The miniskirt is back, this time with ruffles.
Pleated, plaid, striped and floral, the '70s classic has been reinvented, and it's the leading must-have item for the back-to-school wardrobe. This fall, these skirts, along with the poncho (also a reincarnated '70s fashion), are the leading essentials to pick up during this annual shopping frenzy.
According to the National Retail Federation, families with children in elementary through high schools will spend $14.8 billion on back-to-school items this year. On average, consumers will spend $219.46 on clothing and $89.72 on shoes.
Styles that have been outdated for decades are making a comeback. "The key trend is that basically they're taking all these trends from the past and re-creating them for today's kids," said Orlando Veras, spokesman for Macy's department store. "But it's a modern version of it."
Surprisingly, teen and adult fashions vary only slightly, said Gloria Baume, fashion market director at Teen Vogue. Teenagers tend to put together their outfits in more unconventional ways than adults. "The girl will just have fun with it," Baume said. Teenagers will dress a nice tweed jacket down with corduroys, a popular item this fall, and pearls for an eclectic look, she said.
Pleated skirts are matched with flip-flops or sneakers. "So you're not making them sexy in any way," Baume said. Although the pleated skirts are short, longer pencil skirts are back in as well, and in general, baring too much skin is no longer fashionable.
"It's kind of a season of modesty in general," Baume said. Ponchos, shrunken blazers and jeans cover up the body. Even jeans, a staple in the industry, are leaving their low-rise hip-hugging days behind for more conservative, high-waist jeans.
"In fashion, in general, it's always a pendulum," Baume said, explaining that fashion trends sway from one extreme to the other.
Fashion trends for teen boys are less fickle. "Boys are more concerned with being comfortable than being fashionable," said Veras, who has been at Macy's for four years. He noted that items such as hooded sweatshirts and button-down shirts are "evergreens," or items that never go out of fashion.
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