Fall trends for back to school - fashion advice
It's that time of year again. Summer is fading fast, and most American kids are back in school. And with the coming of a new school year come the fall trends in fashion. How can your little diva look cool at school? By wearing the hottest new back-to-school fashions, of course! Below is some fashion advice for dressing your princess in fall trends she'll love. With these great fall trends, she'll be more than ready to go back to school!

Fashion tips - color

This year, it's all about color - wild, neon colors, including bright purples, lime greens, hot pinks, and shocking blue. Have fun mixing and matching these colors with black for a fun, free-spirited look. Black and white, in mini-stripes, checks, and plaids are also "way cool"!

The fall trends often mix bright colors with neutral or muted earth tones. You'll see lots of buffalo checks and plaids that mix bright or neon colors with brown, khaki, and black.

Fall fashion advice - shorts

I don't know about where you live, but here it's still warm when school starts. In fact, it's warm enough through September and into October for girls to wear shorts. Fall trends for shorts include solids, prints, and patterns. Perhaps the most popular fall fashion for shorts is the madras plaid.

Pair these with tees or tanks - especially those sporting beadwork, stones, and studs.

Fahion advice - leggings

Leggings are still in! Solid colors, stripes, patterns, and wild, zany leggings look great worn under a tunic or skirt. Tuck them in a low boot, or wear them with sneakers or low-healed pumps. Tights are still hot fashion items, too. Closed-toe tights and ankle tights will be worn just like the leggings as part of fall fashion. And don't forget the socks! Crazy socks are the order of the day. Choose bold stripes, bright colors, and wild patterns.

Fall trends - skirts and skorts

Popular skirt styles range from fitted to pleated to full and ruffly. Simple black tailored skirts will be worn with all kinds of tops this fall. One of the most popular skirt fashion will be the layered-ruffle skirt. These have three to four layers of loose rufles, from top to bottom.

Fashion tips - tunics

These longer tops come in a wide range of colors and patterns. Most are very "girlie," with cap sleeves, ruffles, ribbons, and bows. Others are more tailored, but they're still a big part of fall fashion.

You're in the army now!

One of the newest fall trends is the military look. You'll see this in pants, capris, and jackets. Olive drab slacks and cargo pants, aviator and bomber jackets, and tailored cropped jackets with a military cut will be hot!

Fashion advice on patterns

Plaids are hot this year: plaid skirts, plaid blouses, plaid tunics. Big checks are in, too. Think black checks with bold-colored checks in lime green, bright purple, neon blue, and hot pink. You'll even see checks on shoes, especially on the high-top sneakers and ballet flats.

Fashion tips - high-topped sneakers

Just like the old Converse sneaks from the sixties! Popular solids include black, hot pink, and lime green. Wild, funky patterns are in, too. The shiny patten-looking high tops are fashionable now, also. Take out the laces and replace them with satin ribbon.

More fashion tips for sneakers

Laceless sneakers: These are ultra comfy and look great with jeans and skirts. Cool sneakers with laces are another fall fashion that will be hot. These fall trends include the low-cut sneaks like Converse. They'll be worn with jeans, shorts, and skirts.

Fashion advice - Boots

Just-above-the-ankle boots are on the shelves now, in a wide range of colors, including bright neons. Wear them over tights or leggings, or with jeans. Slouch boots in suede and leather will also be a hot commodity. And rain boots - don't overlook these adorable additions! Check out the links below!

Fall fashion -Skinny jeans

They're back! These skinny jeans are everywhere, especially in blue and black denim. Wear them under your short boots or with ballet flats for a sizzling look. For a fun look, wear the skinnies with a pair of low-top sneaks.

Fall trends - Shrugs and scarves

Wear a simple black shrug over a long tunic. A great look is a white or black-and-white tunic with a black shrug.

Brightly colored scarves will be worn with almost everything this fall. Even short-sleeve blouses will often don a scarf. Most of the scarves will be tied low and allowed to fall midway on the chest.

Fashion tips - Shoes

Flat is where it's at! Ballet shoes, Flat-heeled pumps, mary janes, slippers, and athletic shoes will be covering the cool feet this year. Ballet shoes will be seen in solid colors, patterns, and animal prints.

