Teens take their cues from menswear but rework it in younger, wilder ways.
Boy meets girl for back-to-school fashion. Both are borrowing from classic menswear, reworking it in younger ways. Wall Street plaids and herringbones migrate to skinny pants and miniskirts. Brogues and boots abound, sporting unusual soles or metal details. Adding a “Wild One” edge, motorcycle jackets top preppy looks for boys. Denim and military-inspired shirts are staples for both, but with twists — a contrast collar for him or jeweled embellishment for her.
One gender-neutral trend continues to build momentum: “Denim isn’t just about the blue jean — it’s all about bold patterns and colors for back to school,” said Karen Tweedie, a senior vice president at Kohl’s.
Teens are taking cues from street-style blogs, peers and their own mirror.
“Girls are photographing themselves daily and cataloging their outfits on their own blogs and Web sites,” said Mary Kate Steinmiller, senior fashion market editor for Teen Vogue. “People love to peruse these sites to see how the average girl or guy is dressing.”
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