Back-to-school fashion trends include animal prints, nineties throwbacks

Fringe skirts and bows will be popular this fall

Back-to-school season means teens will be putting away their summer novels and bathing suits, instead picking up their history textbooks and varsity jackets. The good news about heading back to class, though? New clothes.

The National Retail Federation estimated American back-to-school spending to total $72.5 billion in 2013, including college students. More than half of all parents with kids in high school planned to spend money in clothing stores, according to the same study.

As summer winds down, 2014 fall fashion trends are already hitting stores. Fashion blog Fashionista.com described this fall’s style as “cozy and relaxed,” in a recent article. They predicted some of the most popular back-to-school styles will include fringe skirts, bows, diagonal prints and heavy use of the color orange.

One thing most students will need is a new backpack, thanks to heavy book loads. A Northeast Ohio University study recently found the average bookbag weighed about 14 pounds, or around 15 percent of a middle school student’s body weight.

Backpacks

 

Today’s selection of backpacks is as diverse as the students themselves. Pictured above are options fitting three unique styles, including pricier designer brands or classics like JanSport. Pictured (from left): Mighty Happy Meal Backpack by Nasty Gal, Ronald Backpack by Dropdead, Bad Kids Backpack by Nasty Gal, Marc Backpack by Marc Jacobs, Big Student by JanSport and Striped Canvas Backpack by Forever 21.

Graphic prints

 

Wild print designs have been popular for several years and fashion publications like Teen Vogue predict they aren’t going away. Students heading back to class this fall can find not-so-subtle prints to fit their personality with a quick Internet search.

Pictured above (from left): Vintage Floral Crepe Bomber Jacket by Asos, Sad Heart Knitted Jersey by The Orphans Arms and Rose Print Blouse by Forever 21.

Jewelry

 

Jewelry trends change every year and according to Vogue, some popular accessories for fall 2014 include single earrings, creole hoops and hand bracelets. Two other upcoming trends are pictured above (from left): Crystal flower necklaces and fringe bracelets.

Shoes

 

The squeaking of new shoes against linoleum floors is a staple of back-to-school season and for 2014, flat shoes are in for both high school and college students. As with printed jackets, the number of designs available online are virtually endless. Pictured above (clockwise from top left): Proudly Posh Flat by Mod Cloth, French Bulldog Loafer by Boutique 9 and Tiger Head Running Shoe by Kenzo.

Sunglasses

 

Even though summer is coming to an end, a nice pair of shades can still accent any new school outfit, especially for college students. The options pictured above each range from $50 to $121, including the Sunpockets (left) which can fold up to fit in your purse during class. Pictured above (clockwise from left): Tobago Tortoise by Sunpocket, Halfmoon Magic by Le Specs, Lulu by Komono.

'90s throwbacks

 

Nineties fashion may not be completely in style again -- thankfully scrunchies and baggy overalls haven’t made a comeback yet -- but some elements of the decade’s trends will be popular again this fall. Turtlenecks and plaid are being seen on store shelves again and fashion experts predict they will both be staples of back-to-school fashion this year.

Pictured above (from left): Long Sleeve Turtleneck by American Apparel, Striped Crop Sweater with Turtleneck by AsosPlaid Peter Pan Collar Dress by Forever 21 and Sleeveless Plaid Collared Popover by Forever 21.

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