Collegiate Fashion Goes “Back to the Future”

by Rachel Yeomans | July 30th, 2009   

According to yesterday’s Business Wire, the collegiate “back to school” fashion is returning to the ‘80’s. With a little retail assistance, hopefully we won’t see our next working generation fully sequined with shoulder pads. In the article, Plato’s Closet director, Renae Blonigen, explains what trends she’s seeing in her Minneapolis store.

* All American Denim – Dressed up or down, denim always looks good. From skinny to straight and boyfriend to flare, denim remains top on the hot list.

* Heavy Metals – Bright colors are shoved aside in favor of black, metallics and grays this fall, all of which give outfits a rock-star feel. Black jeans will be en vogue and will look best when paired with a solid, shiny top.

* Fitted Finds – When it comes to the cut of your pants, skinny jeans and fitted styles complete the quintessential ’80s look. Skirts and dresses should be short but not too short, with the ideal length hitting at mid-thigh. This is good to keep in mind as most collegiate activity is sitting behind a desk.

* Short Jackets – This season the jacket trend is cropped. Tweeds give crop jackets texture without weighing them down. Leather jackets can give any outfit an ’80s feel.

* Classic Pieces – Layering is an important part of achieving the season’s look, so there are certainly staples that should always be on hand. Fitted tees, leggings and a long cardigan sweater are all fundamentals for the fall. Just make sure not to cross the line of Flashdance.

* DIY Accents – According to Blonigen, when it comes to accessories, young adults should not hesitate to be their own designers and get creative. A great accessory or two can change the entire look of an outfit–however, again, a word of caution, stay away from shoulder pads.

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