Teen back to school fashion

Are the halls of your teen’s school appearing more runway-like these days? Does it seem as though some girls have unlimited bank accounts, sporting new, trendy styles everyday?

Whether it’s wedges, tribal bandage skirts or tangerine skinnies, you may think you missed the memo on ways to afford all these fads.

Though Victoria Justice and Selena Gomez have a bigger budget and professional wardrobe stylists, you can still emulate your style gurus and have money leftover for lunch. Check out the following tips to turn heads in the hallway without breaking the bank.

1. Organize a Clothes Swap
Before you hit the retail scene, organize a clothing swap with your friends. In addition to getting rid of items you no longer wear, you can score great style from your fashionable friends for free. Plus, you can help your friends design outfits with their new items and get advice on how to style your new wares. Have a few extra belts and necklaces on hand for people to borrow for a few minutes to create a new outfit on the spot!

2. Attend “Back-to-School Saturday”
Teen VOGUE is hosting their first ever Back-to-School Saturday on August 11th. In addition to events ranging from fashion shows to mini makeovers in select cities, you can expect exclusive promotional offers from Guess, Express, American Eagle, White House / Black Market, JCPenney and many other popular retailers. Aéropostale is offering 30% off and a free pair of sunglasses with purchase! I also shopped for school supplies at Staples recently and received an Aéropostale discount on my receipt.

3. Purchase Wisely
Starting a new school year is always exciting, but don’t let your enthusiasm overwhelm the household budget. By taking time to look through closets and drawers, you can prioritize what you need and rediscover items you forgot you had (hey, it happens!) My daughter actually emptied her closet and dresser and put everything on her bed, then rehung it in color blocks to see which items might match that she has never worn together. She discovered that a plum purple cardigan and a pair of white jeans would go far in her wardrobe, and that she’d rather spend money on new boots than new dresses. Purchase a few key, versatile pieces to keep costs low while maintaining your personal style. Holding off a bit will also give you time to see what works with the crowd at school and the temperature of your classrooms, and you can pick up more in Sept. around Labor Day or Oct. during Columbus Day sales.

4. Beware of Trends
There’s no better time to embrace trends than during high school, but beware of spending too much on fads since trends are fleeting and become quickly outdated. Shop for up-and-coming styles at inexpensive stores like Kohl’s, Wet Seal or Target, and embrace the latest without cramming your budget. Or hit up Consignment Stores like Plato’s Closet or Buffalo Exchange. You can even bring your old items in and try to trade them for cash!

5. Don’t Forget your Hair
A fresh haircut can be an essential part of preparing for back-to-school. Remington College is offering free haircuts to those under 17 years old, so check their site for locations and dates. You should also bookmark Lauren Conrad’s The Beauty Department website or Facebook page – it’s an awesome site full of  tutorials on the latest hairstyles and makeup.

6. Remember to Be Social
Back-to-school is a time for retailers to woo consumers with sales and promotions. Follow your favorite brands and stores on Twitter and Facebook to get coupons and learn about sales first. Retailers often announce upcoming sales and exclusive discounts for followers, so it pays to stay in the loop! We’ll also tell you about sales we hear of on the Intimate Guide Facebook page.

Written in conjunction with Kendal Perez, a frugal fashionista and bargain shopper who helps fellow shopaholics find hassle-free ways to save money. As the marketing coordinator for Kinoli Inc. and site manager for a family of money-saving websites, Kendal has the resources to be an extreme couponer but prefers a less complicated approach to staying in-budget. For more information, visit HassleFreeSavings.com or follow Kendal on Twitter.

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