Above the grade style for back-to-school

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Rosalyn Solomon, QMI Agency

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Share fashion sense with your son or daughter? Ensure your style is top of the class with school just around the corner.

Trends transcend age and sometimes what we see in the grown up section can be repurposed for mini-mes, or the other way around. While some looks are obviously clear on age boundaries (crop tops, anyone?), others are more flexible if you wear them right, says stylist Nadia Albano.


Back-to-school style for the family.
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“Always dress for your body type and make it age-appropriate. For example, if your teen is wearing plaid leggings, that doesn’t mean mom should,” Albano says.

“Instead, opt for a plaid shirt or blazer to stay on trend.”

Back-to-school is an expensive time for parents and students alike, so to save on coin and time, bundle the shopping to retailers who carry lines for all ages, Albano recommends, and don’t be afraid to splurge on key items.

“Some items are worth the investment, such as good quality denim, comfortable shoes, handbags and outerwear, says Albano. “Look for items that are versatile, easy to wash and that can be styled in at least three ways.”

Effortless transition

Iva Grbesic, style council member for Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto is a mom of four and knows a thing or two about transitioning style from summer to fall. Here are some of her tips:

Time for layers

Add leggings, high socks or tights under a dress or pair a blazer with shorts. A scarf is also a great way to make any summer outfit blend into fall.

Incorporate darker tones

Start adding this year’s fall colours, like royal blue, hunter green or deep purple to your summer neutrals in the form of accessories like a scarf, or camis under a blazer.

Mix up textures

Don’t be afraid to mix textures and patterns this season, because opposites do attract. Combine leather with lace, silk with tweed or floral with knit.


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