Back to school with two teenagers at home
September is always a month of resolve for me, and I think for a lot of us. After receiving the sun energy from summer holidays, I come back to my daily routines with renewed strength. I want to do everything better—change bad habits, eat healthy, get more exercise, clean up the house, put all our closets in order, see more of my friends. I hope these good resolutions last! I’ll let you know how I’m doing in a couple of months!
The return is also marked by back-to-school preparations. In my case, I have two teenagers at home, and it has been very interesting to shop with them. They keep me totally up to date when it comes to the latest trends for teenagers between 13 and 19 years old. Especially my daughter, who loves fashion. And no, she does not get it from me. Her love for fashion, colors, prints, combinations, and shapes goes far beyond my own. I think that perhaps she gets it from her dad. She is also very interested in cosmetics and make-up!
As for my son, he is a little less interested in fashion, but I can see that he cares more about it this year. He wants to look good and show his style to be accepted by the group. I guess fashion is one way that we tell the world about ourselves— our personalities, environments, schools, friends, and probably much more. And teenagers definitely want to “belong” somewhere.
Let’s start with the compilation.
Back to school with two teenagers at home
It has been funny to see some of the trends I wore many years ago come back. For example, Anouk (my daughter) was delighted with her first flared trousers! You should have seen her face when I told her that flared trousers are actually very old!! So funny. I guess she still needs to study the history of fashion.
Anyway, she now has flared trousers, leopard print trousers, and a polka dot ruffled skirt in her closet, and these are three of the must-haves of the season for teenagers and young girls.
Above this line ruffled skirt. Below flared trousers. Both by Les Coyotes de Paris.
She also bought a couple of items in yellow/ochre, another trend of the AW 2018-19. Below is a dress with animal print that she loves. She found it here, but I guess this is a style you can find in many other shops across Europe? For example by Brownie Spain…
You’ll have to tell me if the Amsterdam trends differ a lot from the ones you see in your cities and countries. I am very curious about it! It’s always nice to spot the similarities and differences.
Bags, belts, jewelry, and hair accessories are also very important for little fashionistas. Bags for teenagers are mainly small cross-body bags in red and black. A lot of them have metal details, but we prefer them without too much metal, more discrete, and made of a nice soft leather—like this one by Mae & Ivy.
When it comes to jewelry, the trend appears to be mainly minimalist, but we have seen a lot of options. And when I say a lot, I really mean a lot!! Both in silver and gold, the possibilities are endless. These earrings below were one of the most wanted items in the shops over the weekend. This is because these are very much present on YouTube and Instagram, and young girls are very receptive to the messages in these spaces.
Scrunchies by Envii online
As far as backpacks go, we have seen a lot of different brands, but these were finally the chosen ones. Fjällraven is still very popular, but we prefer this Japanese brand, Anello. They’re available at Zalando ; ), so there’s no need to go to Asia to buy one. We found them to be nice and practical and a little better priced than other backpacks.
For the boys, anything that has a sporty look is good, especially the Nike Tech fleece collection. It got a lot of hype two years ago, and it seems like they are still going strong. Unbelievable! The same is true for Puma’s hoodies and sweaters.
Photography by Cyclonesmag.fr
Scotch and Soda is also a safe choice for the boys. The collections are never boring, and they’re full of color and personality.
Lee’s and Levi’s are favorites when it comes to jeans, and I cannot forget some items from the G-Star collection. For a note of color, Kenzo’s sweaters for boys are great. Some items by Hound (a Danish brand) are also optimum back-to-school garments for teenage boys.
That’s all! you might be wondering why there are no mentions to notebooks, pencils and other typical back to school items? Well, it seems teenagers still like those things but they are slightly more interested in anything they can wear. Not to forget telephones and tablets take a big part of their time both at home and school.
Another day maybe more about this super connected or should we say “overconnected” generation?