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Back-To-School Style Syllabus

Friday, August 02, 2013 Heather

I can't believe that it is already August?! Where has the summer gone? I feel like summer was here and gone before I was even comfortable enough to break out a pair shorts. Anyway, the dawning of August means summertime will be coming to a close and students will be going back to school. And I know that on the first day of school you will want to look fresh by rocking the latest trends and styles. Who doesn't? Lucky for you Halfstack readers, I have the inside scoop from three of Chicagoland's most prominent shopping destinations (Northbrook Court, Oakbrook Center, and Water Tower Place) on the freshest fashions and home goods to the coolest, need-‘em-now tech accessories for students of every age.

Below is a sneak peak at some of this school year’s most noteworthy trends and products. 

Gymboree at Northbrook Court, Oakbrook Center
Get ready for back to school fun with bright bold floral prints. Complete the outfit with a complementary flower headband and fancy footwear. 

 Dress, $23; Headband, $7

J.Crew at Northbrook Court and Oakbrook Center
A denim jacket is a traditional staple and yet trendy providing versatility to any outfit. Also, a great way to layer. (Personally, my favorite!)

Jacket, $128

Francesca’s Collection’s at Northbrook Court and Oakbrook Center
From standout stripes to punchy pattern and prints, a stylish satchel is a necessary accessory for all of your books and binders. Best of all this backpack fun and functional! 

Backpack, $68

Finish Line at Northbrook Court and Water Tower Place
Get in step and on-trend for this season with a pair of fun kicks. Bright colors and graphic patterns will be sure to make you standout this school year. 

Reebok sneakers, $90

Vera Bradley
at Oakbrook Center, Water Tower Place
Keep your academic and social calendars in sync this school year with a bright bold agenda. Vera Bradley offers a variety of coordinating prints and patterns. Pair your planner with a matching lunch bag. Designed to hold pre-packaged frozen meals or a thermos, this bag has a large zippered opening for easy access. An ID window on the side eliminates any mix-ups in the lunch room or cafeteria. 

Neiman Marcus at Northbrook Court and Oakbrook Center
Stripes are a must have for boys this season. Whether on a t-shirt or polo, stripes add a retro flair to fall. 

Splendid polo, $58

Banana Republic at Northbrook Court and Oakbrook Center
When the weather starts to become a bit chilly, be prepared with a stylish red jacket.

Jacket, $155

There ya have it folks! A quick preview of the Fall 2013 trends. Now you can start the year off with style.

- Heather Blazek 
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