Fall fashion - Hoodies and jackets

Yep, they're still in, especially ones with stripes or zany patterns. Girls' hoodies are looking more feminine this year, however. Many will be in velvet, with rhinestones and other girly embellishments.

Guess what else is back? Bomber jackets! They've emerged from their long hibernation and will be a sizzling fall fashion this year. Fashion-savvy girls will be wearing cropped bomber jackets and longer bomber jackets with jeans, khakis, and more. To see bomber jackets for kids, check out the links below!

Fashion advice for tees

Choose tees with humorous sayings, logos, graphics, or rock bands. Tees in wild colors are cool, too. T-shirts are super comfortable and easy to care for, and they're generally inexpensive. Some are embellished with rhinestones, appliques, or silver studs.

Fall trends - Ties

They're not just for guys anymore. Bowties, regular neck ties, and jeweled ties are all the rage. They can be used to dress an outfit up or down and can add some pizzaz to practically any ensemble. You'll see lots of fall fashion accompanied by a tie.

Fashion advice on Layering

Once again, layering will be part of the fall trends. Layer tees under plaid shirts, sweaters, or hoodies. not only is this a good look for girls, it's also very practical. Fall weather is unpredictable. Mornings can be chilly, but by afternoon the weather might be warm. Your little diva can "unlayer" as the day gets hotter. Plus, she'll be wearing a great fall fashion!

Vintage fashion

Retro and vintage fashion is more popular than ever! Just about anything retro is way cool: faded embellished jeans, peace signs, leather fringed vests, love beads, hats, and rock tees. You'll see lots of fall trends displaying peace signs and "Love" in psychadelic colors.

Another vintage fashion that has made its way back is tie dye. You'll find lots of tie-dyed tees on the racks. Buy a couple, or make your own! You'll be in real fall fashion mode.

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Now...go shopping! And have lots of fun!


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Thanks...

I just wanted to post my gratitude for the many well wishes and thanks I've received for the book. 

It was a "labor of love", first from the standpoint of one who loves this vibrant and lively medium, and loves teaching others a few of the things I've learned about how to paint the landscape, but mostly out of love for Christ, who gave me a modicum of talent and provided me with the opportunities to explore and enjoy using pastels. It was His example that showed me so clearly that I wasn't to hold out, hold back or expect to gain income from the book, but that in giving it away I would gain more than I could ever expect otherwise. The truth of that is difficult to prove, but it's real nonetheless. Your thanks are truly appreciated.

Although due to family needs I have few chances to spend time in my pastel studio, I continue to teach classes once a week with a devoted group of students, and I pursue painting in gouache on my little dining room table. My mind roves over the landscape and technical areas I haven't yet explored in this book, and as a result I have several additional chapters brewing. I sincerely hope to write them and post them here as an appendix, of sorts.

If you have a question or idea you would like answered, or would like to propose an additional area of study in the landscape as its painted in pastels, I welcome your thoughts. Please understand that for the present I'm not in the process of writing, but as I teach and post on Today's Art Class blog, much of what I hope to write is beginning to coalesce.

And in the nearer future, I hope to begin offering online workshops in the landscape in pastel. Look for that to come to fruition in 2011 sometime. I'll post opportunities here as they arise, but if it's something you're interested in doing and you have a particular subject you'd like to explore (i.e. sunsets, reflections, snow, night, etc.) send an email to me at d.d.secor(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll add you to my mailing list.

If this is your first visit here, please page through the Table of Contents Links in the sidebar. If you're new to pastels, you might want to start at the beginning and explore the possibilities in order. Perhaps you're struggling with a particular subject and stumbled upon the information using an Internet search. Either way, I hope what you find here is of help and interest to you.  

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See below for details of the theatrical release of Robinson in Ruins, Patrick Keiller’s much anticipated follow-up to London and Robinson in Space.

BFI Southbank – NFT1 - 17.20 – 20 November 2010 – film & panel discussion

Patrick Keiller’s film Robinson in Ruins, released on 19 November, is one of several outcomes of a three-year, AHRC-funded research collaboration between Keiller, Doreen Massey, Patrick Wright and Matthew Flintham.

Following a screening of the film, the co-researchers will present their project as a political intervention. Through its study of a landscape, the project challenges commonly-held assumptions about the current economic and ecological crises: about market forces, commodification, and the terms of belonging in an age supposedly characterised by mobility and displacement.

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