A new school year brings new trends

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By Anna Lynch, Contributor

Warm evenings spent with friends, golden tans and family vacations all come to an end as students transition from the lazy days of summer back to school. The sounds of splashing in the water are soon replaced by the hustle and bustle of UNO’s student body scampering about campus.
Nothing can replace the relaxed attitude summer brings. But as the summer months wrap up and leaves begin to change, we must accept that fall is right around the corner and a busy school year awaits us.
This time of year can become hectic, no doubt. From having to purchase a stack of books weighing more than a small child, to making the inhumanly attempt from one end of campus to another in five minutes, pressure can surely mount.
Whether you handle stress like a champ, or curl into a fetal position at the thought of writing a five-page essay, don’t let life’s pressures put a damper on your style. Instead, stay positive and create your own miniature runway as you travel from class to class by sporting fall’s most wearable trends.
On the catwalk it’s not uncommon to see models donning eight-inch Christian Louboutins, while draped in what appears to be artwork. As awesome as it would be to see looks from the runway on the bodies of average citizens, realistically that isn’t the case.
With that, transitioning looks straight from Fashion Week to everyday ensembles can become a challenge, yet it’s far from impossible.
Try out fall’s most wanted trends as you prepare for another busy school year. Hours spent at the library never looked so stylish.
Leather Accents
Take the leather trend, for example. It makes an appearance nearly every season, but this fall the trend is exceptionally prominent. Leather accents add an edgy appearance to any look while staying on trend.
From quilted riding boots to chic shorts, leather has gone far beyond the classic jacket style. Opt for a more casual get-up by pairing a sleek pair of leather panel leggings with a suede vest and retro shades.  
Graphic Prints
Designers from Milan to New York, and everywhere in between, had their models donning graphic prints throughout Fashion Week. Geometric, digital, artistic and mixed prints bring bursts of color to any outfit.  
Adding the proper accessories can make or break this look. Opting for basic additions, like a solid scarf and neutral purse, will keep the outfit from looking too busy.
Winter Whites
Break the old-school rule by wearing head-to-toe winter whites after Labor Day. The style creates a fresh look and is an easy way to keep any outfit from feeling dull and lifeless. This trend is a simple way to transition spring and summer wardrobe pieces into ready-to-wear fall looks. Throw on a pair of pointed toe, metallic pumps to create an even more polished look.
Burgundy
Like leather, jewel tone garments seem to sneak their way back into the wardrobes of trendsetters coast to coast each fall. One color common among designer collections this season is burgundy. The deep hue adds a touch of sophistication to an everyday look. Pair this popular shade with other rich colors, such as navy and plum, to create a chic silhouette.

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