Style Spy: Back to School
It’s time to update your wardrobe for fall.
It’s always hard to say goodbye to summer, but who doesn’t love an excuse to buy new clothes? Whether you’re heading to the classroom or boardroom, you’ll find the latest fall styles at Christina’s Unique Accessories & More in Wilmington.
FESTIVAL CHIC: “The ’70s is going to be really big for fall. The whole festival look with flower crowns and blousy tops is in,” says Christina’s marketing director Giuliana Porro.
The autumnal Coachella look can be achieved with a Lucky Brand blousy peasant top ($60) or a flowy Miss Me blue and lace tank ($39-$55). Since the tops are billowy, make sure to balance the look with a tighter silhouette on the bottom. A great option is a pair of Hue denim leggings ($40) and some ankle booties.
“Our Hue denim leggings fit like a second skin. It’s the best of both worlds: the comfort of a legging with the look of denim,” Porro says.
These tops can easily be layered for a more professional look. Throw a cardigan on top and a belt, and take this casual look to the office in a snap.
FRINGE IS IN: When you see celebrity style-setters like Kate Hudson and Vanessa Hudgens wearing fringe, you know that you’ve got a burgeoning trend on your hands. Ease into fringe with a Deux Lux hobo bag ($90), the perfect complement to a boho ensemble.
VERSATILE PIECES: You’ll never get bored with your jewelry again, thanks to Ginger Snaps and Lizzy James. Each piece of jewelry can be worn multiple ways. Refresh your Ginger Snaps necklace with interchangeable snaps (necklace $31.95, snaps $5.99 each). And transform your Lizzy James necklace/bracelet from hip bracelet to necklace in a flash ($45-$69).
ACCESSORIES FOR A CAUSE: Porro and Christina’s owner, Christina Ballas, are both fans of accessories that give back. These adornments benefit causes close to their (and others’) hearts and pair perfectly with fall’s throw-back look.
GIVING KEYS: The vintage, repurposed keys (with inspirational messages) are made by a company that employs those transitioning out of homelessness. Giving Keys have been spotted on celebrities like Taylor Swift, Ryan Gosling, Selena Gomez and Zac Efron. $35-$50.
SIMBI CLAY BRACELETS: A portion of the jewelry’s sales goes to Aqua Haiti, an organization that provides water filtration systems throughout the country. The bead bracelets, made from Haitian clay, feature positive words, such as peace, hope and love, on charms. $28.
AID THROUGH TRADE ROLL-ON BRACELETS: Women artisans in Nepal make the bracelets, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Nepal earthquake victims. ($12 each, three for $30).
Christina’s Unique Accessories & More, 4001 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-7202, www.christinaballas.com.
Nothing transforms a basic outfit (or plain white T-shirt) like one of today’s popular statement necklaces.
Stick with the fringe trend and throw a super affordable fringe necklace ($6) from Charlotte Russe into your back-to-school shopping cart.
At this price, we have a feeling you’re going to want to buy more than one. Available at Charlotte Russe, Dover Mall, www.charlotterusse.com.