Lake Norman Magazine

Back to school in style

BELTED STYLE: Alice + Olivia Dress, $189; Molly Beads Geode Necklace, $69; Elise Gray Leather Belt, $69.
BELTED STYLE: Alice + Olivia Dress, $189; Molly Beads Geode Necklace, $69; Elise Gray Leather Belt, $69.

In the Carolinas, putting together a back-to-school wardrobe is a true balancing act. On one hand, you’re looking at all the new fall fashion and wanting desperately to wear layers, sweaters and boots. But in reality, it’s often quite hot when students head back to the classroom.

The solution? Considerate buying and plenty of styling. As you head out to put together another year’s worth of academic fashion, keep these few tips in mind:

Fabric: If you’re looking to make your wardrobe more seasonally flexible, stay away from fabric extremes such as linen (summer) and corduroy (winter). Denim is all-season, as are chinos and blends. Sleeves: Consider fit and sleeve length (or the absence of sleeves) and how that could work when the temps eventually dip. A little black dress is fabulously versatile. In the summer, it’s on-trend with bright jewelry and a fun bag; in the winter, it takes on a totally different look paired with a blouse and covered legs. Layering: A bright colored T-shirt looks great by its self with a pair of shorts. As the weather turns, it would look equally as good layered under a dress, or with a button down with a pair of khakis or jeans.

BELTED STYLE: There’s no need to go leather head-to-toe to be on-trend this season. A smart leather belt is infinitely flexible, and will define a waist, wether worn over a dress, or over cardigan (once the weather cools). Alice + Olivia dress, $189; Avalilly’s, 21341 Catawba Ave., Cornelius; 704-987-0037, avalillys.comMolly Beads geode necklace, $69; Avalilly’s, 21341 Catawba Ave., Cornelius; 704-987-0037, avalillys.comElise gray leather belt, $69; Monkee’s of Lake Norman, 624 Jetton St. Davidson 704-896-7779, monkeesoflakenorman.com–––BOLD COLOR: Prints continue to be important, from bright tribal to more subtly-hued southwestern. This dress with it’s bold prints, could work into the winter, paired with tights and layered over a tissue-weight T-shirt. BCBG Ania dress, $148; Monkee’s of Lake Norman, 624 Jetton St. Davidson 704-896-7779, monkeesoflakenorman.comMonkey tassel necklace, $99; Avalilly’s, 21341 Catawba Ave., Cornelius; 704-987-0037, avalillys.com–––LAYERS OF COLOR, TEXTURE: Add texture and buildable warmth by layering a fun lightweight tunic-style sweater over a colorful shift dress and wideleg denim for a sophisticated boho look.Genetic Denim Burke wide leg jeans, $220; Lavendar Boutique, 279 Williamson Road, Mooresville; 704-663-2880, lavendarboutique.comTrina Turk shift dress, $139; Avalilly’s, 21341 Catawba Ave., Cornelius; 704-987-0037, avalillys.comKerisma sweater, $89; Monkee’s of Lake Norman, 624 Jetton St. Davidson 704-896-7779, monkeesoflakenorman.comFranco Sarto wedges, $50; Brand Name Consignment, 21304 Catawba Ave., Cornelius; 704-896-0181–––LACE IT UP: The sweet lace of summer takes a turn for fall and gets edgy. BCBG shorts, $178; Monkee’s of Lake Norman, 624 Jetton St. Davidson 704-896-7779, monkeesoflakenorman.comBCBG sweater, $158; Monkee’s of Lake Norman, 624 Jetton St. Davidson 704-896-7779, monkeesoflakenorman.com–––COLOR ME: A bright pallette is perfectly on trend for the new school year, and very versatile.Tulle skirt, $49; Monkee’s of Lake Norman, 624 Jetton St. Davidson 704-896-7779, monkeesoflakenorman.comJWLA Feather Scoop Tee, $89; Avalilly’s, 21341 Catawba Ave., Cornelius; 704-987-0037, avalillys.comMolly Beads necklace, $69; Avalilly’s, 21341 Catawba Ave., Cornelius; 704-987-0037, avalillys.com–––MIX AND MATCH: Carefully considering each piece in your wardrobe makes for near-infinite styling options. The jeans and dress can be work independently of each other and the faux-snake skin Revas are timeless neutrals with a bit of sass.Joe Jeans Jackie capris, $163; Lavendar Boutique, 279 Williamson Road, Mooresville; 704-663-2880, lavendarboutique.comSaint Grace dress, $88; Lavendar Boutique, 279 Williamson Road, Mooresville; 704-663-2880, lavendarboutique.comElizabeth Gillett infinity scarf, $39; Avalilly’s, 21341 Catawba Ave., Cornelius; 704-987-0037, avalillys.comTory Burch Lotus Reva flats, $235; Monkee’s of Lake Norman, 624 Jetton St. Davidson 704-896-7779, monkeesoflakenorman.com–––CAMO CHIC: Mixing prints is a fun way to change up the status quo. Consider camouflage a neutral and go from there. Wrangler camouflage shorts, $16.99; Target.comChaps T-shirt, $25; Belk.com Izod shirt, $60; Belk.com Sperry shoes, $95; Belk.com –––LAYERED INSPIRATION: Capturing two of the season’s trends — retro 1980s and bright colors — can be done with the layered flick of a collar. Columbia chinos, $40; Belk.com Chaps collared shirts, $38 each; Belk.com Sperry shoes, $95; Belk.com –––Polka Dot Kate Spade bag, $99; Brand Name Consignment, 21304 Catawba Ave., Cornelius; 704-896-0181 –––Pink Kate Spade tote, $99; Brand Name Consignment, 21304 Catawba Ave., Cornelius; 704-896-0181

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