Most people see this week as the end of summer, but for many female students, it's the start of fall trends.
For those not bound by school uniforms, it's a fun time, as evidenced by Teddy ( Bridgit Mendler) of Good Luck Charlie, airing Sundays on Disney Channel. In the show, siblings help their parents take care of baby Charlie; one of them is brainy Teddy, whose fashions are within reach of most teens.
"Teddy likes to use a lot of bright colors and patterns and to wear furry vests and old silk tops with patterns, and she wears boots a lot," Mendler says. "She's a little bit boho, not too boho. There's still a lot of stuff that's classically teen."
Costume designer Nicole Gorsuch tries to find clothes most teens could afford. For the new school year, Gorsuch sees the main trends as skinny cargo pants and military jackets, mixing it up with personalized T-shirts and boots. She recommends teens scour thrift stores for accessories.
"They're really great for jewelry, bags, belts and accessories," Gorsuch says. "Maybe the clothes aren't always that great, but (for) all the other stuff."
"Teenagers need to use their money wisely to update their wardrobe," Gorsuch says. "An important piece is a skinny cargo pant."
She likes cargo pants and jeans from American Eagle .
This season, says Gorsuch, "jackets are more cropped, shorter. And all of the military look is really, really hot right now." She shops at Lucky Brand and Target.
Gorsuch has a creative and inexpensive way to individualize clothes: She buys gold glitter paint at Michaels and splatters it on military jackets and last year's boots.
"It's important for kids to make their look different," she says. "It gives them something nobody else has, and it's creative."
Gorsuch shops at Forever 21, which has, she says, "the cutest little jackets. I have seen several Chanel-looking jackets, which are a great juxtaposition between a military pant or boot."
To make less expensive T-shirts look as if they came from boutiques, Gorsuch gets crafty by hot-gluing crystals onto tops.
"I love to take an outfit that could otherwise look conservative and making it funky by pairing a boot with it," she says.
Gorsuch advises: "It's not ladylike to wear a tall, platformy shoe with an ultrashort skirt. The platform looks great with a cargo pant. You don't have to show off everything at once. It's not chic, not ladylike; it's just tacky."
Gorsuch also shops at Free People and Anthropologie, which are pricier, she says, but good places to glean ideas.
"Girls can copy the clothes that are out there, see how you put it together," she says.
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