Back to School!

That first day back to school,… the anticipation, excitement, trepidation, all mixed together.   Today, my Facebook news feed is graced with countless first-day photos posted by proud (and relieved) parents.  The day creates memories and photo opportunities to be recounted for years to come.  Some of the images, we might rather forget.

For many kids, that all-important, first-day prep includes planning what to wear.  After all, the wrong outfit could mean the scorn of would-be new friends.  Seems we knew at an early age a thing or two about judgments and first impressions.

I was reminded recently about some of my own first-day ensembles while browsing this year’s fall fashions.  During a “certain era” (dates intentionally not documented), tartan plaids in seasonal hues of golds, greens, rusts and browns dominated girls’ fall dresses and skirts.

Love the tie?




Classique Entier "Baron" Plaid Jacket

Lafayette 148 plaid taffeta blouse

Classique Entier "Felise" Plaid Pencil Skirt

This shopping season offers remakes of those classic fall plaids.  The difference being, in the 2012 adult versions,  they arrive in grown-up fabrics and silhouettes.

Try the plaid pencil skirt if you’re long and straight-bodied.  Curvier figures benefit from the shaped silhouette of the blouse shown above.  The jacket shown is well-suited to the body that has some degree of natural waist emphasis, as it highlights with the self-belt in — plaid, of course!

In Fashion Merchandising 101, the primary principle?  “Fashion Always Repeats Itself.”   Never Forget.

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