You'll need something more than cargos and Tshirts for back to school (although those are twolegit trends this season).
Here are some of my fave looks for teens:
Must-Have: The satin (or satin-trimmed, for the more low key girls) cargo is a perfect mix of tough and sweet. Glamorous yet caz, these cargos look terribly cool paired with a basic beater and sandals in August, and when the weather turns cold can be switched it up with a thin, fitted sweater and pumps.
- Utility-style skirt. In addition to cargo pockets, look for eyelet-adorned belted styles or cool buckle details. These skirts are perfect balanced with a flirty top and heels, but look just as chic with a tank and flips.
- Army-inspired jacket. Whether you go for an elegant satin bomber or a sharp cargo blazer, both add tons of style to basic jeans and a tee. And avoid a utilitarian overload by steering clear of cargo pants.
Must-have: A little fitted blazer is required this fall. Best in tweed or corduroy, these jackets work with everything. Keep in mind that this boyish style is best worn with a feminine touch, be it a chiffon camisole or a flirty little skirt.
- Wideleg trousers. Masculine menswear-inspired pants -- pinstriped, heavy wool, even denim -- are a must! Round-toe heels are ideal with these pants, and a feminine top completes the look.
- White oxford. If you don't already have one, get one. And even if you do, buy another. This trusty little button-down is definitely the most versatile item you could own. Under a sweater. Over a tank. Alone and cuffed. Need I go on?
Must-Have: There's no way around it: the mini is necessary. It's young, fun, and surprisingly very wearable. In addition to the obvious option -- a classic denim mini -- pleated numbers are fabulous, as are short circle skirts. With both, keep the top simple and sleek.
- Pencil. This prim and femme skirt may seem buttoned-up and professional (and that's why it's so important to pair it with something fresh). Keep your eyes open for a denim pencil: can you get any more fabulous?
- A-line. This skirt is the most universally flattering style, granted the A-line is slight. Ideal for wearing with fitted sweaters and tees, they can be dressed up or down. A small kitten heel is just right for this knee-length skirt. Steer clear of flats!
Must-Have: The old classic is handy, but this year an updated jean jacket is required. Go biker-chic with a banded collar, sophisticated with a blazer, or schoolgirl-style with a pea coat. Another cool look: jean-style corduroy jackets.
- Skinny jeans. Fitted, flattering, and very fresh. The new slim style of jeans is a great addition to your wardrobe of flares, bootcuts, and widelegs. Be wary of a tapered leg: way too '80s!
- New washes. Obvious whiskers and over-the-top bleaching? Old news! This year denim is going old school. Natural washes -- along with classic light and dark -- are what it's all about. But if classic is not your thing, consider a edgy black rinse.