Ask 13-year-old, eighth grade Abington Heights Middle School students Alexa Longcor, Cassidy Bartkowski, and Emily Mahoney to describe their individual fashion styles and their answers are collectively, “in,” meaning decidedly “in-style.”
“Up-to-date and modern…,” they added, while on a recent mission to coordinate some examples of fall back-to-school fashion trends at two local consignment stores, Plato’s Closet, 1029 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City and The Avenue Consignment Shoppe, 1106 Lackawanna Trail Rd., Clarks Summit.
The teens stay in touch with the fashion world and get many of their ideas from watching what movie stars, celebrities, and their friends are sporting.
Longcor often chooses sheer shirts worn over tank tops or camisoles.
“I typically wear jeans or leggings. I prefer a lot of patterns and colors,” she added. One of her favorite colors is purple, which she pairs with other shades of purple and blue.
Bartkowski said her choice of outfits is usually dictated by how she feels.
“If I’m tired, I will dress down with sweat pants. If I’m not tired and I want to dress nice, then I’ll dress nice. I don’t really wear jeans that much, so sometimes I wear sweat pants, other times I wear leggings, and other times patterned leggings.”
“I like when my shoes match,” she added. “If I have a gray shirt with jeans I would wear gray shoes to match.”
Mahoney said she “is dressy on certain days.”
“I play soccer, so sometimes with sports my outfit can be shorts and T-shirts, but other days I dress up if I want to look nice. If I’m tired I wear sweat pants.”
For weekend wear, they like to get away from the collared shirts that are part of their school’s dress code, and that means flowy tops worn with T-shirts, tank tops, jeans, and leggings.
“Graphic t-shirts are really in,” Mahoney said.
If you are still wondering what to wear when school opens, Avenue Consignment Shoppe Manager Abigail Pisanchyn suggests leggings, sheer tops, cutouts in shirts, a “girly” look with lace, a “cute little dress,” and “denim on denim” should keep you and your friends in line with current fashion trends.
If you’re not sure about footwear, Pisanchyn suggested military type combat boots, which are available in a variety of styles, patterns, and colors.
At Plato’s Closet, Manager Katie Tracy said shoppers will find “a huge selection of trendy, designer styles as well as those every day basics you can’t live without - all at up to 70 percent off mall retail prices.”
“Our store buys and sell girls sizes 0/1 to 15/16 and guys size 28 to 40 and tops adult XS to XL,” she said.
“The gently used clothing and accessories that we buy are top-name brands, cool, hip, trendy, clean, and in good condition. Typically we buy items that have been in the retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months and are current teen and young adult styles still seen in the mall.”
Before heading out to buy clothes, students and parents should refer to their school’s dress code policy.