It all depends on the person according to high school age students gearing up for a return to school.
While fashions are constantly changing, many of the same tenets of what were popular last year or last decade remain constant today – jeans, button-down shirts, hoodies.
And it’s those comfortable stables that grace many of the closets of most high school students today who chuck the high-class runway look for something a little bit more dressed down.
“It really depends on where you’re going and what you’re doing,” said Nicholas Bitka. “It’s a little bit too hot right now for a hoodie, but when it gets cold that’s all you’ll find me in.
“It’s comfortable and it’s warm and it gets the job done. Same with just a t-shirt and jeans – it’s hard not to go with what works.”
Morgan Tinderman said that you don’t really have to break the budget for a few things to carry you through the majority of the school year. Jeans are always stylish, she said, and a few pairs of Vans and some “cute tops” are just as good during the Indian Summer as they are during the winter – just add a jacket.
“Things like prints tend to come back into style and go out – houndstooth and things like that – but if you stay with something solid then you don’t really ever have to worry about it,” she said. “I have friends that are really into prints and accessories and things like that but it’s not really my thing. I’m more of a flannel shirt kind of girl.”
Brandi Knudsen, who said that she appreciates shopping as much as any other girl, noted that students tend to appreciate the style that individuals show rather than something that’s trendy.
There are still the outliers, but most guys, she said, can’t go wrong with a funny or retro t-shirt to complement something like cargo shorts, and girls have the option of layering just about anything over a pair of jeans for a look that’s sure to impress.
Even those that get a little bit funky with their presentation as a way of expression can find social acceptance because it’s something that works for them.
“In middle school there was a lot of pressure put onto what you’re wearing, but that kind of wears off a little bit,” she said. “If you’re comfortable and you like what you’re wearing, then wear it. Your clothes should be an expression of you.”