of music and fashion. As a part of the TeenNick Top 10 Back To School special, we caught up with Teen Vogue's Senior Fashion Market Editor and resident trend-setter, Mary Kate Steinmiller, who teamed up with Macy's to bring us ten fabulous back to school trends! Check out all of the looks here!
TREND #1: GIRLS -- NEON
Neon is great for adding a pop of bright color to your outfit, but you mentioned that it's also a good idea to offset the brightness with more muted pieces. How do you know you've found the right balance?
Pick one statement neon piece, whether it be a top, jacket, jeans or an accessory and keep it at that. Neon works best in small doses and balanced with neutrals.
TREND #2: GUYS -- CAMOUFLAGE
For a look that is supposed to blend in, camouflage is great for making a statement. What are some accessories that complement this bold pattern?
Take the colors of classic camo and carry them out into your accessories. A solid army green baseball hat and tan colored worker boots make it cool.
TREND #3: GIRLS & GUYS -- PATTERNED TOPS
We see a lot of guys wearing patterned t-shirts, hoodies, and sneakers. What tips would give a girl who wants to rock the trend?
"Borrowed from the boys" is one of the greatest fashion "tricks." The key is picking your masculine item and keeping the rest of your look feminine. Colored sneakers look great with a floppy mini skirt and classic tee; a printed hoodie or tee looks cool with a colored skinny jean.
TREND #4: GIRLS -- MOTORCYCLE JACKET
A motorcycle jacket is a staple for any biker-chic look. How would you pair a leather jacket during the early fall months when temperatures are still high?
A moto jacket is seasonless. I wear mine over a summer sundress when nights get cool, or I layer a faux fur vest under it in the cooler months. It's versatile, think of it as a layering piece, not just a jacket. I also love the look of a hoodie under a biker jacket.
TREND #5: GUYS -- DENIM/CHAMBRAY
Chambray has been everywhere recently. What are your thoughts on wearing chambray with jeans?
Denim on denim looks laid back cool when done right. Just remember not to match your denims perfectly. There should be a little hint of shade difference if you are wearing denim on the top and bottom, and if not the denim should be patchwork or embellished so you are not head to toe flat denim. I love a chambray shirt with white jeans.
TREND #6: GIRLS -- GRUNGE
Grunge is a trend that comes straight from the 90s. Sartorially, do you think the 90s are here to stay?
The exact grunge of the 90s stayed in the 90s, but the best elements of it may be here to stay. A worn-in plaid flannel, classic black combat boots and ripped up denim often return on the trend radar, especially this fall.
TREND #7: GUYS & GIRLS -- PLAID FLANNELS
Plaid flannel shirts are a must-have for guys, but how else can guys (or girls) work plaid into their overall look?
For girls I love a plaid flannel shirt over a floral baby doll dress and boys look cool in ripped worn in jeans and a classic white undershirt tee.
TREND #8: GIRLS -- GREAT ROMANCE
Great Romance is such a whimsical, delicate look. Could this trend be inspired by any historical eras or specific places around the world?
Great romance has a bit of a fashion fairy tale but nothing too perfect or pristine. More like a princess who has run away. A beautiful dress, but worn with a dreamy oversize knit sweater and a beanie hat to make it look a bit tattered.
TREND #9: GUYS -- AMERICAN FLAG
Contrary to popular belief, stars and striped aren't just for the 4th of July! What would you say to someone who's never rocked the patriotic look as a fall trend before?
Take it in small doses, showing your patriotism can mean star print denim or just a red and white stripe tee. As long as you are not head to toe Americana, a piece of patriotism works in any outfit.
TREND #10: GIRLS -- SKIRTS
Skirts come in all different lengths, shapes, and silhouettes. What is the go-to skirt style this fall?
The two must haves for fall hit both sides of the spectrum. For the girl embracing her inner grunge, it's a long and languid maxi skirt, preferably in a floral. For the girl who wants to show some leg, it's a short and sporty floppy mini skirt. Both can be worn with another must-have for the season, a crew neck sweatshirt. With the long gypsy skirt it's best to keep it oversize, and for the mini, wear it with a cool color-block crew neck that has a tinier fit.
There you have it! A jump-start on the best fall trends for Back To School! Don't forget to visit your local Macy's on Saturday, Aug. 10th for Teen Vogue Back-to-School Saturday, a one-day shopping extravaganza for the best deals on all these trends and everything you need for back to school! Plus, check out all the looks now at the Macy's Style Lab!
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